First Year at Xavier University:
Aquatic Ecology and Entomology
Dr. McIntosh's research interests are centered in aquatic ecology and entomology, with particular interest in stream and wetland ecosystems, and emphasize (1) the biology and ecology of aquatic organisms, in particular insects and other macroinvertebrates; (2) the response of aquatic organisms to changes in the environment, including both natural and human-induced stressors and (3) the development of new tools for ecological assessment, using multiple biota, techniques and resources. Her research studies have focused on the effect of water diversions on aquatic communities in tropical Hawaiian streams, the potential use of macroinvertebrates as biological indicators of water quality in inland Michigan wetlands, and the assessment of macroinvertebrate communities within vernal pools in Ohio. Most recently Dr. McIntosh has been involved in a large scale assessment of aquatic environments in Ghana, Africa, in an effort to better understand the ecology of Micobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent of Buruli ulcer disease. Additional research activities in forensic entomology have also been an interest of Dr. McIntosh, specifically in understanding the effect of various chemicals on the oviposition, behavior, development and succession of carrion insects.
Dr. McIntosh received her B.A. in biology from the University of Dayton in 1999. She earned a M.S. in environmental science with a concentration in applied ecology from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in 2001. Dr. McIntosh continued on to obtain her Ph.D. in entomology at Michigan State University in 2007. She most recently worked as a Visiting Research Associate for the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University.