Wendy McIntyre

Hedco Endowed Chair for Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies

Wendy McIntyre

Areas of Expertise

  • Biodiversity
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Public Lands history, policy and management
  • Wolf reintroduction
  • Common raven and desert tortoise populations in the Mojave Desert


Ph.D. Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 2001

M.F. Forestry and Environmental Management, Duke University, 1983

B.A. Environmental Studies, the Colorado College, 1981

For the Media

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P: 909.748.8591
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Meet Wendy McIntyre

My current research involves wildlife camera trapping in the Bearpaw reserve (just 20 minutes form campus adjacent to forest falls). This research is on ecological succession of plants and animals in the reserve. The “gender reveal” fire of 2020 decimated the reserve and scorched the landscape. Some plant communities will never “recover” to the state they were in pre-fire, while others have come back almost to the point that one might not even know a fire ravaged the place just three years ago. The succession of plant communities post fire has been very interesting, however, the succession of animals returning (and in some cases not returning, or appearing for the first time) post-fire is truly fascinating. With our sophisticated wildlife camera traps we can identify unique individuals and I am happy to say that many of the mother bears that disappeared post fire (and I feared the worst) have now come back to Bearpaw And are bearing cubs once again. This is a great story of the function of fire in native landscapes.

My other (quite new) line of research is to work with multiple state and federal agencies in southern CA on the future placement of “wildlife crossings” across (usually under or over) southern California freeways. This effort will eventually include the 10 freeway, the 15, 215, and 210. We have done the ground work on inspecting five “crossing locations” along the 10 freeway east of Redlands, and will soon do reconnaissance on the 15 freeway. This field work will take place by the end of August. At that point we are ready to deploy our cameras to the sites investigated for data collection on exactly what and how many species, and individuals within a species, of wildlife are present, and whether or not a wildlife crossing or corridor will aid in their crossing the freeway to meet up with and hopefully interbreed with populations of their species on opposing sides of this major block (the 10 freeway for example). If they can cross the freeway(s) would they be able to mate within a different gene pool. Population dynamics for species like mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, etc. will be studied within this research project. Without a robust gene pool the populations of mountain lions, etc. in the San Bernardino Mountains and throughout southern California are doomed to die out.

Courses Offered

EVST 230: Biodiversity

EVST 243: Ecology

EVST 325: Public Lands


Finished my PhD at Univ. Virginia in May 2021

Started on the Faculty at UOR August 2021

Teaching in Ecology, Biodiversity, Public Lands Policy, Ecology of Australia and New Zealand

Traveled to Australia/New Zealand in May Term 15 times

Research in raven predation of desert tortoises, 2001-2009

Research on Public Lands Policy, 2009-2010

Ventured into the field of Green Business (or Sustainable Business), 2009-2019

Research on eutrophication of high altitude lakes in the Sierra Mountains, 2010-2014

Research in Mammal presence/absence in response to habitat variables, 2014-Present


Lyons, R. A., L. K. Johnson*, and B. M. McIntyre. 2016. Phosphorus loading rates in lakes with development and stocked fish in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA. Ecosphere 7(11). Article e01554.

McIntyre, B. M. and J. L. Robinson. 2014. Painting the Town Green: Project Learning and Management Skills. International Journal of Business and Social Science 5 (8): 1-10.

McIntyre, B. M., T. E. J. Leuteritz and M. P. Kumler. 2010. Quantifying the Common Raven Threat for Desert Tortoise Translocation using GIS. The Tortuga Gazette 46(4).

McIntyre, B. M., M. A. Scholl and J. T. Sigmon. 1990. A Quantitative Description of a Deciduous Forest Canopy Using a Photographic Technique. Forest Science 36(2): 381- 393.

Awards, Honors, Grants


Outstanding Teaching Award, 2019

Nominee Professor of the Year, 2005

Student of the Month, Nampa, Idaho, May 1978


Hedco Chair of Environmental Studies, 2020

Winner, Chicken Rodeo, 1982

Winner, McIntyre Dance Contest, 1981


Faculty Teaching Technology Grant, 2019

Raven Research Grant, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2007

Desert Tortoise Research Grant, 2006


The Nature Conservancy, Liaison between the Piety Family (funder of Student Internships) and students, 2010-Present

Desert Tortoise Council, 2004–2009

Raven Management Team, 2004–2009

Ecological Society of America, 2002-Present

Desert Legacy Fund Board Member 2002-2014 (when it disbanded)

Audubon Board Member, San Bernardino Chapter, 2002-2004

Fun Facts

  • I collected clouds for a living (1985 – 1990)
  • I owned my own “green” landscaping business (Nature’s Own Landscapes) 1992 – 1998
  • I was a Park Naturalist at minimum wage after getting my Master’s degree in forestry from Duke University
  • I broke up a relationship over someone throwing gum out of the window of my car… loser!

First memory?

Skiing at Bogus Basin ski resort (outside of Boise) and going to Yellowstone in the winter of 1972 with my family, evermore changing my trajectory in life.

Favorite bird?

Peregrine falcon – fastest animal and small for a falcon!

Favorite plant?

Bloodroot – native to Virginia woodlands – first to flower in spring.

Best experience in the field?

Mountain Cloud Chemistry Project (MCCP); collected clouds! And I went out with “Dan the Bear Man” who radio collared bears for a living!! (see bear pictures on my office door)

Worst field experience?

This is hard; I loved them all. The worst had to be getting lost in the Yellowstone wilderness and walking all night, through a swamp (donned ‘midnight in the swamp’) where I fell and broke my finger.