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Cailin Meyer

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Cailin Meyer
  • Cailin Meyer
  • Museum Technician
  • Phone:   (202) 633-1628
  • E-mail Address:   meyerca atsiedu
  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 106
    Washington, DC 20013-7012
  • Shipping Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th & Constitution NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0106


 Cailin spent her childhood exploring museums and national parks. Today, she is committed to continuing museum education and accessibility for the next generation. She strongly believes in connecting scientists and the public through museum programs and exhibits.

Prior to joining the National Museum of Natural History, Cailin worked at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. There, she cared for thousands of anatomical and neuroanatomical specimens that document the history of military medicine, prepared comparative anatomy specimens, performed preservation work on specimens, supported public programs through research, and managed a digitization project of the museum's accession file records.

Cailin specializes in zooarchaeology, human anatomy, and comparative anatomy. She has participated in several field programs in archaeology, entomology, and herptetology, and previously taught human anatomy at the University of Kansas. Her research interests include: species domestication; foodways of the American Antebellum South; the history and implementation of integrated pest management; informal science education; and marine mammals, especially humpback whales.


M. A. University of Kansas (2014)
M.A. Illinois State University (2012)
B. A. Rhodes College (2010)


Meyer, C. "Mary Edwards Walker: The Only Woman Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor." Military Medicine, July 2016.

Boyle, E., Hawk, A., Hill, S., Meyer, C."Using Medical Archives and Artifacts to Challenge an Exclusive Past," Panel at the National Council on Public History Conference, March 2016.

Meyer, C. "Broadening Connections and Gaining NSF Funds," Poster at the Mountain-Plains Museum Association Conference, September 2014.

Meyer, C. "Untapped Potential: Using the National Science Foundation's broader impacts criterion to develop and fund public programs and exhibits in museum spaces." Honors Thesis, University of Kansas, May 2014.

Meyer, C. "Food and Social Identity: Establishing Antebellum Ethnic and Class Boundaries through Faunal Remains," Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology Conference, April 2012.

Meyer, C. "Identity and Status Establishment through Foodways: Faunal Analysis of the Royston Household in Antebellum Washington, Arkansas" Thesis, Illinois State University, July 2012.

Meyer, C. "Land Values and Planter Class Formation in Fayette County: 1825-1860" Honors Thesis, Rhodes College, April 2010.

Meyer, C. "Land Value Patterns in Ames Plantation, Fayette County, Tennessee: 1825-1860." Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, 2009.

Meyer, C. "Destined for Obscurity-An Examination of the Brief History and Assimilation of the Huguenot Settlement at Manakintown, Virginia." The Huguenot: 44 (2009).

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