Texas Tech University

Nancy McIntyre

Professor
Landscape & Community Ecology & Curator of Birds, Natural Science Research Laboratory

Email: nancy.mcintyre@ttu.edu

Phone: 1 (806) 834-7977

  • Postdoctoral research, Urban Ecology, Arizona State University (1998-2000)
  • Ph.D., Ecology, Colorado State University (1998)
  • M.S., Zoology, University of Georgia (1993)
  • B.S. Magna cum laude, Zoology, University of Georgia (1991)
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Research Interests

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie at the intersection of landscape ecology, community ecology, and conservation.  More specifically, my interests focus on examining how human activity affects the abundance, distribution, and extinction risk of animals by altering the spatial distribution of resources in heterogeneous and dynamic landscapes.  The research projects conducted by me and my students typically focus on arthropods and birds in grasslands and urban ecosystems.  Of all the anthropogenic activities that affect organisms, landscape change stemming from land conversion (primarily agriculture and urbanization) is the most intensive and cosmopolitan and is the overarching theme that links the research projects being conducted in my lab.  I have worked on various aspects of land conversion for over 20 years.  My main interest stems from how land conversion disrupts habitat selection done by animals.  The overall leitmotif of my career has focused on why animals occur where they do.  This ultimately relates to landscape connectivity, which allows movement to occur and thus, ultimately, enables habitat selection to occur.

With both applied and basic research projects going on in my lab that dovetail with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education (e.g. the PRISM program) and museum science, our activities mesh research with teaching and outreach.

Selected Publications

  • McIntyre, N.E., J.C. Drake, and K.L. Griffis-Kyle. 2016. A connectivity and wildlife management conflict in isolated desert waters. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:655-666.
  • Starr, S.M., L.J. Heintzman, K.R. Mulligan, L.S. Barbato, and N.E. McIntyre. 2016. Using remotely sensed imagery to document how land use drives turbidity of playa waters in Texas. Remote Sensing 8:192.
  • Collins, S.D., L.J. Heintzman, S.M. Starr, C.K. Wright, G.M. Henebry, and N.E. McIntyre. 2014. Hydrological dynamics of temporary wetlands in the southern Great Plains as a function of surrounding land use. Journal of Arid Environments 109:6-14 
  • McIntyre, N.E., C.K. Wright, S. Swain, G. Liu, F.W. Schwartz, G.M. Henebry, and K. Hayhoe. 2014. Climate forcing of wetland landscape connectivity in the Great Plains. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12:59-64.
  • Ruiz, L.J., N.N. Parikh, L.J. Heintzman, S.D. Collins, S.M. Starr, C.K. Wright, G.M. Henebry, N. van Gestel, and N.E. McIntyre. 2014. Dynamic connectivity of temporary wetlands in the southern Great Plains. Landscape Ecology 29:507-516.   
  • McIntyre, N.E., K. Knowles-Yánez, and D. Hope. 2000. Urban ecology as an interdisciplinary field: differences in the use of "urban" between the social and natural sciences. Urban Ecosystems 4:5-24.
    • A “top 10 downloaded articles” for Urban Ecosystems.
    • Included in Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature (J.M. Marzluff, E. Shulenberger, W. Endlicher, M. Alberti, G. Bradley, C. Ryan, U. Simon, and C. ZumBrunnen, eds.), pp. 49-65. Springer, 2008. [A compilation of the “classic” papers from the field of urban ecology.]
    • Included in Urban Ecology: Critical Concepts in Geography (I. Douglas, ed.). Routledge Publishing, 2015. [A compilation of the “classic” papers from urban ecology and urban geography.]
  • Niemelä, J., J.H. Breuste, T. Elmqvist, G. Guntenspergen, P. James, and N.E. McIntyre, eds. 2011. Urban Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Applications. Oxford University Press.  
  • Shochat, E., P.S. Warren, S.H. Faeth, N.E. McIntyre, and D. Hope. 2006. Urban mechanistic ecology: from patterns to emerging processes. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21:186-191.  

Complete list of publications.

Department of Biological Sciences

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    Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Box 43131 Lubbock, TX 79409
  • Phone

    806.742.2715
  • Email

    biology@ttu.edu