Texas Tech University

Liam McGuire

Assistant Professor

Email: liam.mcguire@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-5129

Dr. McGuire

Research Interests

My research focusses on the ecology and physiology of bats and birds in situations of energy limitation (e.g., migration, hibernation) and the strategies these animals use to cope with environmental variation, often in the context of conservation issues. I take an integrative approach using techniques ranging from molecular biology and biochemistry, to whole animal physiology, behavioral and movement ecology. Bats and birds are the only extant vertebrates capable of powered flight. The comparison of bats and birds is particularly interesting given the common selective pressures of flight. A current research focus is the physiological ecology of bat migration. In this research, I use the extensive body of bird migration literature as a basis for developing predictions about bat migration. I am also using the findings from bat migration studies to provide insight into novel aspects of bird migration. Another current research focus is the physiological ecology and pathophysiology of hibernating bats affected by white-nose syndrome, a devastating fungal disease responsible for killing millions of North American bats.

Selected Publications

  • Pannkuk, E.L., L.P. McGuire, D.F. Gilmore, B.J. Savary, and T.S. Risch. 2014. Glycerophospholipid analysis of eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis) hair by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chemical Ecology.40: 227 – 235.
  • Wilcox, A., L.T. Warnecke, J.M. Turner, L.P. McGuire, J.W. Jameson, V. Misra, T. Bollinger, and C.K.R. Willis. 2014. Behavioural changes of hibernating little brown bats experimentally inoculated with the pathogen that causes white-nose syndrome. Animal Behaviour. 88: 157 - 164.
  • McGuire, L.P., M.B. Fenton, and C.G. Guglielmo. 2013. Seasonal upregulation of catabolic enzymes and fatty acid transporters in the flight muscle of migrating hoary bats, Lasiurus cinereus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B. 165: 138 – 143.
  • McGuire, L.P., and W.A. Boyle. 2013. Altitudinal migration in bats: evidence, patterns, and processes. Biological Reviews. 88: 767-786.
  • McGuire, L.P., M.B. Fenton, and C.G. Guglielmo. 2013. Phenotypic flexibility in migrating bats: seasonal variation in body composition, organ sizes, and fatty acid profiles. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216: 800 – 808.
  • McGuire, L.P., C.G. Guglielmo, S.A. Mackenzie, and P.D. Taylor. 2012. Migratory stopover in the long-distance migrant silver-haired bat, Lasionycteris noctivagans. Journal of Animal Ecology. 81: 377 – 385.
  • McGuire, L.P. and C.G. Guglielmo. 2009. What can birds tell us about the migration physiology of bats? Journal of Mammalogy. 90: 1290 – 1297.

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Address

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

    806.742.2715
  • Email

    biology@ttu.edu