Grant McKown

Undergraduate Student


Just a mile shy of the Tennessee-Georgia line, Grant grew up outside of his adopted hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Falling in love with the natural world around the Scenic City, he spent countless days trail running and hiking up and down Lookout Mountain and along the Tennessee River. It’s not a shock when coming to the University of Georgia, he would embrace pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Ecology. Recent backpack excursions to Cumberland Island and the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as a Tropical Reforestation Research opportunity to the mountainous regions of Costa Rica, nurtured a desire to understand and appreciate the complexity and innate beauty of ecosystems. Grant is hoping to pursue a Master’s Degree in Ecological Engineering focusing on combining the principles of engineering and ecological restoration in riverine, estuarine, and coastal systems. He is fascinated a restored natural systems ability to not only ameliorate local habitats but also strengthen infrastructure and community resiliency. In the IRIS lab, he hopes to learn about different modeling tools and techniques to analyze water resources throughout the south. If you can’t find Grant in the lab, odds are he is lying in his eno by the turtle pond or out backpacking in mountains of Northwest Georgia.