K-State Division of Biology


David A. Rintoul

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Division of Biology

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

Lipid metabolism in hibernating marmots; lipid metabolism in migratory birds


116 Ackert Hall
(785) 532-6615
email Dave Rintoul


Fall 2011

Spring 2012

  • BIOL 222, Field Ornithology

Research Focus

In 2005 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 Kansas (PDF) Kansas 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.

Complete List of Research Publications -(PDF)

Recent Conference Presentations

Rintoul, D.A., “Citizen Science: The Unique Contribution of Amateur Birdwatchers to Ornithological Research,”, presented at the Fourteenth North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community, Saratoga Springs NY, February 2004.

Rintoul, D.A., Podlesak, D., Bowen, G. and Ehlringer, J. "Seasonal Iinfluences on Feather Stable-isotope Signatures of Grassland Birds", presented at the IV North American Ornithological Congress, Veracruz, Mexico, October 2006.

Other Scholarly Contributions

Invited participant in wiki-based review of neo-creationist textbook, Explore Evolution (S. C. Meyer, et al, 2007). The entire review is available from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). The British Centre for Science Education also prepared a short pamphlet (PDF) which summarizes this review.

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Browse the website 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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