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Jenny McGuire
Barnosky Lab

Jenny McGuire


Phone: (510) 643-6275

Research: “I've always loved biology, but during college I discovered geology. I'm using my learning in both fields to study mammalian paleoecology and large-scale evolutionary questions. One of these questions concerns the Great American Interchange (the migration of land and freshwater faunas resulting from the joining of North and South America in the Upper Pliocene) and its effects on mammals on both continents. Though there have been many studies of the Interchange, I plan to look at the event from some different perspectives.”

Why UCMP? “I came to Berkeley in part because of the wonderful collections housed at UCMP but also because of the good match with my advisor and the terrific graduate students; they were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I wanted to be like them!”


Harnik, P.G., H.K. Lotze, S.C Anderson, Z.V. Finkel, S. Finnegan, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, C.R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O'Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, and D.P. Tittensor. 2012. Extinctions in ancient and modern seas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 27(11):608-17

McGuire, J.L. 2010. Geometric morphometrics of vole (Microtus californicus) dentition as a new paleoclimate proxy: Shape change along geographic and climatic clines. Quaternary International. 212 (2): 198–205

Blois, J., E. Hadly, J. McGuire, and A. D. Barnosky. 2008. Small mammal response to the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in northern California. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supp. 3):53A.

McGuire, J., J. Blois, S. Tomiya, B. Sherrod and A. D. Barnosky. 2008. Quantifying the extent of time-averaging introduced by rodent bioturbation in mammal-bearing cenozoic sediments. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (Supp. 3):115A.

DeBlieux, D.D., J.I. Kirkland, J.A. Smith, J.L. McGuire, and V.L. Santucci. 2006. An overview of the paleontology of Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic rocks in Zion National Park, Utah. The Triassic-Jurrasic Terrestrial Transition. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 37:490-501.

Mickelson, D.L., A. Milner, D.D. Deblieux, and J.L. McGuire. 2006. The oldest known Early Triassic fossil vertebrate footprints in North America, from Zion National Park, Utah. Fossils from Federal Lands. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Sciences Bulletin 34:141-144.