Dylan Kesler’s academic pursuits focus on understanding avian sociality and the development of theoretical and applied solutions to avian extinctions in Pacific Oceania. He believes the best science occurs on the interface of basic and applied research and he is the primary author of numerous peer-reviewed publications about the behavioral ecology and conservation of cooperatively breeding birds. Dr. Kesler is assistant professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he teaches courses on behavioral ecology, wildlife conservation, and ornithology. In addition to being the conservation biologist for the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona for two years, Dr. Kesler’s field experiences include nearly a decade of expeditions to Micronesia and Polynesia to study ecology and evolution of Pacific avifauna. His ongoing work is in longleaf pine ecosystems of the American Southeast and he developing new projects researching sociality, movement and conservation theory in the American Midwest, the Federated States of Micronesia, Hawaii’s Northern Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and French Polynesia.
|Contributor Type:||Other Scientist|
|Institution:||University of Missouri-Columbia|
|Groups of Interest:||Todiramphus|
|Subject Areas of Interest:||Behavior, Biogeography, Ecology, Phylogenetics, Taxonomy|
|Geographic Areas of Interest:||Islands of Pacific Oceania, pine systems of North America, and tall grass prairies of North America|