Assistant Professor of Biology, Director of Sustainability Programs
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- Carver Science 304
- B.S. Biology, Wayne State College
M.S. Entomology, Kansas State University
Ph.D. Zoology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
As one of the field biologists in the department, I teach courses in Entomology, Freshwater Ecology, and Plant Biology, travel abroad courses, as well as labs in introductory courses. I enjoy conducting research with other faculty and students at Simpson. Most of my research involves plant and insect ecology, specifically the effects of disturbance and recovery following restoration. I am drawn to the incredible diversity and complexity found within the plants and invertebrates. I completed a B.S. degree at Wayne State College in Nebraska, a M.S. degree in entomology at Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in zoology at Southern Illinois University. Immediately following graduate school, I spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois. I started teaching at Simpson College in 2008. Outside of teaching and research activities, I spend as much time as I can with my family and playing music.
I maintain a research program working with undergraduate students at Simpson College. Below are links to some of the projects I am currently involved in:
Terrestrial invertebrate response to planted seed diversity in prairie restoration
Assessing regional recovery in restored wetlands of the central Platte River Valley
Quantifying accelerated emergence of periodical cicadas (Magicicada cassini) in eastern Kansas
(* denotes undergraduate collaborator)
Henrich*, S., J. Jessee*, B. Mikels*, J. Mullen*, H. Berger, C. Meyer, and D. Beresford. In Press. Application of time scales calculus to the growth and development in populations of Stomoxys calcitrans. International Journal of Difference Equations.
Meyer, C. K., S. D. Peterson, and M. R. Whiles. 2011. Efficiency comparisons of active macroinvertebrate sampling techniques in Platte River wetlands. Wetlands 31:101-112.
Bach, E. M., S. G., Baer, C. K. Meyer, and J. Six. 2010. Soil microbial and structural recovery during grassland restoration on contrasting soil texture. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42:2182-2191.
Baer, S. G., C. K. Meyer, E. M. Back, R. P. Klopf, and J. Six. 2010. Contrasting ecosystem recovery on two soil textures: implications for carbon mitigation and grassland conservation. Ecosphere 1:1-22.
Meyer, C. K., M. R. Whiles, and S. G. Baer. 2010. Plant community recovery following restoration in temporally variable riparian wetlands. Restoration Ecology 18:52-64.
Meyer, C. K., S. G. Baer, and M. R. Whiles. 2008. Ecosystem recovery across a chronosequence of restored prairie slough wetlands in the Platte River valley. ECOSYSTEMS 11:193-208.
Meyer, C. K. and M. R. Whiles. 2008. Macroinvertebrate communities in restored and natural Platte River slough wetlands. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 27:626-639.
Meyer, C.K., M.R. Whiles, and R.E. Charlton. 2002. Life history, secondary production, and ecosystem significance of acridid grasshoppers in annually burned and unburned tallgrass prairie. American Entomologist 48:52-61
Whiles, M.R., M.A. Callaham, Jr., C.K. Meyer, B.L. Brock, and R.E. Charlton. 2001. Emergence of periodical cicadas from a Kansas riparian forest: densities, biomass, and nitrogen flux. American Midland Naturalist 145:176-187
Callaham, M. A. Jr., M. R. Whiles, C. K. Meyer, B. L. Brock, and R. E. Charlton. 2000. Feeding ecology and emergence production of annually emerging cicadas (Homoptera: Cicadidae) in tallgrass prairie. Oecologia 123:535-542