My research program is centrally grounded in landscape ecology, a field that examines how patterns of heterogeneity in the physical environment affect ecological processes. My interests focus on how human activities affect the abundance, distribution, and extinction risk of animals by altering the spatial distribution of resources in heterogeneous and dynamic landscapes.
Of all the human activities that affect animals, landscape change stemming from land conversion (primarily for 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 25 years, being interested in where animals occur, particularly after their habitats change. My main research activities examine how land conversion disrupts landscape connectivity, which affects animal movement and, thus, habitat selection.
With both applied and basic research projects going on in my lab that dovetail with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and museum science, our activities mesh research with teaching and outreach.
Dr. Nancy E. McIntyre
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3131 USA
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