Fairbanks Office

Rebecca McGuire, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Rebecca McGuire, Ph.D.

  • Ornithology

  • Shorebird ecology

  • Population analysis

  • Migratory ecology


Rebecca McGuire’s work has focused on Arctic-breeding birds, including research on factors influencing population trends, reproductive biology, and migratory movements and connectivity. She has published papers on movements, population trends, and breeding biology of eiders and shorebirds. Prior to joining ABR, she led the avian program for the Arctic Beringia program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, with projects in Russia, Guatemala, and the USA. She has extensive experience both coordinating and managing research activities and on-the-ground field research in challenging conditions. 


Rebecca received her Ph.D. from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she studied the reproductive ecology of King Eiders.

Select Publications
  • McGuire RL, C Latty, S Brown, S Shulte & S Hoepfner. 2021. No evidence nest cameras affect shorebird nest survival on the coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK. Ibis 164: 329-335.

  • McGuire RL, RB Lanctot, ST Saalfend, DR Ruthrauff & JR Liebezeit. 2020. Shorebird reproductive response to exceptionally early and late springs varies across sites in Arctic Alaska. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8: 577652.

  • McGuire RL, R Suydam, L Quakenbush & AN Powell. 2019. Population trends of King and Common Eiders from spring migration counts at Point Barrow, Alaska between 1994 and 2016. Polar Biology 42: 2065-2074.

  • Bentzen (McGuire) RL, J Liebezeit, M Robards, B Streever, S Strindberg & S Zack. 2018. Bird use of northern Alaskan oilfield rehabilitation sites. Arctic 71: 422-430.