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Dylan Horvath


Steward of Natural Areas

MS in Biology

Binghamton University

BS in Biology, 2000

SUNY Albany

Office: Science 3, Room 383

Telephone: (607) 777-3326

Email address:


As the Steward of Natural Areas, I am involved in every aspect of the Nature Preserve and other campus natural areas.  I assist in developing, coordinating, and/or supporting educational programs, research, and academic use in the natural areas.  Most of all, I promote the respectable use and appreciation of the campus natural areas and of nature in general.  I coordinate volunteers in trail work, guided hikes, and nature education. 


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Teaching :

Binghamton University

Nature Preserve Tours: (Fall 2001- Present)
Guide Training: (Fall 2002-Present)
Volunteer Training: (Fall 2005 - Present)


Envi 327: Natural History of the Nature Preserve (Fall 2006-Present)

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

Bio 251: Human Anatomy and Physiology (Fall 2002)

Bio 252: Human Anatomy and Physiology (Spring 2002)

Bio 115: Introductory Biology Laboratory (Fall 2001)

Bio 114: The Biology of Organisms and Populations (Spring 2001)

Envi 101: Men and Women and the Environment (Fall 2000)



 **Coming Soon to a projector screen near you! **

Presentations on the Nature Preserve, Bats, Wolverines, Amphibians, Caspian Terns, Ecology, and much more. Since 2004 - too many to list...

  • Horvath, D. (2004). Wolverine Conservation. Sierra Club Meeting.
  • Horvath, D. (2004). The Greater Yellowstone Wolverine Study. Weekly Science Presentations, Biology Department, SUNY Binghamton.
  • Horvath, D. (2003). The Effect of Increased Refuge Density on Mobility and Condition Mediated Competition in Plethodon cinereus. Thesis Defense Public Presentation.
  • Horvath, D. (2003). Climbing Behavior in salamanders. Annual Biology Symposium, SUNY Binghamton.
  • Horvath, D. (2002). Ecology and captive care of salamanders and newts. Community Outreach, Susquehanna Day School, Binghamton.



Assisting/Advising Graduate and Undergraduate Projects 2006-Present

Yellow Spotted Salamanders, BU Nature Preserve: 2011-Present
With the help of several undergraduates, we are doing photographic data collection to determine path fidelity, population size, sex ratio, disease, temporal variation in migration, and more.

Bats, North Carolina: 2005-2009, 2015

Field Technician under Joy O’Keefe at Clemson University.
Netting, tracking, audio monitoring bats.
Vegetation surveys and snake wrangling.

Caspian Terns, Oregon: 2004

Colony Monitor/Field Tech under Dr. Daniel Roby.
Cooperative Fisheries and WildlifeUnit at Oregon State University and Dr. Ken Collins
Monitoring reproductive success, disturbance, mortality of Caspian tern colony, East Sand Island, Columbia River.
Wrote/Updated Field Manual.

Wolverines, Montana: 2003-2006

Field Assistant under Robert and Kris Inman, Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana.
Checked/maintained traps. Vet assistant in handling anesthetized wolverines (monitoring life signs, assisting surgery), collected data on wolverine tracks and DNA collection.

Graduate Research

Created behavioral data base of 300+ species of Caribbean fish in order to explore variation in shy-bold characteristics. Assisted graduate students in the research of behavioral responses of salamanders to predator cues (snake odor) in lab and field trials, capture of small mammals, censusing amphibians, and observing crow behavior.

Red Backed Salamanders: New York: 2001-2003

Master’s thesis: Demonstrated that increased refuge density did not increase soil surface movement of red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus. Provided evidence of vertical movement to and from soil surface and underground retreats as more common than horizontal soil surface mobility in the red-backed salamander which in turn affects competition. Involved intense nighttime fieldwork.

Field assistant: 2000

Under Dr. Richard Wyman, E. N. Huyck Preserve, Renseleareville, NY.
Collected and summarized data on the effect of red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus, on forest decomposition rates, data on abiotic changes of various forest types, and collected/identified detritus invertebrates.

House Wrens: New York: 1999

Field Assistant
Under Dr. Isabella Scheiber, SUNY Albany.

Observed nesting behavior, identified by banding, and collected biological data (wing measurements, blood samples, etc.) of house wrens, Troglodytes aedon, for a study on reproductive success in response to ectoparasites.

Researcher/Media Production: 1999

Intern for Audubon International Sanctuary System (AISS). Researched, created, edited, and illustrated information pamphlets on local wildlife published for AISS members.

Last Updated: 12/14/17