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Dr. Mark Myers

Dr. Mark Myers
Associate Professor / Graduate Program Coordinator
(319) 273-2493
Biology Research Complex 38

Ph.D., Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, 2005
M.S., Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, 2002
                                                                               A.B., Kenyon College, summa cum laude with Highest Honors in
                                                                               Biology, 1996

Teaching Interests: 
Conservation Biology; Ecology; Wildlife Ecology & Management; Biodiversity Conservation Policy; Evolution, Ecology, & the Nature of Science; Organismal Diversity Lab; Undergraduate Research Seminar; Graduate Colloquium

I am interested in the ecology, evolution, and conservation of north temperate and neotropical animals, especially in relation to issues of human-induced habitat degradation and restoration. I prefer not focus on a particular group of organisms, but on a common theme: how species' ecological characteristics and the movements of individuals influence population and community level responses to habitat alteration and/or management actions.

Other areas of interest include population and community ecology, prairie ecology and restoration, insect ecology and conservation, endangered species conservation, aquatic ecology and conservation, international conservation, ecological economics, and environmental policy.


  • C.M. Boeck-Crew, M.C. Myers, M.E. Sherrard, K.J. Elgersma, G.A. Houseal, and D.D. Smith. 2020. Stratification and perigynia removal improve total germination and germination speed in three upland prairie sedge species. Native Plants Journal 21(2):120-131. DOI: 10.3368/npj.21.2.120

  • Tamplin J.W., K.J. Anderson, E.A. Turcotte, M.C. Myers. 2020. Effect of acclimation temperature and substrate type on selected temperature, movement and activity of juvenile spiny softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) in an aquatic thermal gradient. Journal of Thermal Biology 93: 102701.

  • Myers, M.C., J.T. Mason, B.J. Hoksch, C.A. Cambardella, J.D. Pfrimmer. 2015. Birds and butterflies respond to soil-induced habitat heterogeneity in experimental plantings of tallgrass prairie species managed as agroenergy crops in Iowa, USA. Journal of Applied Ecology 52(5):1176-1187. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12503

  • White, E.R., M.C. Myers, J.M. Flemming, J.K. Baum. 2015. Shifting elasmobranch community assemblage at Cocos Island−an isolated marine protected area. Conservation Biology 29(4):1186-1197. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12478

  • Myers, M.C., B.J. Hoksch, and J.T. Mason. 2012. Butterfly response to floral resources at a heterogeneous prairie biomass production site in Iowa, USA. Journal of Insect Conservation 16(3):457-472.  DOI: 10.1007/s10841-011-9433-4

  • Myers, M.C., J. Wagner, and C. Vaughan. 2011. Long-term comparison of the fish community in a Costa Rican rocky shore marine reserve. Revista de Biología Tropical/International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation 59(1):233-246

  • Myers, M.C. and C. Vaughan. 2004. Movement and behavior of scarlet macaws (Ara macao) during the post-fledging dependence period: implications for in situ versus ex situ management. Biological Conservation 118:411-420

  • Myers, M.C. 2001. Economic development policy and the protected areas system in Costa Rica. Vida Silvestre Neotropical 10(1-2):3-18