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Lyon Alumna Allyn Dodd Returns as Faculty

Dr. Allyn Dodd, ‘07, is returning to Lyon this year as an assistant professor of biology. She will teach introductory biology courses and upper level courses including ecology and biostatistics.

Dodd is excited to be back at her alma mater. She says her Lyon experience is what encouraged her to apply.

“I attended Lyon as an undergraduate and employed Lyon students when I worked as an academic coordinator for the APPLE Project, so I already had firsthand knowledge of the caliber of students, faculty, and staff who call Lyon home,” says Dodd. “I wanted to work with our students because I knew they would be excellent scholars. The culture of Lyon is centered on learning, growing in and out of the classroom, and fostering a close campus community.”

In fact, teaching at Lyon has been a long-time aspiration of Dodd’s.

“Honestly, teaching at Lyon had been a dream of mine for the last ten years,” she says. “Lyon's faculty and staff had a huge impact on me, and I hope to help our students grow and succeed just as my professors did for me.”

Dodd recently completed her doctorate in aquatic ecosystem ecology at the University of Arkansas, where she studied carbon cycling in aquatic systems. She evaluated the effects of stream flow and channel characteristics on carbon amounts, and she examined the influence of stream flow on greenhouse gas emissions from streams.

Dodd’s time outside of Lyon has also prepared her for her new position. She knows faculty “are tasked with three primary objectives: teach courses, conduct research, and provide service to the institution,” and Dodd has experience with all three.

“I have taught for eight out of the last ten years,” explains Dodd. “Teaching is my absolute favorite thing to do! I have also been fortunate to mentor excellent undergraduates in ecological research for several years, and most of those students have presented their research at regional conferences.”

Dodd has served on several committees for the Society for Freshwater Science, and she was an officer for the University of Arkansas Biology Graduate Student Association. She also worked as an environmental specialist for a private consulting firm, where she ensured clients were in compliance with environmental law. She hopes this experience will benefit her students interested in environmental careers.

Gearing up for the beginning of the semester, Dodd shares she is most excited to meet her students, and she has some fun plans for her ecology class.

“We are going to go on some great field trips, and the students will gain experience with field and analytical techniques that professional ecologists use every day.”