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Mikey Tabak|Meet the Science Posse

PhD. Candidate in Ecology, Department of Zoology & Physiology

Graduate Fellow

Topics Mikey can bring to your classroom:

Animal Biology
Conservation Biology
Mathematical Modeling
Animal Dissections
Natural Selection



B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University

Current Research:

Rats (Rattus spp.) have been introduced to thousands of islands around the world, causing detrimental effects to native flora and fauna. I study the effects of invasive Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) on passerine birds in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). (The Falklands are located off the southeast coast of Argentina.) Using a dataset of surveys from 150 islands, I study the differences in metacommunity dynamics between islands with rats from those without rats. I also study the effects of rodent eradications on birds.


I grew up in Missouri and always enjoyed the outdoors. I moved to Tennessee for college and stayed there, attempting to start a business that produced 100% biodegradable packaging peanuts. When the economy crashed, I decided to go back to school and to move to my favorite part of the country-the West. I really enjoy living and playing in the mountains. I’m passionate about my research and other conservation issues.

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The unexamined life is not worth living. -Socrates

I love living in Wyoming. Outside of my research, I enjoy playing in the mountains: running, hiking, skiing and biking. Luckily all of these activities involve my dog Hank who is a pointer and loves to run next to me, no matter what I'm doing.

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