Heather L. McGuire

Chair, Department of Biology
Professor of Biology

Contact Information

(252) 398-6334

I am a wildlife biologist with an interest in the conservation and management of rare or endangered animal populations. I have extensive field experience, and believe that the best classrooms and laboratories have no walls or doors.


  • PhD, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Louisiana State University
  • MA, Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary
  • BA, Biology, University of Rochester

Courses Taught

  • General Biology
  • Limnology
  • Marine Biology
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
  • Wetlands Biology
  • Vertebrate Natural History
  • Senior Seminar
  • Directed Research

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

  • 2012 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year

    McGuire, Heather L., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. 2002. Microsatellite loci for great white herons and great blue herons (Aves, Ardeidae, Ardea herodias). Molecular Ecology Notes 2(2): 170-173.

    McGuire, Heather L. 2002. Taxonomic status of the Great White Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis): an analysis of behavioral, genetic, and morphometric evidence. Final Report. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, Florida, USA.

    Dame, J.K. and H.L. McGuire. 1994. Inventory of habitat and survey of nesting pairs of the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) within Redwood National Park. U.S. Department of the interior. Redwood National Park, Arcata, CA. 51 pp.