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PhD, Ciência 2007


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Animal Diversity & Conservation (main)
Theoretical Ecology and Biodiversity


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Christoph Meyer

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are in bat ecology, tropical ecology, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. A particular focus of my research is on assessing species responses to habitat fragmentation and on trying to elucidate the mechanistic basis underlying patterns of species distributions in fragmented landscapes.

 

Academic Qualifications

- 2007 PhD - Dr. rer. nat. ( University of Ulm, Germany)

- 2003 M.Sc. in Biology ( University of Würzburg, Germany)

 

Recent Publications

López-Baucells A., Rocha R., Fernández-Arellano G., Bobrowiec P.E.D., Palmeirim J.M. & Meyer C.F.J. 2014. Echolocation of the big red bat Lasiurus egregius (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and first record from the Central Brazilian Amazon. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 49(1):18-25.

Mendenhall C.D., Karp D.S., Meyer C.F.J., Hadly E.A. & Daily G.C. 2014. Predicting biodiversity change and averting collapse in agricultural landscapes. Nature 509:213-217.

López-Baucells A., Rocha R., Mayés I., Vulinec K. & Meyer C.F.J. 2013. First record of Micronycteris sanborni (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Central Amazonia, Brazil: range expansion and description of its echolocation. Mammalia [online first DOI 10.1515/mammalia-2013-0006].

Meyer C.F.J. 2012. Tropical bats: suitable candidates for long-term monitoring? Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Importance of Bats as Bioindicators (Flaquer C. & Puig-Montserrat X., Eds.), pp. 28-31. Museum of Natural Sciences Edicions, Granollers.

Holland R.A., Meyer C.F.J., Kalko E.K.V., Kays R. & Wikelski M. 2011. Emergence time and foraging activity in Pallas’ mastiff bat Molossus molossus Chiroptera: Molossidae. in relation to sunset/sunrise and phase of the moon. Acta Chiropterologica 13:399-404.

Meyer C.F.J., Aguiar L.M.S., Aguirre L.F., Baumgarten J., Clarke F.M., Cosson J.-F., Estrada Villegas S., Fahr J., Faria D., Furey N., Henry M., Hodgkison R., Jenkins R.K.B., Jung K.G., Kingston T., Kunz T.H., Macswiney Gonzalez M.C., Moya I., Patterson B.P., Pons J.-M., Racey P.A., Rex K., Sampaio E.M., Solari S., Stoner K.E., Voigt C.C., von Staden D., Weise C.D. & Kalko E.K.V. 2011. Accounting for detectability improves estimates of species richness in tropical bat surveys. Journal of Applied Ecology 48:777-787.

Russo D., Maglio G., Rainho A., Meyer C.F.J. & Palmeirim J. 2011. Out of the dark: diurnal activity in the bat Hipposideros ruber on São Tomé island West Africa. Mammalian Biology 76:701-708.

Meyer C.F.J., Aguiar L.M.S., Aguirre L.F., Baumgarten J., Clarke F.M., Cosson J.-F., Estrada Villegas S., Fahr J., Faria D., Furey N., Henry M., Hodgkison R., Jenkins R.K.B., Jung K.G., Kingston T., Kunz T.H., Macswiney Gonzalez M.C., Moya I., Pons J.-M., Racey P.A., Rex K., Sampaio E.M., Stoner K.E., Voigt C.C., von Staden D., Weise C.D. & Kalko E.K.V. 2010. Long-term monitoring of tropical bats for anthropogenic impact assessment: gauging the statistical power to detect population change. Biological Conservation 143:2797-2807.

Estrada Villegas S., Meyer C.F.J. & Kalko E.K.V. 2010. Effects of tropical forest fragmentation on aerial insectivorous bats in a land-bridge island system. Biological Conservation 143:597-608.

Meyer C.F.J., Kalko E.K.V. & Kerth G. 2009. Small-scale fragmentation effects on local genetic diversity in two phyllostomid bats with different dispersal abilities. Biotropica 41:95-102.

Meyer C.F.J.& Kalko E.K.V. 2008. Assemblage-level responses of phyllostomid bats to tropical forest fragmentation: land-bridge islands as a model system. Journal of Biogeography 35:1711-1726.

Kalko E.K.V., Estrada Villegas S., Schmidt M., Wegmann M. & Meyer C.F.J. 2008. Flying high - assessing the use of the aerosphere by bats. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48:60-73.

Meyer C.F.J. & Kalko E.K.V. 2008. Bat assemblages on Neotropical landbridge islands: nested subsets and null model analyses of species co-occurrence patterns. Diversity and Distributions 14:644-654.

Meyer C.F.J., Fründ J., Pineda Lizano W. & Kalko E.K.V. 2008. Ecological correlates of vulnerability to fragmentation in Neotropical bats. Journal of Applied Ecology 45:381-391.

Albrecht L., Meyer C.F.J. & Kalko E.K.V.  2007. Differential mobility in two small phyllostomid bats, Artibeus watsoni and Micronycteris microtis, in a fragmented Neotropical landscape. Acta Theriologica 52:141-149.

 

Ongoing Projects

  • “Temporal dynamics of the impacts of forest fragmentation on Neotropical bat assemblages” (PTDC/BIA-BIC/111184/2009, Principal Investigator)

  • “Regional patterns of gene flow and population genetic differentiation among isolated populations of the giant noctule bat, Nyctalus lasiopterus, in southern Iberia” (in cooperation with Dr. Javier Juste & Dr. Carlos Ibáñez - Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Seville)

  • “Agro-forestry management practices of montados and its impact on bats and birds” (PTDC/AGRAAM/108448/2008; team member, PI: J. Palmeirim).

  • “Endemic pigeons of São Tomé: developing science-based conservation and sustainable use of African forest pigeons” (PTDC/BIA-BIC/115223/2009, team member, PI: J. Palmeirim)

  •  “Distribution patterns and population status of the bats of the island of São Tomé” (with J. Palmeirim, A. Rainho, S. Thorsteinsdóttir - CBA)

 

Other Information

  • Editorial Board Member of the open-access journal ISRN Ecology (2011-present)

  • Reviewer for the journals Acta Oecologica, Acta Chiropterologica, Biological Conservation, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biotropica, Conservation Biology, Diversity & Distributions, Ecotropica, Global Ecology & Biogeography, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Natural History, Oecologia, Oikos, and Zoologia

  • Member of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), British Ecological Society (BES), and Society for Tropical Ecology (GTÖ)