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Daniel J. McGlinn

Assistant Professor

Address: RITA 239
Phone: 843.953.0190
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Ph.D. - Oklahoma State University

B.S. - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Research Interests

The assembly of ecological communities in space and time. I develop and apply ecological theory to improve our understanding and conservation of biodiversity. I work primarily on plants and birds, but I also apply a cross-taxon perspective when searching for generality of community patterns. My field work primarily focuses on the role of fire and other disturbances in shaping community structure.

Courses Taught

BIO 211: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Biology
BIO 453 / EVSS 695: Applied Quantitative Methods


McGlinn, D.J. and M.W. Palmer. in press. Spatial Scale and Biodiversity. In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press.

Chase, J.M., B. McGill, D.J. McGlinn, F. May, S.A. Blowes, X. Xiao, T. Knight. O. Purschke, and N. Gotelli. 2018. Embracing scale-dependence to achieve a deeper understanding of biodiversity and its change across communities. Ecology Letters. 21:1737-1751.

McGlinn, D.J. X. Xiao, F. May, N. Gotelli, S. Blowes, T. Knight, O. Purschke, J. Chase, and B. McGill. in press. MoB (Measurement of Biodiversity): a method to separate the scale-dependent effects of species abundance distribution, density, and aggregation on diversity change. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Zanne, A. E., W.D. Pearse,  W.K. Cornwell, D.J. McGlinn, I.J., Wright. and J.C., Uyeda. 2018. Functional biogeography of angiosperms: life at the extremes. New Phytologist. 218:1697-1709.

May, F., K. Gerstner, D.J. McGlinn, X. Xiao, J.M. Chase. 2018. mobsim: An R package for the simulation and measurement of biodiversity across spatial scales. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9:1401-1408.

Archibald, S., C. Lehmann, 10 other authors, D.J. McGlinn, and 11 more authors. 2018. Biological and geophysical feedbacks with fire in the Earth System. Environmental Research Letters. 13:033003.

Morris, H., M.A.F Gillingham, L. Plavcová, S.M. Gleason, M.E Olson, D.A. Coomes, E. Fichtler, M.M. Klepsch, H.I. Martínez‐Cabrera, D.J. McGlinn, E.A. Wheeler, J. Zheng, K. Ziemińska, and S. Jansen. 2018. Vessel diameter is related to amount and spatial arrangement of axial parenchyma in woody angiosperms. Plant, cell & environment. 41:245-260.

Rougier, N.P., 24 other authors, D.J. McGlinn, and 19 more authors. 2017. Sustainable computational science: the ReScience initiative. PeerJ. 3:e142.

Mirza, B.S., D.L. Sorensen, D.J. McGlinn, R.R. Dupont, J.E. McLean. 2017. Dehalococcoides and general bacterial ecology of differentially trichloroethene dechlorinating flow-through columns. Applied microbiology and biotechnology. 101:4799-4813.

Palmer, M. W. and D.J. McGlinn. 2017. Scale detection using semivariograms and autocorrelograms. in S. E. Gergel and M. G. Turner, editors. Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques. 2nd edition.

Maherali, H., B. Oberle, P.F. Stevens, W.K. Cornwell, and D.J. McGlinn. 2016. Mutualism Persistence and Abandonment during the Evolution of the Mycorrhizal Symbiosis. American Naturalist. 188:E113-E125.

Morris, H., L. Plavcová, P. Cvecko, E. Fichtler, M.A.F. Gillingham, H.I. Martínez‐Cabrera, D.J. McGlinn, E. Wheeler, J. Zheng, K. Ziemińska, S. Jansen. 2016. A global analysis of parenchyma tissue fractions in secondary xylem of seed plants. New Phytologist. 209:1553-1565.

McGlinn, D.J., X. Xiao, J. Kitzes, E.P. White. 2015. Exploring the spatially explicit predictions of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. Global Ecology andBiogeography. open access link

Xiao, X., D.J. McGlinn, E.P. White. 2015. A Strong Test of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. The American Naturalist. 185: E70-E80. open access link

Cornwell, W.K., M. Westoby, D.S. Falster, R.G. FitzJohn, B.C. O’Meara, D.J. McGlinn, J.M. Eastman, A.T. Moles, P.B. Reich, D.C. Tank, I.J. Wright, L. Aarssen, J.M. Beaulieu, R.M. Kooyman, M.R. Leishman, Ü. Niinemets, J. Oleksyn, A. Ordonez, M.W. Pennell, D.L. Royer, S.A. Smith, P.F. Stevens, L. Warman, P. Wilf, H. Maherali, E.T. Miller, A.E. Zanne. 2014. Functional distinctiveness of major plant lineages. Journal of Ecology. 102: 345–356. open access link

A.E. Zanne, D.C. Tank, W.K. Cornwell, J.M. Eastman, S.A. Smith, R.G. FitzJohn, D.J. McGlinn, B.C. O’Meara, A.T. Moles, P.B. Reich, D.L. Royer, D.E. Soltis, P.F. Stevens, M. Westoby, I.J. Wright, L. Aarssen, R.I. Bertin, A. Calaminus, R. Govaerts, F. Hemmings, M.R. Leishman, J. Oleksyn, P.S. Soltis, N.G. Swenson, L. Warman, and J.M. Beaulieu. 2014. Into the cold – three keys to radiation of angiosperms into freezing environments. Nature. 506: 89-92. paywalled link

McGlinn, D.J., X. Xiao, and E.P. White. 2013. An empirical comparison of four variants of a universal species-area relationship. PeerJ. 1: e212 open access link, blog post, preprint, ESA 2013 slides

White, E.P., E. Baldridge, Z.T. Brym, K.J. Locey, D.J. McGlinn, and S.R. Supp. 2013. Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your data. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution. 6(2): 1-10. open access link, preprint, blog post

McGlinn, D.J. and A.H. Hurlbert. 2012. Scale dependence in species turnover reflects variance in species occupancy. Ecology. 93: 294-302. pdf, appendices

Rocchini, D., D.J. McGlinn, C. Ricotta, M. Neteler, T. Wohlgemuth. 2011. Topographic complexity and spatial scale influence the relationship between spectral diversity and plant species richness. Journal of Vegetation Science. 22: 688–698. pdf

Scheiner, S.M., A. Chiarucci, G.A. Fox, M.R. Helmus, D.J. McGlinn, and M.R. Willig. 2011. The underpinnings of the relationship between space, time, and species richness. Ecological Monographs. 81: 195-213. pdf

McGlinn, D.J. and M.W. Palmer.2011. Quantifying the influence of environmental texture on the rate of species turnover – evidence from two habitats. Plant Ecology.212: 495–506. pdf

McGlinn, D.J., R.J. Churchill, and M.W. Palmer. 2010. Effects of a tornado on a Cross Timbers bird community. The Southwestern Naturalist. 55: 460-466. pdf

McGlinn, D.J., P.G. Earls, and M.W. Palmer. 2010. A twelve-year study on the scaling of vascular plant composition in an Oklahoma Tallgrass Prairie. Ecology. 91: 1872. appendices

McGlinn, D.J. and M.W. Palmer. 2010. Spatial structure alters the shape of the unimodal species richness-biomass relationship in a neutral model. Diversity. 2: 550-560. open access link, appendices

McGlinn, D.J. and M.W. Palmer. 2009. Modeling the sampling effect in the species-time-area relationship. Ecology. 90:836-846. pdf, appendices

Palmer, M.W., D.J. McGlinn, and J.F. Fridley. 2008. Artifacts and artifictions in biodiversity research. Folia Geobotanica. 43:245-257. pdf

Palmer, M.W., D.J. McGlinn, L. Westerberg, and P. Milberg. 2008. Indices for detecting changes in species composition: some simplifications. Ecology. 89:1769-1771. pdf, appendices

Applequist, W.L., D. J. McGlinn, M. Miller, Q.G. Long, and J.S. Miller. 2007. How well do herbarium data predict the location of present populations? A test using Echinacea species in Missouri. Biodiversity and Conservation. 16:1397-1407. pdf