I am a physiological ecologist with an integrative research program, examining broader concepts by asking questions at multiple levels of organization. My research broadly falls in the areas of physiological ecology, movement ecology, thermal biology and ecological energetics. I take an organismal biology approach, focussing questions at the level of the study animal. As such, natural history is an important part of my research, providing context for both hypotheses and results.
I am broadly interested in how animals cope with energetic challenges and how these challenges are driven by environmental conditions and constraints. Bats and birds are great study systems for asking these questions, facing periods of very high energy demands and periods of very low energy availability.
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- Physiological Ecology
- Organismal Biology
- Movement Ecology
- Thermal Biology
- Ecological energetics
My current research focusses primarily on migration and hibernation in bats. As the only two extant groups of flying vertebrates, I’m particularly interested in comparisons of bat and bird migration. In some cases I use bird migration as a better-studied model system, but there are many distinct aspects of bat migration including thermoregulatory strategies, activity periods, and reproductive systems. Research in this area focusses on the implications of heterothermy in migration, seasonal resource limitations, and landscape- and regional-scale movement patterns. Much of this research is related to human wildlife conflict including the problems of bat mortality at wind energy facilities and Hendra virus spillover and migratory bats in Australia.
Another major area of current research is hibernation and white-nose syndrome. Across eastern and central North America, millions of bats have been killed by this fungal disease after it was introduced from Europe. My research program includes several projects looking at the ecology and physiology of hibernation and the pathophysiology of the disease. I am particularly interested in inter- and intra-specific variation in hibernation, including considerations of hibernation at more southern latitudes where winter is shorter and not as harsh as in the north.
Please see Liam McGuire’s Google Scholar profile for a current list of peer-reviewed articles.
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
- Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award (2018)
- NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012)
- Dr. John W. Arnold Fellowship thesis award, University of Western Ontario (2012)
- Titley Electronics Award for outstanding student platform presentation, North American Society for Bat Research (2010)
- NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship- Doctoral (2009)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined, 2009)
- NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (declined, 2004)
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO AFFILIATIONS
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SERVICE
- Board of Directors, North American Society for Bat Research
- Chair, Finance Committee
- Chair, Policy and Public Relations Committee
- Advisory Committee Member, Motus Wildlife Tracking System
- Co-local Host, 2023 Joint Meeting of the 19th International Bat Research Conference and 52nd meeting of the North American Society for Bat Research
- Professional Society Membership
- North American Society for Bat Research
- Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
- Canadian Society of Zoologists
- University of Waterloo Service
- Biology Representative, Waterloo Science Endowment Fund
- Oct 23, 2019. “23 Questions.” Texas Tech University YouTube.
- Aug 6, 2019. “Partnerships in Conservation: Bats for the Future Fund.” National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Feb 18, 2019. “Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time.” New York Times.
- Oct 18, 2018. “Plague Marching West: Researchers Study Bats to Stop Their Demise.” The Guardian.
- May 25, 2018. “White-nose Syndrome in North American Bats.” National Public Radio.
- Feb 28, 2018. “Mysterious Deaths of Migrating Bats.” National Public Radio.
2014 – 2019 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University
2012 – 2014 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Winnipeg
2006 – 2012 PhD Biology (Ecology and Evolution), University of Western Ontario
2000 – 2005 BSc Biology, Carleton University