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David A. Rintoul

Associate Professor
Interim Director, Division of Biology

B.A., University of Kansas 1972 Biology
Ph.D., Stanford University 1978 Cellular Physiology
Post-doctoral research, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO), 1978-80 (Biochemistry)

Lipid metabolism in hibernating marmots; lipid metabolism in migratory birds


Fall 2011

Spring 2012

  • BIOL 222, Field Ornithology

Research Focus

Recently I took a sabbatical semester in the University of Utah laboratory of Jim Ehleringer, learning how to analyze the stable isotope composition of bird feathers. I analyzed feathers (Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel) from our local MAPS banding project, and I think that the information and insights gained will be very useful in the developing research area concerned with using feather isotopic compositions as indicators of bird migratory behavior.

Selected Research Publications

Fatty Acid Composition of Depot Fat of Shorebirds Collected at Mid-continental Stopover Sites during Spring Migration. Rivers, James W., and Rintoul, David A., Journal of Field Ornithology 82(3):225-231, 2011. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1557-9263.2011.00325.x)

B.A. Montelone, D.A. Rintoul, and L.G. Williams, 2008 Assessment of the effectiveness of the studio format in introductory undergraduate biology, CBE-Life Sciences Education 7(2):234–242 (full text, PDF).

Rintoul, D.A. 2005. Beak Deformity in a Brown-headed Cowbird, with Notes on Causes of Beak Deformities in Birds, (full text, PDF). Kansas Ornithological Society Bulletin, 53(6):29-32.

Rintoul, D.A., L.M.. Krueger, C. Woodard, and J.E. Throne.  2005.  Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the Konza Prairie Biological StationJournal of the Kansas Entomological Society 78(2): 124-133.

Rintoul, D.A. and E. Dale Kennedy.  2002.  Aberrant Plumages in a Carolina Wren and two House Wrens from KansasKansas Ornithol. Soc. Bulletin, 53(2):21-23.

Busby, W.H., D. Mulhern, G. Kramos, and D. Rintoul, 1998. First Breeding Record of the Piping Plover in Kansas. Prairie Naturalist 29(4):257-262.

Cavitt, J.F., A.T. Pearse, and D.A. Rintoul.  1998.  Hybridization of Mountain Bluebird and Eastern Bluebird in Northeastern KansasKansas Ornithological Society Bulletin, 49(2): 21-25.

Florant, G.L., L. Hester, S. Ameenuddin, and D.A. Rintoul. 1993. The effect of low essential fatty acid diet on hibernation in marmots (Marmota flaviventris). Am. J. Physiol. 264:R747-R753.

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Browse the Prairie Falcon, the newsletter of the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society. Dave is the faculty sponsor for the local Audubon chapter. (unofficial link)

Check out the homepage for the Kansas Ornithological Society (KOS) - unofficial link

Marmot Home Page - for marmotaphiles everywhere.

Dave's personal photo page with links to many photos!

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