Morgan Luce McLeod

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Morgan Luce McLeod
Ecosystem Ecology and Invasion Researcher
Morgan graduated with a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from University of Montana in 2014 where she studied the effects of invasion on plant productivity and nitrogen availability in grasslands. She has a B.S. in environmental science from Oregon State University. As an undergraduate, Morgan worked in a USGS ecosystem ecology lab and conducted research on nutrient cycling in coastal old growth forests. After college, she managed a soils analytical lab at Northern Arizona University, and conducted research on fuel loads and woody debris decomposition at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico.

Morgan works in the field and lab at MPG and is involved in many projects related to the mechanics of invasion and the efficacy of restoration treatments underground. She runs analytical equipment, monitors ecosystem function and nutrient cycling in the field and experimental plots, and dabbles in method optimization and development. In her spare time Morgan boats, skis, gardens and spends time with her husband and dog.

Lekberg, Y., Wagner, V., Rummel, A., McLeod, M., & Ramsey, P. W.   (2017).  Strong indirect herbicide effects on mycorrhizal associations through plant community shfts and secondary invasions.  Ecological Applications  27(8), 2359-2368. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1613.
Published Paper

McLeod, M. L., Cleveland, C. C., Lekberg, Y., Maron, J. L., Philippot, L., Bru, D., & Callaway, R. M.  (2016).  Exotic invasive plants increase productivity, abundance of ammonia-oxiziding bacteria and nitrogen availability in intermountain grasslands.  Journal of Ecology  104(4), 994-1002. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12584.
Published Paper

Gonzalez, G. & Luce, M.M.  (2013).  Woody debris characterization along an elevation gradient in northeastern Puerto Rico.  Ecological Bulletins  54, 181-193.
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