More About Dr. McGrady

Dr. Jill McGrady is a senior leader at Great Ecology and provides technical expertise and oversight for habitat restoration projects across the United States. She has over 15 years of experience in ecological restoration, where she specializes in Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR), strategic natural resource evaluations, wetland and stream mitigation, environmental permitting, and natural capital assessments.

Dr. McGrady manages the San Diego technical staff and oversees a number of the firm’s restoration and mitigation projects, where she applies predictive modeling to determine natural resource service losses, evaluate restoration alternatives, identify mitigation requirements, and set monitoring objectives following environmental impacts from mining, refinery, oil spill, and other contamination events. Dr. McGrady has managed several projects with an expert witness component and is familiar with the administrative and confidential aspects of litigation support.

Dr. McGrady brings extensive knowledge of project management , business development, proposal writing, as well as technical expertise in aquatic ecosystem structure and function. She has multiple publications in leading academic journals and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Allegheny College, a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University.

Dr. McGrady's Publications

  • Petchey, O. L., J. McGrady-Steed, and P. J. Morin. 2005. Measuring the functional diversity of food webs. In: de Ruiter, P. C., V. Walters, and J. C. Moore (eds.), Dynamic Food Webs-Multispecies Assemblages, Ecosystem Development, and Environmental Change. Elsevier-Academic Press, pp.334-347.
  • Morin, P. J. and J. McGrady-Steed. 2004. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in aquatic microbial systems: a new analysis of temporal variation and diversity - predictability relations. Oikos 104: 458-466.
  • 1. Petchey, O. L., P.J. Morin, F.D. Hulot, M. Loreau, J. McGrady-Steed, and S. Naeem. 2002. Contributions of aquatic model systems to our understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. In: Loreau, M., S. Naeem, and P. Inchausti, (eds.), Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Syntheses and Perspectives. Oxford University Press, pp. 127-138.
  • Fox, J. W. and J. McGrady-Steed. 2002. Stability and complexity in microcosm communities. Journal of Animal Ecology, 71: 749–756.
  • McGrady-Steed, J. and P. J. Morin. 2000. Biodiversity, density compensation, and the dynamics of population and functional groups. Ecology 81: 361-373.
  • McGrady-Steed, J., P.M. Harris and P.J. Morin. 1997. Biodiversity regulates ecosystem predictability. Nature 390: 162-165.
  • McGrady-Steed, J. and P.J. Morin. 1996. Experimental studies of disturbance and diversity in the microbial communities of rain pools. Oikos 76: 93-102.