Broadly speaking, my research interests lie at the intersection of landscape ecology, community ecology, and conservation biology. 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.
Of all the human activities that affect animals, 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 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 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