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Michael L. McKinney

Michael L. McKinney

I have been at UT for over 20 years, having received my Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985. I am currently the Director of the Environmental Studies Program. This is a rapidly growing field of study and enrolls many students.

I also teach environmental geology and an introductory course in environmental science, and serve as the faculty advisor to the student environmental club at UT (SPEAK). I have published several books including Environmental Science (4th edition) and Biotic Homogenization (with Julie Lockwood).

My research interests have generally focused on biological issues. I started out in paleobiology, in which I still have an active interest. In this area, I have published several papers on extinction and evolution as seen in the fossil record. However, in recent years I have published increasing numbers of articles on topics relating to modern biodiversity issues, such as the effects of urbanization on biodiversity, and especially how human activities are homogenizing the biosphere. I have served on the editorial boards of Evolutionary Ecology Research and Animal Conservation.

Mike McKinney
Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Science

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
1412 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1410

Phone: (865) 974-6359

McKinney, M.L. 2010. Urban futures. In: Urban Ecology, Kevin J. Gaston, ed. Pp. 287-308. Cambridge University Press.

McKinney, M.L. 2010. Shedding some light on people and biodiversity. Animal Conservation 13: 444-445.

Sumrall, C.D., Brett, C.E., McKinney, M.L. 2009. A new agelacrinitid edrioasteroid attached to a large hardground clast from the Mckenzie member of the Mifflintown member (Silurian) of Pennsylvania. Journal of Paleontology 83: 794-803

Dexter, T., Sumrall, C.D. & McKinney, M.L. 2009. Allometric strategies for increasing respiratory surface area in the Mississippian blastoid Pentremites. Lethaia 32: 127-137

McKinney, ML. 2008. Effects of urbanization on species richness: A review of plants and animals. Urban Ecosystems 11: 161-176. 

Qian H, McKinney ML, Kuhn I. 2008. Effects of introduced species on floristic similarity: Comparing two US states. Basic and Applied Ecology 9: 617-625

La Sorte FA, McKinney ML, Pysek P, et al. 2008. Distance decay of similarity among European urban floras: the impact of anthropogenic activities on beta diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 363-371

La Sorte FA, McKinney ML. 2007. Compositional changes over space and time along an occurrence-abundance continuum: anthropogenic homogenization of the North American avifauna. Journal of Biogeography 34: 2159-2167  

Pautasso, M, McKinney, ML. 2007. The botanist effect revisited: Plant species richness, county area, and human population size in the United States. Conservation Biology 21: 1333-1340

La Sorte FA, McKinney ML, Pysek P. 2007.  Compositional similarity among urban floras within and across continents: biogeographical consequences of human-mediated biotic interchange. Global Change Biology 13: 913-921

McKinney ML, La Sorte FA 2007. Invasiveness and homogenization: synergism of wide dispersal and high local abundance. Global Ecology and Biogeography 16: 394-400.


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