The Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series brings a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) speakers to West Virginia’s capitol city of Charleston several times annually. The goal is to promote the importance of research and while also providing access to renowned scientists who the general public may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

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Julie Meachen, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor, Anatomy
Des Moines University 

Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m.
Culture Center in Charleston 

Domestic dogs are man’s best friend and humans have a special place in their heart for these loyal, fuzzy
beasts. But what about the wild dog species? The dogs that are closely and distantly related to our favorite
companions? In this talk we will explore the world of canids (dogs) over the last 60,000 years in North
America. We will explore the life and times of a 57,000-year-old wolf pup who was mummified in the
permafrost of the Yukon, and what her life was like in the last Ice Age. We will also discuss the (real!)
enigmatic dire wolves of Game of Thrones fame, who they were related to, and what they might have looked
like. Finally, we will explore a group of Gray wolf relatives that were found in Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming
from 50,000 years ago to the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 12,000 years ago, and what makes them

Meachen earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008.