Blake Mathys, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Portfolio


Ph.D. Ecology and EvolutionRutgers UniversityJanuary 2010
B.S. Biology; Minor: Field BiologyOhio Northern University May 2002

Ph.D. Dissertation: Morphological evolution of birds recently introduced to islands: patterns of diversification
Advisor: Dr. Julie L. Lockwood


7/2018 to presentAssociate Professor of Environmental Science (see teaching portfolio for classes taught)Ohio Dominican University
7/2012 to 6/2018Assistant Professor of Environmental Science (see teaching portfolio for classes taught)Ohio Dominican University
2012Adjunct Professor: Ecology (spring)Ohio Dominican University
2011-2012Adjunct Professor: Biological Sciences II (fall, spring, summer) and Introductory Biology (winter)Columbus State Community College
2011-2012Adjunct Professor: Science & Society (6 sections)Franklin University
2011Co-Instructor: Animal Behavior & Conservation; Field course at La Suerte Biological Field Station, Costa RicaHunter College
2009-2011Visiting Assistant Professor: Cells & Molecules and Biodiversity & Evolution lecture and laboratoryStockton University
2010-2011Part-time Lecturer: Ornithology (summer and spring), Wildlife Ecology & Conservation (fall)Rutgers University
2010 Adjunct Professor: Introduction to Natural Resources (fall) Rowan University
2008 Co-instructor: The Ecology of the Jersey Shore; Byrne First-Year Seminar Rutgers University
2004-2009 Teaching Assistant: Vertebrate Zoology laboratory (4 semesters); Ichthyology laboratory (1 semester); Invertebrate Zoology laboratory (1 semester); General Biology laboratory (3 semesters) Rutgers University
2004 Intern: Northern Elephant Seal monitoring, Southeast Farallon Island, CA Point Blue (formerly PRBO)
2003, 2004 Field Technician: Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Fire Study, FL University of California, Santa Cruz
2003 Hawk Counter: Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Project, WA HawkWatch International
2002 Teaching Assistant: General Biology laboratory Missouri State University
2001 Intern: Fish sampling Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water



Mathys, B.A. Chapter 7: Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus Linnaeus, 1766) in Invasive Birds: Global Trends and Impacts. Edited by C.T. Downs and L.A. Hart. CABI.

Valentin, R.E., Lockwood, J.L., Mathys, B.A., & Fonseca, D.M. Influence of invasion history on rapid morphological divergence across island populations of an exotic bird. Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.4021

Mathys, D.A., Mathys, B.A., Mollenkopf, D., Daniels, J. & Wittum, T.E. Enterobacteriaceae harboring AmpC (blaCMY) and ESBL (blaCTX-M) in migratory and non-migratory wild songbird populations on Ohio dairies.
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. doi:10.1089/vbz.2016.2038

Urig, H., Nolting, J., Mathys, D., Mathys, B.A. & Bowman, A. Influenza A virus surveillance in under-represented avian species, Ohio, 2015. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. doi:10.7589/2016-05-106

Le Gros, A., Clergeau, P., Zuccon, D., Cornette, R., Mathys, B.A. & Samadi, S. Invasion history and demographic processes associated with rapid morphological changes in the Red-whiskered bulbul established on tropical islands. Molecular Ecology. 25(21):5359-5376. doi:10.1111/mec.13853

Mathys, B.A. & Lockwood, J.L. Contemporary morphological diversification of passerine birds introduced to the Hawaiian archipelago. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 278(1716):2392-2400.

Mathys, B.A. First record of Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis) for the West Indies. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 123(1):179-180.
2009 Mathys, B.A. & Lockwood, J.L. Rapid evolution of great kiskadees on Bermuda: an assessment of the ability of the Island Rule to predict the direction of contemporary evolution in exotic vertebrates. Journal of Biogeography. 36(12):2204-2211.
In prep

Mathys, B.A. & Lockwood, J.L. Contemporary evolution of exotic bird morphology in response to insularization: does the Island Rule hold for exotic passerines?

University Service

2015-16 Committee on Academics and Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment
2016-17 Course Evaluations Committee
2013-14, 2017-18 Admission Committee for Undergraduate Programs
2013-18 Justice/Common Good/Truth Planning Committee
2016-19Benefits Committee
2013 to presentFounder and Faculty Advisor: Ohio Dominican Birding Club
2014 to present Ohio Dominican Sustainability Council
2016 to present Advisor and Supervisor for Recycling Students on Campus
2019 to presentBudget Committee
2019 to presentFaculty Senate Leadership Team
2019 to presentUndergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee

Professional Presentations

4th North American Ornithological Conference

Veracruz, Mexico

Poster: Contemporary Evolutionary Change of the Introduced Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus Population in Bermuda
International Biogeography Society

4th Biennial meeting in Mérida, Mexico

Poster: Rapid Morphological Evolution of Exotic Passerine Birds on Islands


2020 Columbus Audubon: $1,983.99 for “Central Ohio Owl Project
2013 Ohio Dominican University Summer Research Grant: $2,000 for “Evolution of non-native birds on the Hawaiian archipelago”
2007 Co-wrote proposal to National Geographic Society: $14,000 grant (#8261-07) awarded for "Do non-native species show macro-evolutionary patterns? Non-native passerines and the Island Rule" (Dr. Julie L. Lockwood, Principal Investigator)

Professional Service

Peer reviewer for Biological Invasions, Ibis, Oikos, The Auk, Ethology, Biological Conservation, and Ecology

State & Federal Permits

March 2012 to present Federal master bird banding permit
State of Ohio bird banding permit
March 2013 to present U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service salvage permit for bird specimens
State of Ohio permit to salvage bird and mammal specimens
State of Ohio permit to capture fish (using electrofishing, seines, and minnow traps) and small mammals (using Sherman live traps)

Research Interests

Biogeography, avian introductions, morphological evolution, ecological and evolutionary consequences of body size, evolutionary effects of insularity, ecology of wintering owls

Updated 25 September 2020