Dylan Meyer

Dylan Meyer                          

Dylan Meyer admiring the grasshopper diversity at Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary in Fayetteville, AR.

Dylan Meyer admiring the grasshopper diversity at Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary in Fayetteville, AR.

Research Assistant

Email: dkm005@uark.edu

University of Arkansas, Department of Biological Sciences
Science and Engineering, Room 601
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Education
University of Chicago, Environmental Studies. Chicago, IL B.A. 2013
Thesis: Community, Collaboration and Conservation. The Necessary Components for Successful Rewilding

Honors
Dean’s List, 2013
John Metcalf Student Internship Program, 2013
Odyssey Scholarship Program, 2009 – 2013

Research Experience
Independent Research, Brookfield Conservation Park, South Australia, September – December: 2015 Helping behavior in the face of predation risk in the cooperatively breeding variegated fairy wren (Malurus lamberti) Advisor: Dr. Allison Johnson

Field Technician, Gongga Shan National Park, Sichuan, China, March – May: 2016
The evolution and maintenance of altitudinal migration in birds: Physiological adaptation and plasticity of three species of the genus Tarsiger across an elevational gradient Supervisors: Dr. Yongjie Wu, PhD Candidate Shane Dubay

Field Technician, Northern Territory, Australia, August – September: 2015
Role of chromosomal inversions in beak color variation in the long tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda) Supervisors: Dr. Simon Griffith, PhD Candidate Daniel Hooper

Field Technician, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, April and June: 2014, 2015 Natural history and reproductive behavior of Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) Supervisor: Dr. Emma Greig

Lab Technician, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, March – June: 2014, 2015 Extra pair paternity in the splendid fairy wren (Malurus splendens) Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones

Field Technician, Brookfield Conservation Park, South Australia, Australia, September – December: 2013, 2014, 2015 Evolution of social behavior in two fairy-wren species (Malurus splendens and Malurus lamberti) Supervisors: Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones, Dr. Allison Johnson and PhD candidate Christina Masco

John Metcalf Intern, Urban Wildlife Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago, IL, June – August: 2013 Population dynamics and life history of urban wildlife, especially Nycticorax nycticorax and Trachemys scripta Supervisor: Mason Fidino

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan
Natural History and Evolution (EEB 392) Dr. Ola Fincke, Summer 2016
Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago
Field Ecology (BIOS 23252) Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones, Spring 2015
Ecology and Evolution In the South West(BIOS 23232) Dr. Eric Larsen, Spring 2014, 2015 Public and Private Lives of Insects (BIOS 13140) Dr. Eric Larsen, Winter 2013, 2015
Tropical Ecology: Biodiversity and Human Impacts (BIOS 13126) Dr. Eric Larsen, Winter 2015

Guest Lecturer, University of Chicago
Behavioral Sampling, ‘Field Ecology’ (BIOS 23252) Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones, Spring 2015
Guest Lecturer, University of Michigan
Natural Selection in the Field, ‘Natural History and Evolution’ (EEB 392) Dr. Ola Fincke, Summer 2016
An Introduction to Phylogenies, ‘Natural History and Evolution’ (EEB 392) Dr. Ola Fincke, Summer 2016

Presentations
Oral Presentation Australasian Ornithological Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 11/2015. Johnson AE, Meyer D. It takes a village: group size as a determining factor of maternal investment, feeding rate and fledgling success in the variegated fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti).
Lincoln Park Zoo Summer Season Forum, Chicago, IL 8/2013.
Meyer D, Cortez F. Population Dynamics and Life History Traits of the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta) and black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) Poster Presentation University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, 6/2013. Meyer D. ‘Cores, Corridors and Carnivores or Community, Collaboration and Conservation? The necessary components for successful rewilding’