S. Kyle McKay

 

Download my CV here (pdf).

 

ABOUT ME

I am an adjunct faculty member at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia in Athens.My passion is water and natural resource management in the most general sense, and my background includes degrees in environmental engineering (Colorado State), civil engineering (University of Illinois), and ecology (University of Georgia).I hope to someday become an ecological engineer (i.e., one that "promotes the development of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both", American Ecological Engineering Society).

 

In addition to my role at UGA, I am fortunate to work as a researcher for the Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.My research focuses broadly on the ecological effects of water resources infrastructure.I work within a fantastic team of people including: Dr. Craig Fischenich, Sarah Miller, Jock Conyngham, Dr. Bruce Pruitt, Bobby McComas, and many others.I am stationed in Athens, Georgia to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between the Corps, the University of Georgia, and the EPA Ecosystems Research Division.You can find out more about my background, research, and publications on my CV (see link at top of page).

 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing soccer (Go SeaMonkeys!), reading, cooking, backpacking, and hanging out in/around rivers.I am prone to brag about my vegetable garden (for which my wife Alexa McKay deserves all of the credit).Other items I find intriguing include growing mustaches for a cause and arguing about water policy with my mom.

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Ph.D., Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering (Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering) at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2007
  • B.S., Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, 2005

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

  • University of Georgia
    • Adjunct faculty, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Nov 2014-Present
    • Affiliate faculty, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, March 2015-Present
  • Research Civil Engineer � U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Environmental Laboratory (EL), Athens, Georgia, August 2007 � Present
  • Graduate Research Assistant � University of Illinois Department of Civil Engineering, Ven te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, Urbana, Illinois, August 2005 � December 2006
  • Ranger (Backpacking Guide) � Philmont Boy Scout Ranch, Cimarron, NM, Summer 2004
  • Technician � Engineering Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, October 2001 to May 2005 (Part-time)
  • Technician � ERDC, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Summer 2001/2

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Journal Articles

 

McKay S.K.2015.Quantifying trade-offs associated with hydrologic environmental flow methods.Journal of the American Water Resources Association.Forthcoming.doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12328.

 

McKay S.K., Schramski J.R., Conyngham J.N., and Fischenich J.C.2013.Assessing upstream fish passage connectivity with network analysis.Ecological Applications, 23 (6), 1396-1409.doi: 10.1890/12-1564.1.

 

Stone M.C., Chen L., McKay S.K., Goreham J., Acharya K., Fischenich C., and Stone A.B.2013.Bending of submerged woody riparian vegetation as a function of hydraulic flow conditions.River Research and Applications, 29 (2), 195-205.doi: 10.1002/rra.1592.

 

Conference Proceeding Papers[1]

 

Manning D., Bumpers P., Brown R., Giri B., and McKay S.K.2015.Long-term citizen-led monitoring detects biological responses to an acute toxicity event in Trail Creek, Athens, GA, USA.2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia.

 

McKay S.K., Batt L., Bringolf R.B., Davie S., Elkins D.A., and Hoenke K.2013.Fish passage in Georgia: Planning for the future.2013 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia.

 

McKay S.K. and Rasmussen T.C.2013.Declaring drought for effective water management.2013 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia.

 

Pruitt B.A. and McKay S.K.2013.Integration of stream flow duration with hydraulic geometry in the Southern Piedmont.2013 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia.

 

Katz R.A. and McKay S.K.2011.Evaluating effects of pump-storage water withdrawals using an individual-based metapopulation model of a benthic fish species.2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia.

 

McKay S.K., Pruitt B.A., Anderson C.J., Curran J., del Orca Archoa A., Freeman M.C., Rashleigh B., and Trawick E.2011.Constructing a conceptual model linking drivers and ecosystem services in Piedmont streams.2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia.

 

Goreham J., McKay S.K., Stone M., Acharya K., and Fischenich J.C.2009.Riparian vegetation bending and washout in the Southwestern U.S.33rd IAHR Congress.Vancouver, Canada.pp. 6625-6632.

 

McKay S.K., Pruitt B.A., and Covich A.P.2009.Monitoring ecosystem integrity.2009 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, Georgia.

 

Parker G., Sequeiros O., and River Morphodynamics Class Spring, 2006.2006.Large Scale River Morphodynamics: Application to the Mississippi Delta.Proceedings River Flow 2006 Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 6-8, 2006, Balkema.

 

Government Documents

 

Burks-Copes K., Russo E., Bourne S., Case M., Davis A., Fischenich C., Follum M., Li H., Lin L., Lofton S., McKay S.K., Mlakar P., Morang A., Pranger S., Pickett R., Ratcliff J., Rull�n-Rodr�guez J., Schultz M., Simms J., Smith E., Smith J., Talbot C., and Winters K.2014.Risk quantification for sustaining coastal military installation assets and mission capabilities.Technical Report. RC-1701. Department of Defense, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), Alexandria, VA.

 

McKay S.K. and Fischenich J.C.2014.Uncertainty and sensitivity of ecosystem restoration decisions: A case study from coastal Louisiana.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-21.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K. and Fischenich J.C.2014.Case study: Sensitivity analysis of the Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Wetland Value Assessment model.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-20.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K.2013.Alternative environmental flow management schemes.ERDC TN-EMRRP-SR-46.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Convertino M., Baker K., Lu C., Vogel J.T., McKay S.K., and Linkov I.2013.Metric selection for ecosystem restoration.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-19.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Fischenich J.C., McKay S.K., Miller S.J., Price D., Pruitt B.A., Skaggs L.L., Suedel B.C., and Tazik D.2013.Science-based framework for environmental benefits assessment.ERDC EL TR-13-4.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K., Wilson C.R., and Piatkowski D.2012.Currituck Sound estuary restoration: A case study in objective setting.�� ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-17.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K., Linkov I., Fischenich J.C., Miller S.J., and Valverde L.J.2012.Ecosystem restoration objectives and metrics.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-16.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Schultz M.S., McKay S.K., and Hales L.Z.2012.The quantification and evolution of resilience in integrated coastal systems.ERDC TR-12-7.Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Program.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K. and Pruitt B.A.2012.An approach for developing regional environmental benefits analysis models.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-14.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Corcoran M.K. Peters J.F., Dunbar J.B., Llopis J.L., Tracy F.T., Wibowo J.L., Simms J.E., Kees C.E., McKay S.K., Fischenich J.C., Farthing M.W., Glynn M.E., Robbins B.A., Strange R.C., Schultz M.S., Clarke J.U., Berry T.E., Little C.D., and Lee L.T.2011.Initial research into the effects of woody vegetation on levees.ERDC TR to HQUSACE.Volumes 1-4.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Anderson M., Smith J.M., and McKay S.K.2011.Wave dissipation by vegetation.ERDC/CHL CHETN-I-82.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K. and Fischenich J.C.2011.Robust prediction of hydraulic roughness.ERDC/CHL CHETN-VII-11.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Fischenich J.C. and McKay S.K.2011.Hydrologic analyses for stream restoration design.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-08.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Suedel B.C., Burks-Copes K., Kim J., and McKay S.K.2011.Using multi-criteria decision analysis to support ecosystem restoration planning.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-07.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Conyngham J., McKay S.K., Fischenich C., and Artho D.2011.Environmental benefits analysis of fish passage on the Truckee River, Nevada: A case study of multi-action-dependent benefits quantification.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-06.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K., Pruitt B.A., Harberg M., Covich A.P., Kenney M.A., and Fischenich J.C.2010.Metric development and application for environmental benefits analysis.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-04.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K.2009.Reducing spreadsheet errors.ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-03.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Other Publications

 

McKay S.K.2015.Help protect Athens� water resources.Letter to the Editor, Athens Banner-Herald, July 1, 2015.���

 

McKay S.K.2015.Upper Oconee Watershed Network.Opinion-Editorial, Athens Banner-Herald, May 28, 2015.���

 

McKay S.K., Rushmore J.L., Buhnerkempe M.G., Craft M., Covich A.P., Gillaranz L.J., and Lau M.K.2013.Ignite ESA Session 13: Ecological analysis using network science and graph theory.Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Vol. 94 (4), 398-400.

 

McKay S.K. and Kellett K.2012.2012 Graduate Student Symposium.EcoVoice.University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology Newsletter, Vol. 3 (1).

 

McKay S.K. and Rasmussen T.C.2012.Pay attention to drought measurement data.Opinion-Editorial, Athens Banner-Herald, April 12, 2012.���

 

McKay S.K.2009.Reducing spreadsheet errors.Planning Ahead.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning Community of Practice Newsletter, Vol. 12 (10), November 2009.

 

Publications in Late Stages ��

 

McKay S.K.Meaningless mean discharge in environmental management?Submitted.

 

McKay S.K., Freeman M.C., and Covich A.P.Application of effective discharge analysis to environmental flow decision making.In review at Environmental Management.

 

McKay S.K., Covich A.P., Freeman M.C., and Schramski J.R.Sensitivity analysis of ecologically-effective discharge metrics.Submitted to Hydrological Processes.

 

McKay S.K.Visualizing long-term data: A case study of hydrologic variability.Submitted.

 

McKay S.K. and Fischenich J.C.Submitted.Rapid hydraulic analyses for stream restoration.ERDC TN-EMRRP.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

McKay S.K. and Fischenich J.C.In press.Development and application of flow duration curves for stream restoration.ERDC TN-EMRRP.U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

MODELS & TOOLS[2]

 

 

SERVICE AND OUTREACH

 

  • Ecoreach � Graduate Student Outreach Program, Odum School of Ecology
  • Oglethorpe County Middle School, 7th grade environmental science class
  • Boy Scouts of America, Merit Badge Counselor (environmental science)
  • Public comments and letters to the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission

 

TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP

 

  • WASR 8980 � River Restoration � 2 credit hours
    • Seminar course addressing the motivations for restoration, restoration planning processes, alternative disciplinary viewpoints, and key restoration techniques and methods
  • Ecological Modeling � Short course for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • Co-developed with Dr. Todd Swannack
    • Ecological model development for ecosystem restoration, including: conceptualization, quantification, evaluation, and application
  • Miscellaneous guest lectures at the University of Georgia in Forestry, Law, Ecology, and Environmental Health Science
  • USACE Planning Associates Training Program
  • Academic Committee Membership
    • Jessica Chappell, PhD Student, UGA Odum School of Ecology, Hydrologic connectivity of migratory shrimp, 2013-Present
    • Surendra Shrestha, MS Student, UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Exploring the water-energy-land cover nexus in the Oconee River Watershed
  • Mentoring:
    • Ridwan Bhuiyan, University of Georgia, undergraduate student
    • Lucas Montouchet, high school student
    • Matt Dunham, Coastal Carolina University, undergraduate student

 

PERSONAL INTERESTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

 

  • Upper Oconee Watershed Network
    • Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee Chair � 2012-Present
  • Home vegetable gardening
  • Fitness � Soccer (Go Seamonkeys!), Yoga, Running, Triathlon (Ironman Arizona 2007 Finisher)
  • Outdoors � Backpacking, Snow Skiing, Hiking
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1, Athens, Georgia, Assistant Scoutmaster, 2008-2012



[1] These documents only include full-length paper proceedings.Abstract only proceedings are not included.

[2] Numerical models developed for application by other users (e.g., USACE field practitioners, stream restoration professionals).