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Daniel McGlinn

Assistant Professor, College of Charleston

Address: Harbor Walk West 203
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 ecolgical 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: Histology
  • BIO 453/EVSS 695: Applied Quantitative Methods


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