Dr. Margaret E. McCully

Doctor of Science

The distinguished plant biologist, Dr. Margaret McCully is Director of the Carleton Cryoanalytical Microscopy Facility at Carleton University. She received her B.Sc. and an M.Sc. from the University of Toronto. Her early employment included being Research Associate for the Park Davis Company in Detroit, U.S.A., teaching science at an Ontario high school, and teaching biology at a girls? school in England. In 1962, she became a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and obtained her Ph.D. there in 1966. She then joined Carleton University as an Assistant Professor, being promoted to Full Professor in 1977. She was appointed to her present position in 1990. Dr. McCully has been widely honoured for her work. She has been invited as Visiting Fellow to universities in England and Australia and was Honorary Vice-President of the XIII International Botanical Congress held in Sydney, Australia, in 1981. In 1987, she received the Carleton University Scholarly Achievement Award, and in the same year was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her research has aimed at understanding how plant roots exploit the soil environment in search of nutrients, a factor of key importance in agriculture and horticulture. For these studies, Dr. McCully has developed new approaches and techniques using the latest developments in light and electron microscopy. She has published numerous scholarly papers and presented her work internationally in the form of outstanding lectures and workshops.