Assistant Professor of Biology
Science Center Room 114
Waylon Hiler is a Missouri Valley College Alumni; graduating in 2003 with a B.S. degree in biology. While at Missouri Valley he was an active member of the Rodeo team and represented MVC three times at the College National Finals Rodeo in the bull riding event. He continued his academic training at Arkansas State University; where in 2005, he graduated with a M.S. degree in Biology. At Arkansas State, Waylon’s research focused on the decline of the Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi); a giant salamander which is endemic to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. After graduating from ASU, Waylon returned to his native Colorado to live. Shortly afterwards, he began working at TRC Environmental Corporation in Laramie, Wyoming as a biologist and project manager. He returned to MVC in the fall of 2008 to teach. Courses taught include: Principles of Biology, Environmental Science, Ichthyology, Herpetology, Mammalogy, and Vertebrate Zoology. His research interests include the natural history and ecology of amphibians and reptiles, evolutionary theory, the examination of community interactions using stable isotopes, and the conservation and management of non-game species.
Waylon Hiler holds a Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) at a captive breeding facility in Lushi City, Henan Province, China