McGinley, Ronald J. (Former Member)
Ronald was born on September 30, 1950, in Palo Alto, California. He attended Monterey Peninsula College and Humboldt State University from 1968 to 1970. He then transferred to the University of California, Davis, where he received his BS degree in 1972 and a PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Kansas ( Lawrence) from 1978 to 1979. Ronald was an assistant professor of biology and assistant curator of entomology at Harvard University from 1979 to 1982. He started work at the Smithsonian in 1983. He worked on systematics and biology of bees and on pollination ecology. Ronald has many publications on this area of research. He was concerned about the care, use, and growth of natural history collections and published a paper in 1993 entitled “Where’s the management in collection management?” He left the Smithsonian in 2000 to take a position at the Illinois Natural History Survey. Ronald has received many scholarships and grants including several from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Society of Systematic Zoology, Cambridge Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America. Ronald was elected to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1985. Ronald terminated his membership in the Club.