He began research on detector dogs in 1982, developing new and rapid techniques to determine olfactory thresholds in the dog, as well as measures of visual and gustatory function. In 1989 he founded the Institute for Biological Detection Systems (IBDS) at Auburn. The three major prongs for the research program were: 1) detector dog-handler team programs- study, protection and improvement 2) study of basic sensory functions to feed information to #1 and to #3, and 3) development of artificial biosensor systems. Some of this and later work included study of odors, odor movement, and methods to deliver odors reliably and accurately. Of particular interest, 24 different disease conditions in the dog were found that cause loss of the sense of smell in the dog. In addition, he began training dogs to detect novel targets (estrus in cows termites, off-flavor chemicals), including determination of the odor signatures the dog used to recognize the targets.
Teaching Responsibilities: Dr. Myers currently assists in teaching Veterinary Neuroscience and is the course coordinator for a course in Ethology for first year veterinary students In addition he sees clients for animal behavior problems in Birmingham and in Auburn. He is also active as an expert witness in legal cases in state, federal, and Supreme Court cases involving detector dog-handler teams.