Dan Meyers – 2018 Mary McKee Felton Intern

Dan Meyers

Dan Meyers, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill class of 2021, is majoring in Quantitative Biology, and minoring in Chemistry & Entrepreneurship. He is from Holly Springs, Wake County, North Carolina.

During the fall 2017 Dan volunteered in the Herbarium and worked with Herbarium Associate Dr. Van Cotter to identify, label, and index type specimens in Herbarium’s extensive fungal collection. In January, 2018 he became the Mary McKee Felton Intern, and is continuing to document NCU’s mycological type specimens. Dan will be presenting a poster about his work at the Mid-Atlantic States Mycological Conference which will be held April 13-14, 2018 at the Saluda Shoals Park Environmental Education Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dan’s interest in mycology was sparked during his junior year of high school when he attended a talk about soil science at Resource Conservation Workshop, an event sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts in conjunction with the NC Division of Soil & Water Conservation, North Carolina State University’s Crop & Soil Science Department, and the Soil & Water Conservation Society Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter. “The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong workshop and involves study and hands-on participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed at North Carolina State University campus dormitories…[and learn] about natural resources and their management in today’s global environment.” His mycological interests were reinforced when he found fairy rings of Chlorophyllum molybdites in his backyard in Holly Springs.

Dan is also the Compost Co-manager for the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCB), a program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The CCCG grows vegetables and fruit so that all University of North Carolina employees have access to fresh produce. CCCG also fosters gardening skills and healthy living for students, staff and faculty of the University.