Kevin Matteson

Kevin Matteson

Associate Director MA/MAT Program, Instructor

WFH and Upham Hall, 111B
Project Dragonfly

Biographical Information

Kevin Matteson is an ecologist and pollination biologist with a research focus on urbanized landscapes. For his doctoral research (conducted at Fordham University), Kevin utilized GIS and insect sampling to evaluate landscape factors influencing the diversity of bees and butterflies in community gardens of East Harlem and the Bronx. His postdoctoral work took him to Chicago where he was Co-PI on a multi-year NSF funded research project on pollination limitation in urban landscapes. Kevin is currently interested in community-based conservation efforts in cities and, through his work with Project Dragonfly, online course development and participatory education.

Kevin currently serves as the Associate Director of Master's Programs for Project Dragonfly, an inquiry-based conservation initiative offered by Miami University.

Courses Taught

  • Amazon: Avian & Tropical Ecology (BI0 642)
  • Baja: Field Methods (BIO 644)
  • Belize: Approaches to Environmental Stewardship (BIO 645)
  • Galapagos: Islands of Change (BIO 681)
  • India: Species, Deities, & Communities (BIO 653)
  • Masters Capstone (BIO 637)
  • Urban Ecology (BIO 622)
  • Pollination Biology and Conservation (BIO 624)

Recent Publications & Presentations

  • Kucherov, N. B., Minor, E. S., Johnson, P. P., Taron, D., & Matteson, K. C. (2021). Butterfly declines in protected areas of Illinois: Assessing the influence of two decades of climate and landscape change. PloS one16(10), e0257889.
  • van de Water, A., King, L. E., Arkajak, R., Arkajak, J., van Doormaal, N., Ceccarelli, V., ... & Matteson, K. (2020). Beehive fences as a sustainable local solution to human‐elephant conflict in Thailand. Conservation Science and Practice2(10), e260.
  • Davis, A.Y., Lonsdorf, E.V. Shierk, C.R., Matteson, K.C., Taylor, J.R., Lovell, S.T., and Minor, E.S. 2017. Enhancing Pollination Supply in an Urban Ecosystem through Landscape Modifications. Landscape and Urban Planning 162 (June 2017): 157–66.
  • Lowenstein, D. M., Matteson, K.C., and Minor, E. S. 2015. Diversity of wild bees supports pollination services in an urbanized landscape. Oecologia: First online: 18 July 2015.
  • Matteson, K.C. and G. Langellotto 2012. Evaluating community gardens as habitat for an urban butterfly. Cities and the Environment (CATE), 5(1). Retrieved from