Wendy McIntyre

Professor, 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
P: 951.259.2097
E: wendy_mcintyre@redlands.edu


Dr. McIntyre is the current Hedco Endowed Chair of Environmental Studies. Her research on mammal movements in response to habitat variables and fire disturbance in the San Bernardino Forest. In the past her research included ravens as a threat to desert tortoise, eutrophication of high altitude lakes, and public policy. Dr. McIntyre's research on public policy includes studying public land issues such as wolf re-introduction on public lands in Idaho; changes in public land grazing and logging policy and resulting socio-economic implications. This research interest dates back to her undergraduate thesis on the Sagebrush Rebellion, completed in 1981. Dr. McIntyre's dissertation research at the University of Virginia involved declining Neotropical migrant bird populations in Albemarle County, Virginia.

Prior to her time at the University of Redlands Dr. McIntyre was engaged in a number of professional endeavors including being Manager for of the Mountain Cloud Chemistry Project at the University of Virginia. Dr. McIntyre was also the owner and manager of Nature's Own Landscapes, an environmentally sustainable and friendly landscaping company. She was a Professional Forester working in forestry consulting and industry.

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.