Headshot of Terry McGlynn.

Terry McGlynn, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, Director of the California Desert Studies Consortium
Email: tmcglynn@csudh.edu
(310) 243-1077

Areas of Expertise

Ants, Ecology, Rainforests, Science Teaching, Citizen Science, Urban Ecology, Deserts

Professional Background

Terry McGlynn is an ecologist, entomologist, and science communicator. He is director of the California Desert Studies Consortium and Professor of Biology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. His research employs experimental natural history to solve mysteries involving the integrative biology of ants, mostly in rainforests but also in cities and in deserts. To increase the accessibility of evidence-based teaching practices, he wrote The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching (University of Chicago Press, 2020), which is notable for its emphasis on kind and equitable teaching. McGlynn has led several NSF-funded projects that supported international research opportunities and mentorship for undergraduates, and has served as the Director of Undergraduate Research at CSUDH. McGlynn is a 2022 Fellow of the Earth Leadership Program.

He is the creator of the popular science community blog Small Pond Science, which has accumulated over 2 million page views, and has a wide readership on his twitter account, @hormiga, and periodically contributes to the Chronicle of Higher Education. McGlynn is a strong voice for equity and broadening participation in STEM, and works to build greater understanding of institutions that serve minoritized and first-generation students.


English, some Spanish


Ph.D, University of Colorado

B.A., Occidental College

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