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Daniel McGlinn

Associate Professor


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 and diversity.

Courses Taught

BIO 211: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Biology
BIO 453 / EVSS 695: Applied Quantitative Methods
BIO 300: Botany

Selected Publications

Callaghan, C., J.M. Chase, D.J. McGlinn. accepted. Anthropogenic habitat modification causes multiscale bird diversity declines due to decreasing number of individuals. Ecography.

D.J. McGlinn, T. Engel, S.A. Blowes, N.J. Gotelli, T.M. Knight,  B.J. McGill, N. Sanders, J.M. Chase. 2021. A multi-scale framework for disentangling the roles of evenness, density and aggregation on diversity gradients. Ecology. 102:e03233.

McGlinn, D.J. and M.W. Palmer. 2019. Examining the foundations of heterogeneity-based management for promoting plant diversity in a disturbance-prone ecosystem. PeerJ. e6738.

McGlinn, D.J. and M.W. Palmer. 2019. Spatial Scale and Biodiversity. In Oxford Bibliographies. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press.

McGlinn, D.J. X. Xiao, F. May, N. Gotelli, T. Engel*, S. Blowes, T. Knight, O. Purschke, J. Chase, and B. McGill. 2019. 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. 10:258-269.

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, J. Kitzes, E.P. White. 2015. Exploring the spatially explicit predictions of the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 24:675-684.

Zanne. A. D.C. Tank, W.K. Cornwell, D.J. McGlinn, and 23 other authors. 2014. Three keys to the radiation of angiosperms into freezing environments. Nature. 506: 89-92.

McGlinn, D.J., X. Xiao, and E.P. White. 2013. An empirical evaluation of four variants of a universal species-area relationship. PeerJ. 1: e212.

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

Honors & Awards


Changing Face of Coastal South Carolina: Building a Resilient Future - South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium $110,800. 2022

Sabbatical Scholar Fellowship, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, $100,000. 2020-2021

Below Ground Processes Proposal, DOE proposal, $150,000; PI: A. Strand, Co-PI: S. Pritchard. 2015-2018

Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship, Environmental Protection Agency, $100,000, 2005-2008

Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics & Ecology Scholarship, Michigan State University, $500. 2007

Research Experience for Undergraduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation . 2003


EVSS Graduate Research Assistantship (2 successful student proposals), College of Charleston, $27,000. 2021

Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (1 successful proposal), College of Charleston, $6,500. 2020

SSM summer undergraduate research award (9 successful proposals), College of Charleston, $36,000. 2018-2023