Christopher P. Meyer


Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611 U.S.A.
(352) 392-1721 x201


current position

            post doctoral research associate. Florida Museum of Natural History (G. Paulay) and

                                                Dept. Zoology, University of Washington (A. Kohn)



            Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley, 1998

                        Thesis title: ³Phylogenetic systematics, biogeography and diversification patterns in cowries²

                        Advisor: Jere H. Lipps

            M.A. Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley, 1992

Thesis title: ³Pattern formation in cypraeid gastropods: a specific case of pattern formation leading to a general model²

                        Advisor: Carole S. Hickman

            B.S. Colgate University, Magna cum Laude, 1988

                        majors in biology and geology (high honors)

                        Advisor: Robert M. Linsley

Peer- reviewed Publications


Meyer, C. and G. Paulay. (in press) DNA barcoding error rates based on comprehensive sampling. PLoS Biology.

Meyer, C., J. Geller and G. Paulay. 2005. Fine scale endemism on coral reefs: archipelagic differentiation in turbinid gastropods. Evolution. 59(1): 113-125.

Asami R, Yamada T, Iryu Y, Quinn TM, Meyer CP, Paulay G. 2005. Interannual and decadal variability of the western Pacific sea surface condition for the years 1787-2000: Reconstruction based on stable isotope record from a Guam coral. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans. 110 (C5): Art. No. C05018.

Meyer, C. 2004. Toward comprehensiveness: increased molecular sampling within Cypraeidae and its phylogenetic implications. Malacologia. 46(1): 127-156.

Kirkendale, L. and C. Meyer. 2004. Phylogeography of the Patelloida profunda group (Lottidae: Gastropoda): diversification in a dispersal-driven system. Molecular Ecology. 13(9): 2749-2762.

Asami, R., T. Yamada, Y. Iryu, C. Meyer, T. Quinn and G. Paulay. 2004. Carbon and oxygen isotopic composition of a Guam coral and their relationships to environmental variables in the western Pacific. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 212: 1-22.

Luta, A.M., I.I. Kravchenko, F.E. Dunnam, H.A. Van Rinsvelt, and C.P. Meyer. 2004. Proton induced X-ray emission analysis of aberrant cowrie shells. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 215: 223-227.

Meyer, C.P. 2003. Molecular systematics of cowries (Gastropoda: Cypraeidae) and diversification patterns in the tropics. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 79: 401-459.

Paulay, G. and C. Meyer. 2002. Diversification in the tropical Pacific: comparisons between marine and terrestrial systems and the importance of founder speciation. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 42: 922-934.

Paulay, G., Kirkendale, L., Lambert, G. and C. Meyer. 2002. Anthropogenic biotic interchange in a coral reef ecosystem: a case study from Guam. Pacific Science, 56(4): 403-422.

Castilla, J.C., Collins, A.G., Meyer, C.P., Guinez, R. and D.R. Lindberg. 2002. Recent introduction of the dominant tunicate, Pyura praeputialis (Urochordata, Pyuridae) to Antofagasta, Chile. Molecular Ecology, 11:1579-1584.

Myers, M., Meyer, C., and V. Resh. 2000. Neritid and thiarid gastropods from French Polynesian streams: how reproduction (sexual, parthenogenetic) and dispersal (active, passive) affect population structure. Freshwater Biology, 44: 535–545.

Valentine, J.W., Collins, A.G., and C.P. Meyer. 1994. Morphological complexity increase in metazoans. Paleobiology. 20:131-142.


Other Publications:


Amesbury, S.; Bonito, V., Chang, R., Kirkendale, L, Meyer, C., Paulay, G., Ritson-Williams, R., Rongo, T. 2001.  Marine biodiversity resource survey and baseline reef monitoring survey of the Haputo Ecological Reserve Area, COMNAVMARIANAS.  Report and Interactive GIS Document prepared for US Dept. of Defense, COMNAVMARIANAS. 111 pp. & CD-ROM

Paulay, G., Kirkendale, L., Meyer, C., Houk, P., Rongo, T., Chang, R. 2001. Marine biodiversity resource survey and baseline reef monitoring survey of the Southern Orote Peninsula and North Agat Bay Area, COMNAVMARIANAS. Report and Interactive GIS Document prepared for US Dept. of Defense, COMNAVMARIANAS. 111 pp. & CD-ROM

Abstracts and Invited Talks


Meyer, C. 2005. Interpreting life¹s history through the lens of the present: Accounting for variability in biogeographic inference. AMS Annual Meeting, Asilomar, CA.  invited speaker for From Development to Extinction Symposium.

Kohn, AJ, CP Meyer and TF Duda. 2005.Species-level phylogeny and phylogeography of Conus: A progress report. AMS Annual Meeting, Asilomar, CA.

Davies, N., C. Meyer and G. Roderick. 2005. The BioCode MOOREA project: Beyond the barcode. First International Barcoding of Life Conference. London. invited talk.

Meyer, C.  2004. Will barcoding work? An empirical test of the method¹s performance. Inaugural meeting of the Consortium for the Barcoding of Life (CBOL). Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

Meyer, C. 2004. Does barcoding work? Bay Area Biosystematics. San Jose State University. invited speaker.

Meyer, C. 2003. Decomposing diversification in the sea: trends, generalizations and salient gradients. AMS Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan. invited speaker for Diversification in the Sea Symposium.

Meyer, C. 2003. All Snail Initiative. AMS Annual Meeting. Ann Arbor Michigan.

Meyer, C. 2003. What is a species anyway? WSM Annual Meeting, invited speaker for Phylogenetic Systematics Symposium.

Meyer, C. and G. Paulay. 2002. Indo-Pacific diversification: recurrent speciation at congruent boundaries. WSM Annual Meeting, invited speaker for Molecular Biogeography Symposium.

Meyer, C., Paulay, G.  2000.  Indo-West Pacific diversity: phylogenetic evidence from cowries for a mosaic of causes. 9th International Coral Reef Symposium, Bali, Abstract Volume p. 45, invited talk for the East Indies Triangle of Maximum Biodiversity Symposium

Paulay, G. and C. Meyer. 2000. Biodiversity and endemism in the Indo-West Pacific reef fauna: How much and where? 9th International Coral Reef Symposium, Bali, Abstract Volume p. 223, invited talk for the Coral Reef Biodiversity Symposium

Meyer, C.P. 1997. The effects of taxon sampling: assessing the accuracy of using exemplars in molecular studies. American Malacology Union, Santa Barbara, CA.

Meyer, C.P. 1996. Molecular phylogeny of living Cypraea. Western Society of Malacologists, Cypraeoidae Symposium, San Diego.

Hedegaard, C. and C.P. Meyer. 1996. Schilder revisited. Western Society of Malacologists, Cypraeoidae Symposium, San Diego.

Meyer, C.P. 1995. Character complexes and cypraeid phylogeny. American Malacology Union, Hilo, HI.

Meyer, C.P. 1991. Pattern formation in cypraeid gastropods. American Malacology Union, Berkeley, CA. 


Grants – Honors - Awards


NSF Biological Oceanography (#0221382 to G. Paulay) Species complexes in the sea: model systems for studying the biodiversity and evolutionary history of the Indo-West Pacific reef biota, 2002-2005, $342,000

NSF REVSYS (# 0316338 to A. Kohn) Killer snails – killer diversity: biodiversity and systematics of Conus, the largest marine invertebrate genus, 2003-2006, $600,000

NSF Systematics (#9807316 to G. Paulay) Patterns and Processes of Marine Speciation: a case study of Indo-West Pacific Cowries, 1998-2002, $160,000

NIH Genetics Training Grant, 1996-97

Dorothy K. Palmer Memorial Award, Museum of Paleontology, 1996

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Integrative Biology, 1996

Alice J. Rosenberg Fellowship, 1989-1990

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 1988-1989

Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Chapter, 1987

Award of Excellence in Geology, 1988

Charles A. Dana Scholarship, 1986-1987