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Betty McGuire

Senior Lecturer of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University

Areas of expertise

  • Animal behavior
  • Vertebrate evolution
  • Mammalogy
  • Human Biology

Major works

_McGuire, B. and W. E. Bemis. 2015. Behavioral comparisons of male and female pups of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and meadow voles (M. pennsylvanicus). Developmental Psychobiology 57:237-246. _

McGuire, B., W. E. Bemis, and F. Vermeylen. 2014. Parental behaviour of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and meadow voles (M. pennsylvanicus) in relation to sex of offspring. Behaviour 151:535-553.

Goodenough, J. and B. McGuire. 2014. Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues. Fifth Edition. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco. 528 pages.

McGuire, B., L. L. Getz, W. E. Bemis and M. K. Oli. 2013. Social dynamics and dispersal in free-living prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Journal of Mammalogy 94:40-49.

McGuire, B., F. Vermeylen, and W. E. Bemis. 2011. Suckling behaviour in three species of voles. Behaviour 148:551-573.

McGuire, B., L. L. Getz and M. K. Oli. 2002. Fitness consequences of sociality in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster): influence of group size and composition. Animal Behaviour 64:645-654.

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About Me

Betty is Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University (1980), M.S. in Zoology (1983) and Ph.D. in Zoology (1986) from the University of Massachusetts. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution at University of Illinois. Beginning in the 1990s she started co-authoring textbooks in Animal Behavior and Human Biology. Now in its fifth edition, Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues, is one of the leading textbooks for courses in human biology. She taught Evolution and Introductory Biology at the University of Massachusetts for several years before joining the Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College. From 1994 through 2005, she taught Introductory Biology, Animal Behavior, Human Biology, and Vertebrate Biology at Smith. In 2005, she joined the faculty of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell where she conducts research in animal behavior, trains undergraduate research students, and teaches courses in vertebrate biology.

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