Bryan McLean

Bryan McLean

Assistant Professor

(336) 256-0119
412 Eberhart Building


Evolution and ecology of mammals


Ph.D., University of New Mexico


Research in the McLean lab focuses on landscape- to continental-scale patterns of mammalian biodiversity and responses of these systems to past and present environmental change. Our work is data-driven and blends field-, laboratory-, and biodiversity informatics approaches to understand the captivating global diversity of mammals, how this diversity evolved and is maintained, and how it is responding to current global change. Current research foci include understanding the speciation process in major radiations of rodents; comparative landscape genetics of ground squirrels and their ectoparasites in cold-winter deserts on different continents (Great Basin Desert in North America, Gobi Desert in Asia); and use of Essential Biodiversity Variables to monitor phenotypic and reproductive responses of small mammals to climate and land use change.

Recent Publications:

BS McLean, N Barve, J Flenniken, RP Guralnick. 2019. Evolution of litter size in North America’s most common small mammal: an informatics-based approach. Journal of Mammalogy 100 (2), 365-381
BS Mclean, KC Bell, JM Allen, KM Helgen, JA Cook. 2019. Impacts of Inference Method and Data set Filtering on Phylogenomic Resolution in a Rapid Radiation of Ground Squirrels (Xerinae: Marmotini). Systematic Biology 68 (2), 298-316
BS McLean, B Nyamsuren, A Tchabovsky, JA Cook. 2018. Impacts of late Quaternary environmental change on the long-tailed ground squirrel (Urocitellus undulatus) in Mongolia. Zoological Research 39 (5), 364-372 1 2018
BS McLean, KM Helgen, HT Goodwin, JA Cook. 2018. Trait‐specific processes of convergence and conservatism shape ecomorphological evolution in ground‐dwelling squirrels. Evolution 72 (3), 473-489.Complete list of publications in google scholar