About Terry McGlynn

Terry McGlynn is an ecologist and entomologist, and speaks about scientific discovery, equity, and justice in STEM.

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He is Professor of Biology at California State University Dominguez Hills, and is appointed as a Research Associate in the Department of Entomology in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He served as Director of the California Desert Studies Consortium, which operates the Desert Studies Center, a large field station in the Mojave Desert, and prior to that was the Director of Undergraduate Research at CSUDH.

To increase the accessibility of evidence-based teaching practices, he wrote The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching (University of Chicago Press, 2020), which emphasizes kind and equitable teaching. McGlynn has led several NSF-funded projects to support international research opportunities for undergraduates,. McGlynn is a 2022 Fellow of the Earth Leadership Program, received the Presidential Outstanding Professor Award from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2021, and is an elected Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He has served on editorial board of Biotropica and was an Associate Editor of Insectes Sociaux.

McGlynn is engaged in a range of efforts to support equity in the academic community. He co-created the EEB Mentor Match project, has been sponsor in the NSF Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity Sparks for Change program, works to prevent sexual misconduct in field settings, and regularly presents on institutional approaches to equitable recruitment and developing healthy departmental climates.

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McGlynn’s active newsletter is Science For Everyone. He founded the popular blog Small Pond Science, and can be found on bluesky as @hormiga, and on instagram as terry.mcglynn. He lives in Pasadena, California, and pair of backyard scrub jays that may or may not respond to the names of Mordecai and Margaret.

For more information, see McGlynn’s full Curriculum Vitae.

Contact McGlynn at terry.mcglynn@gmail.com, and common questions may be answered at his FAQ.