Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3131
(806) 742-1828 ext. 242, (806) 742-4340, or (806) 742-2715 (message)
Date and Place of Birth: April 28, 1958; Corpus Christi, TX
2000 Tropical Marine Biology, Hofstra University Marine Lab, St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.
1983 – 1989 Ph. D. Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
1980 – 1983 M.S. Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
1982 Fern Mountain Field Ecology Course, University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ.
1976 – 1980 B.A. Zoology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.
Professional Diving Education
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer 2002
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor 2001
- specialties in Deep Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Fish ID, Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Multilevel Diver, and Altitude Diver.
- distinctive specialties in Natural History of San Solomon Springs and Research Diver
2005 - present. Associate Professor, The Honors College and Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
2003 - present. Biology Instructor and Scuba Instructor, Odyssey Expeditions, British Virgin Islands (June - August)
1997 - 2005. Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
1991 – 1997. Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
1989 – 1991. Post-doctoral Research Associate (with David Tilman) Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota,
1983–1989. Graduate Teaching Fellow. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
1982 – 1983. Graduate Teaching Assistant. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
1980 – 1982. Graduate Research Assistant (with Christopher C. Smith), Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
McGinley, M.A. 2005. Transferring a course developed for honors students to non-majors biology students: lessons learned. Honors in Practice, Fall/Winter, pp. 85-9.
McIntyre, N, M.A. McGinley, L.D. Densmore, and L. Smith. 2005. The Wildlife of the Llano Estacado. In J. Lee (Ed). The Llano Estacado, Texas Tech University Press (in press).
McGinley, M.A. 2003. The Process of Science. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.
Willig, M.R. and M. A. McGinley. 1999. The response of animals to disturbance and their roles in path generation. Pp. 633 – 657 in Ecosystems of Disturbed Ground, L.R. Walker (ed). Elsevier Press, Amsterdam
S.G., M.A. McGinley, and C.R. Werth. 1998. Clonal population structure and
genetic variation in sand-shinnery oak. American Journal of Botany 85:1609-1617.
M.A., S. S. Dhillion, and J. Neumann. 1994. Environmental heterogeneity and
seedling establishment: ant:plant:microbe interactions. Functional Ecology
S. S, M. A. McGinley, C. F. Friese, and J. C. Zak. 1994. Construction of sand
shinnery oak communities of the Llano Estacado: animal disturbances, plant
community structure, and restoration. Restoration
M. A. and D. Tilman. 1994. Short-term
response of old-field plant communities to fire and disturbance. American
Midland Naturalist 129:409-413.
M. A. 1994. Variation in reproductive characteristics of Poa pratensis across a
successional chronosequence. The Texas Journal of Science 45:107-108.
M. A., C. C. Smith, P. F. Elliott, and J. J. Higgins. 1990. Morphological
constraints on seed mass in lodgepole pine. Functional Ecology 4:183-192.
M. A. 1989. Within and among plant variation in seed mass in Tragopogon dubius. Canadian Journal of Botany 62:1298-1304.
M.A. 1989. The influence of a positive relationship between clutch size and
offspring survival on optimal offspring size. Evolutionary Ecology 3:150-156.
M.A. and E.J. Brigham. 1989. Fruit morphology and terminal velocity in Tragopogon
dubius. Functional Ecology 3:489-496.
M.A. and E.L. Charnov. 1988. Multiple resources and the optimal balance between
size and number of offspring. Evolutionary
McGinley, M. A., D. H, Temme, and M. A. Geber. 1987. Parental investment in offspring in variable environments: theoretical and empirical considerations: American Naturalist 130:370-398.
M. A. and T. G. Whitham. 1984. Central place foraging by beavers: a test of
foraging predictions and the impact of selective feeding on the growth form of
cottonwoods. Oecologia 66:558 – 562.
M. A. 1984. The adaptive value of male-biased sex ratios in stressed animals.
American Naturalist 124:508-509.
M. A. 1984. Central place foraging
for non-food items: determination of the stick size-value relationship of house
building materials collected by eastern woodrats. American Naturalist 123:841-853.
Fugle, G. N, S. I. Rothstein, C. W. Osenberg, and M, A. McGinley. 1984. Signals of status in wintering white-crowned sparrows. Animal Behavior 32:86-93.
1990 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
Department of Biological Sciences. University of Pittsburgh
Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University
1991 Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
1993 University of North Texas Tech University
1994 Cedar Creek Natural History Area, University of Minnesota
1997 Department of Biology, Southwest Texas State University
Resource allocation decisions by plants: effects on population and community organization. Resource Allocation Processes: The Connection Between Individual and Population Levels of Organization. Savannah River Ecology Lab, symposium organized by J. D. Congdon and A. E. Dunham, Jan/Feb 1997.
Secondary succession on a Minnesota sand plain. McGinley, M.A. and D. Tilman. 1992 Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Junction, TX
Effects of animal disturbances on environmental heterogeneity in the sand shinnery oak community of West Texas. McGinley, M.A., S.S. Dhillion, and C. Friese. 1993. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Section of AAAS. Albuquerque, NM.
Ant-plant-microbe interactions in sand shinnery oak communities of West Texas. Neumann, J, and M.A. McGinley. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Section of AAAS. Albuquerque, NM.
The effects of the microbial community and soil fertility on seedling establishment in little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium). Mehdiabadi, N.J. and M.A. McGinley. 1994. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Section of AAAS. Durango, CO.
Effects of cattle activity on plant community structure in the sand shinnery oak community of western Texas. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Section of AAAS. Durango, CO.
Clonal structure of Quercus havardii. Mayes, S. and M.A. McGinley, and C.W. Werth. 1994. Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Section of AAAS. Durango, CO.
Clonal structure of Quercus havardii. Mayes, S. and M.A. McGinley, and C.W. Werth. 1994. Southeastern Botanists, Alabama
Costs and benefits of VAM-plant interactions. McGinley, M.A. and S.S. Dhillion. 1994. Ecological Society of America. Knoxville, TN.
Effects of cattle activity on plant community structure in the sand shinnery oak community of western Texas. Holland, M and M.A. McGinley. 1994. Ecological Society of America. Knoxville, TN
Animal disturbance, the regeneration niche, and herbaceous plant species diversity in the sand shinnery oak community of western Texas. McGinley, M.A., J.C. Neumann, and N.J. Mehdiabadi. 1995. Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
Blowout island biogeography: islands of inhospitable habitat in an only slightly more hospitable sea. Holland, M., R. Meunnier, and M.A. McGinley. 1995. Ecological Society of America. Snowbird, UT.
Effects of soil nutrient content and microbial community on seedling and growth and behavior: of what a tangled web! Mehdiabadi, N.J. and M.A. McGinley. Ecological Society of America. Snowbird, UT.
The effects of litter removal on soil characteristics in the sand shinnery oak community of western Texas. Jeffery, J., C. Guthrie, and M.A. McGinley. 1996. Southwestern Association of Naturalists. McAllen, TX.
Animal disturbances, the regeneration niche, and plant species richness in sand shinnery oak communities of West Texas. McGinley, M.A., J. Neumann, and N.J. Mehdiabadi. 1996. Southwestern Association of Naturalists. McAllen, TX.
The effect of animal feces on soil characteristics and seedling growth in sand shinnery oak community of West Texas. Purdom, A. and M.A. McGinley. 1996. Southwestern Association of Naturalists. McAllen, TX.
Linking resource allocation with population and community level patterns. McGinley, M.A. and J.M. Jeffery. 1997. Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Fayetteville, AK.
Retarded responses to disturbance. McGinley, M.A., J.M Jeffery, and M.H. Mills. 1997. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM.
The effects of leaf litter layer on seedling establishment in the sand shinnery oak community of western Texas. J.M. Jeffery and M.A. McGinley. Ecological Society of America. Albuquerque, NM.
Optimal investment in dispersal structures: a model and test. McGinley, M.A. 1998. Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Albuquerque, NM.
Productivity, disturbance, and community structure in a shinnery oak grassland. Skylstad, P.L., and M.A. McGinley. Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Albuquerque, NM.
Leaf litter layer and seedling establishment: a differential response by two grass species. Jeffery, J.M. and M.A. McGinley. 1998. Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Albuquerque, NM
** won Best Student Paper Award from Midcontinent Section of the American Botanical Society.
The effect of diaspore morphology on wind dispersal of grass and forb seeds. Paglia, G.R. and M.A. McGinley. 1998. Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Albuquerque, NM.
Effect of variable winds on dispersal of wind-dispersed seeds: the role of the beak. Walker, E.M. and M.A. McGinley. Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Albuquerque, NM.
** won Best Student Poster Award
1. Disseminating an information package about the Natural History of San Solomon Springs to the diving public. PADI Project Aware Foundation.$938. 2005.
Development and analysis of models for the spread and control of weeds and
infectious diseases (with L. Allen (PI) and E. Allen) National Science
1996 – 1999
Baseline vegetation survey of Copper Breaks State Park. with A. Stamm. Texas
parks and Wildlife. $9,999. Jan – Dec 1997.
Geographic variation in the costs and benefits of VAM fungi-little bluestem
associations (with S. S. Dhillion) National Science Foundation> $64,557, 1994
Research Enhancement for Undergraduates, supplemental grant. National Science
Foundation. $3,750 1995-1996.
6. Causes and consequences of plant diversity at Cedar Creek Natural History Area, a Long Term Ecological Research Site. ORS for research in Environmental Sciences, Texas Tech University. $1,115. summer 1993.
1. Mortar Board Teacher Appreciation 1995, 1998, 2000
2. Outstanding Professor, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-professional Honors Society, 1997
3. President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 1998
4. Sport’s Club Advisor of the Year, 1998
5. Elected into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, 2000
6. Professing Excellence Award, 2002,2004, 2005
7. Honors College Professor of the Year, 2004
8. Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech Greek System, 2005
Teaching and Academic Service
1. non-majors- Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Ecology and Environmental Problems, Honors Integrated Science, Honors Integrated Science Lab, Freshman Seminar; Rio Grande as a Case Study for Environmentalism; Seminar on Environmentalism; Ecology for Natural History and Humanities Majors (Honors College); The Science Behind Environmental Issues (Honors Seminar).
2. majors- Biology II (introductory Biology), Honors Biology II, Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems, Community Ecology, Field Ecology, Tropical Marine Biology (St. Ann's Bay Jamaica).
3. graduate- Topics in Biodiversity, Advanced Community Ecology, Ecology and Evolution for Teachers, Ecology Seminar, Seminar on Teaching for New Teaching Assistants.
4. Laboratory Coordinator- Designed and Coordinated Labs for all Non-majors Science Courses in Department of Biological Sciences (> 1000 students/semester)
Graduate Students Advised
Michele Holland- M.S. Biology 1994
Steven Mayes- M.S. Biology 1994
Jennifer Jeffery- M.S. Biology 1998
Gregory Paglia- M.S. Biology 1998
Peter Skylstad- M.S. Biology 1998
Sandra Butler- M.S. Biology 2002
Andrea Miranda- M.S. Biology 2005
Dee Rutherford- M.S. Multidisciplinary Science Education 2005
current Ph.D. Student - Richard Ashmore (co-advised with Nancy McIntyre)
Undergraduate Students Advised
Sahala Hardin- McNair Scholar
Shannon McNutt, NHH
Meredith Entrop, NHH
Joan Neumann- HHMI Fellow
Natasha Mehdiabadi- HHMI Fellow
Catherine Cole- NSF REU Fellow
Amanda Purdom- Clark Scholar, HHMI Fellow
Chris Adair- HHMI Fellow
Laurie Ertle- NSF Plant Biology Fellow
Jacy Lewis- McNair Scholar
- an additional 45+ undergraduate students have received undergraduate research experience in my lab.
d. Undergraduate Advisor
Emphasis in Ecology and Environmental Biology
Tech Scuba Club
Departmental Committee Service
Freshman Botany Committee
Freshman Biology Committee
Non-majors Environmental Science Committee
Student Awards Committee
Graduate Selection Committee
Invertebrate Ecologist Search Committee
Introductory Biology Search Committee
Plant Physiological Ecology Search Committee
Temporary Ecologist Search Committee
Curriculum Specialist Search Committee
Safety Committee, Chair
College and University Service
Teaching Learning and Technology Center (TLTC) Advisory Committee
Faculty Advisor/Coach Texas Tech Women’s Volleyball Club
Faculty Advisor, Mortar Board
Graduate Dean’s Representative to Ph.D. Final Exam (6 times)
Member Interdisciplinary Science Masters Degree Advisory Board
Chaired Committee that Reviewed the Graduate Program of the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership (2005)
a. Manuscript Reviewer for
American Journal of Botany
Australian Journal of Ecology
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Canadian Journal of Forestry Research
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
The Prairie Naturalist
Canadian Journal of Zoology
Journal of Mammalogy
Theoretical Population Biology
Journal of Ecology
Grant Proposal Reviewer for
National Science Foundation
c. Member of
Council for Education and Communication, World Conservation Network (ICUN) (2005 - )
1. Instructor in Coordinated Thematic Science Institute, Region 17 Educational Service Center. summer course for Middle School Teachers
1995. Change over Time
1996. Systems and Processes
1997. Environmental Interactions
Attended the Third and Fourth Annual Meetings of the Regional Collaboratives for
Excellence in Science Teaching. Austin, TX. July 1996,1997.
Collaborated with Kayla Morrison, a 6th grade teacher at Roosevelt
Intermediate School. I worked with
her 6th grade science students on conducting manipulative field
experiments in ecology. 1996.
4. Participant in Science Day. Presentations on Natural Selection, Ecology, the Nature of Science, Biophysics, and Mate-Choice
5. Participant in HHMI Biotechnology and Microscopy Institutes.
6. Presented two short courses at CAST (Natural Selection and Mate Selection), October 1999.
7. Attended Sigma Xi sponsored conference on Improving Undergraduate Science Education. Minneapolis, MN. 1999.
8. Presentation on Statistics and Hypothesis Testing for Teachers. June 2001.
9. Presentations about Marine Biology. Preston Smith Elementary School. 2003.
10. Career Day (Marine Biologist) Shallowater Middle School, October 2005.
11. Last Lecture. Gordon Hall, November 2005.
Presentations at Science Spectrum
Participant in Career Day- Whiteside Elementary School
Presentation to Academic Decathalon Team at Monterey High School
Presentation of Human Population Growth at Tahoka Middle School
Fish ID seminars, Caprock Dive Club and Best Little Dive Shop
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