The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Previous McGinnies Scholarship Recipients

Listed here are the people awarded the McGinnies Fellowship in past years, along with their current position, year awarded, their department, and the title or subject of their dissertation.


Mallory Barnes Ph.D. Candidate
University of Arizona Year Won: 2016
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Drought in semi-arid ecosystems impacts carbon uptake and vegetation productivity across spatial and temporcal scales.
Chris Guiterman
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Arizona Year Won: 2015
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Fire, land-use, and forest resilience in the US Southwest: Dendrochronology and applied historical ecology.
Erin Zylstra
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Arizona Year Won: 2014
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Population dynamics of amphibians in desert mountain canyons.
Zack Guido
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Arizona Year Won: 2013
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Informing Climate Adaptation: Climate Impacts on Glacial Systems and the Role of Information Brokering in Climate Services.
Daniel Griffin
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Arizona
Year Won: 2012
Department of Geography
Dissertation: North American monsoon paleoclimatology from tree rings.
Nick McKay
Ph.D. Candidate 
University of Arizona 
Year Won: 2011
Department of Geosciences
Dissertation: A multidisciplinary approach to Late Quaternary paleoclimatology on interannual to orbital timescales.
Henry Adams
Ph.D. Candidate (May 2011)
University of Arizona
Year Won: 2010
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Global change and drought-induced tree mortality: temperature sensitivity, mechanism, and ecohydological implications.
Toby Ault
Post-Doctoral Fellow
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Year Won: 2009
Department of Geosciences
Dissertation: The continuum of drought in western North America.
Jeremy L. Weiss
Ph.D. Candidate (May 2011)
University of Arizona
Year Won: 2009
Department of Geosciences
Dissertation: Spatiotemporal Measures of Exposure and Sensitivity to Climatic Variability and Change: The Cases of Modern Sea Level Rise and Southwestern U.S. Bioclima
Deanna Grimstead
Ph.D. Candidate (Dec. 2011)
University of Arizona
Year Won: 2008
Department of Anthropology
Dissertation: Population Aggregation, Biodeterioration, and Abrupt Climate Change: A  Case Study of Human Extensification in Northwestern New Mexico.
Katharine Gerst
Research Associate
University of Arizona
Year Won: 2007
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: The Influence of Biogeography and Mating System on the Ecology of Desert Annual Plants
Dawn Browning
Research Physical Scientist
USDA-ARS, Las Cruces
Year Won: 2007
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Woody plant dynamics in a Sonoran Desert ecosystem across scales: Remote sensing and historic field perspectives
Adrian Munguia Vega
 Ph.D. Student
University of Arizona
Year Won: 2006
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Habitat fragmentation in the Baja California Peninsula and its effects on the genetic structure of four endemic vertebrates with contrasting dispersal behaviour.
Kimberly A. Franklin
Conservation Research Scientist
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Year Won: 2005
Insect Science Interdisciplinary Program
Dissertation: The consequences of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) development for biodiversity in the southern Sonoran Desert.
Charles A. Price
Assistant Professor
School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia
Year Won: 2005
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Scaling the diversity of botanical form and function.
Jessica M. Cable
Research Scientist
Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska
Year Won: 2004
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Precipitation Effects on Soil Carbon Cycling in the Sonoran Desert.
Camille Holmgren
Ph.D. Student
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Year Won: 2003
Department of Geosciences Desert Botanical Laboratory
Dissertation: Discovering the Late Quaternary vegetation and climatic history of the Southwestern U.S.-Mexico Borderlands from fossil rodent middens.
Nathan B. English
Adjunct Faculty
School of Earth & Environmental Science, James Cook University, Townesville, Australia
Year Won: 2003
Department of Geosciences
Dissertation: Physiological basis of isotopic variation in giant saguaro: Are responses to climate recorded in spines?
David Patrick Brown
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University
Year Won: 2002
Geography and Regional Development
Dissertation: Analyzing the nature and causes of winter season precipitation variability within the Southwest United States.
Erika Geiger
Supervisory Biologist
Canyonlands Research Station U.S. Geological Survey
 
Year Won: 2002
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: The influence of fire and nonnative grasses on native grassland communities.
Andrea Litt
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Montana State University
Year Won: 2001
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Interactions of fire and lovegrass invasion and the concomitant effects on small mammals and invertebrates using a long-term manipulative field experiment at Fort Huachuca Military Reservation
Timothy Shanahan
Assistant Professor
University of Texas
 
Year Won: 2001
Department of Geosciences
Dissertation: Reconstructing a long-term, high-resolution record of aridity and dust production in the West African Sahel and the Sahara from lacustrine sediments from Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana
Kevin Hultine
Post Doctoral   Research Associate
The University of Utah, Department of Biology
Year Won: 2000
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: The interaction between the hydrology of riparian ecosystems and the distribution and function of plant root systems
Tamara Wilson
Geographer
U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park
Year Won: 2000
Geography and Regional Development
Dissertation: The use of packrat midden analysis in the reconstruction of vegetation history from central Baja, California
Juliann Eve Aukema
Conservation Biologist
Aukema Conservation Science
Year Won: 1999
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: The dispersal and spatial patterns of the parasitic desert mistletoe and their relationship with their host trees and the birds that disperse their seeds.
Donald A. Falk
Professor
The University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Year Won: 1998
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Forest Ecology
Keirith Snyder
Plant Physiologist
USDA-ARS, Jornada Experimental Range
Year Won: 1997
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Mechanisms that determine woody species distribution in semi-arid riparian areas and root allocation patterns of different functional types
Elise Pendall
Assistant Professor
The University of Wyoming
Department of Botany
Year Won: 1996
Geosciences
Dissertation: Effects of climatic seasonality on the stable isotopic composition of plant cellulose and potential for paleoclimatic reconstruction
Maria J. Clauss
Department of Genetics and Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Year Won: 1995
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Evolution of life history strategies of plants
Jake F. Weltzin
Executive Director
USA-National Phenology Network
Year Won: 1994
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Ecology of semi-desert grasslands and savannahs
Sharon Helen Blendenbender
Invasive Species Coordinator
USDA Forest Service, Coronado National Forest
Year Won: 1993
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Germination requirements of Arizona native perennial grasses and their establishment in existing stands of Eragrostis lehmanniana Nees
Franco Biondi
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Geography
University of Nevada, Reno Department of Geography
Year Won: 1992
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Dissertation: Spatial and temporal reconstruction of twentieth century growth trends in a naturally seeded pine forest
Peter K. Van de Water
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth & Environmental Science, California State University, Fresno
Year Won: 1991
Geosciences
Dissertation: Morphological changes in Pinus flexilis needles across the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary due to atmospheric carbon dioxide increases
Catherine E. Pake
Biology Instructor
Portland Community College
Biology and Environmental Science
Rock Creek Campus
Year Won: 1990
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Sonoran Desert annual plants: Empirical tests of models of coexistence and persistence in a temporally variable environment
Marissa Pantastico
Biology and Microbiology Faculty
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Year Won: 1989
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Competition in desert winter annuals: Effects of spatial and temporal variation
Gordon A. Fox
Assistant Professor
The University of South Florida
Department of Biology & Department of Environmental Science & Policy
Year Won: 1988
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Adaptation, history, and development in the evolution of a desert annual life history
Michael J. Sanderson
Professor
University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Year Won: 1988
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Patterns of homoplasy in North American Astragalus
Judith Xiutzal Becerra
Associate Research Professor
The University of Arizona, Ecology & Evolutionary Behavior
 
Year Won: 1987
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: Adaptations to ecological interaction
James R. Malusa
Research Specialist, Principal
The University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Year Won: 1986
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Dissertation: The phylogeny and water relations of pinyon in relation to the vicariance biogeography of the Southwest
Julio L. Betancourt
Senior Scientist; Professor
U.S. Geological Survey; Dept. of Geosciences, School of Geography & Regional Development, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Arizona
Year Won: 1985
Geosciences
Dissertation: Tucson's Santa Cruz River and the arroyo legacy