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McCain, Christy Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. McCain's research is focused on understanding of the mechanisms producing and maintaining patterns of biodiversity and the related patterns of species distribution, abundance, and range limits. The overarching goal of my research is to contribute to the development of quantitative, testable theories applicable to both the advancement of ecology and evolution, and the improvement of our conservation strategies in the face of climate change and other anthropogenic habitat changes.

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  • biodiversity, climate change, ecology and evolution of vertebrates, insect biology, montane ecology, conservation, mammalogy, biogeography, macroecology, patterns and mechanisms of species distribution, abundance, and range limits

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Teaching

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  • EBIO 4760 - Mammalogy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Lect., lab, and field studies. Discusses origin, evolution and adaptation, geographic distribution, ecology and taxonomy of mammals; field and laboratory study of Coloradan species. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 2040 and EBIO 2640 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5760 and MUSM 5760.
  • EBIO 5760 - Mammalogy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Lect., lab, and field studies. Discusses origin, evolution and adaptation, geographic distribution, ecology and taxonomy of mammals; field and laboratory study of Coloradan species. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Same as EBIO 4760 and MUSM 5760.
  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • MUSM 5760 - Mammalogy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Lect., lab, and field studies. Discusses origin, evolution and adaptation, geographic distribution, ecology and taxonomy of mammals; field and laboratory study of Coloradan species. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Same as EBIO 4760 and EBIO 5760.
  • MUSM 6110 - Advanced Seminar in Museum Issues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Offers a weekly seminar for museum and field study students that addresses one new topic each semester relevant to museum operations such as archival administration, museums, multiculturalism, repatriation and others. Department enforced prerequisite: MUSM 5011.

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