Melissa Bowlin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Melissa Bowlin
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Natural Sciences
235 Science Faculty Center | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128
By appointment

Teaching Areas:

Biological Sciences, Master of Science in Environmental Science

Research Areas:


Biography and Education

Dr. Bowlin received her Bachelor's of Science degree from Cornell University in 2002 and went on to earn a Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2007. She has been at UM-Dearborn since 2010. She currently serves as Biology Discipline Chair for the Department of Natural Sciences.


Ph.D. Institution: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, 2007

Selected Publications

Bowlin, M.S., Enstrom, D.A., Murphy, B.J., Plaza, E., Jurich, P., and J. Cochran. 2015. Unexplained altitude changes in a migrating thrush: Long flight altitude data from radiotelemetry. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 132:808-816.

Bowlin, M.S., McLeer, D.F., and A.M. Danielson-Francois. 2014. Spiders in motion: Demonstrating adaptation, structure-function relationships, and trade-offs in invertebrates. Advances in Physiology Education 38:71-79.

Muijres, F.T., Bowlin, M.S., Johansson, L.C., and A. Hedenström. 2012. Vortex wake, downwash distribution, aerodynamic performance and wingbeat kinematics in slow-flying pied flycatchers. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 67:292-303.

Awards and Recognition

American Ornithology Society Council Member, 2016

American Ornithologists’ Union Elective Member, 2012

Elected to the American Physiological Society, 2012

Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship, 2008 Science Buddies Outstanding Expert Award, 2007