Dr Christoph Meyer
Lecturer in Global Ecology and Conservation
Following undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the University of Miami (USA) I obtained a MSc degree in Biology (Diploma) from the University of Würzburg (Germany) in 2003. As a result of an early-developed interest in tropical ecosystems and wildlife, which deepened throughout my undergraduate years, I then embarked on a PhD to study Neotropical bats and how they are affected by habitat fragmentation.
In 2007 I earned a PhD in animal ecology from the University of Ulm (Germany) under the late Prof. Elisabeth Kalko, which involved two years of field work in Panama based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). During a subsequent Conservation International-funded postdoc, also at the University of Ulm, I synthesized numerous data sets provided by colleagues aimed at assessing the suitability of tropical bats for inclusion in long-term monitoring programs.
In 2009 I joined the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) at the University of Lisbon (Portugal) as Research Fellow, where I have worked on a variety of projects addressing ecological and conservation-related issues in the tropics (e.g. Brazil, São Tomé) and Iberia (Portugal, Spain). I joined the University of Salford as Lecturer in Global Ecology & Conservation in November 2015.
My teaching interests are in areas related to my fields of research: tropical ecology and conservation, vertebrate community ecology, landscape ecology, biodiversity monitoring and environmental impact assessment.
I am currently module leader of the L4 module Global Distribution of Wildlife and the L7 module Field monitoring of biodiversity which forms part of the new MSc programme in Wildlife Conservation. Apart from that, I teach on a variety of other modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I am an animal ecologist with general research interests at the nexus of biodiversity research, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. My line of research centers on timely topics in conservation biology and sustainability science: trying to advance our understanding about how functionally important vertebrate taxa are affected by habitat fragmentation and anthropogenic land-use change and about how biodiversity and ecosystem services can be safeguarded in the rapidly expanding agricultural areas that increasingly dominate landscapes throughout much of the tropics.
For much of my research I use bats as models, a group that due to their high species richness, ecological diversity and functional importance in tropical ecosystems has captivated me early on in my career. I have broad experience in conducting field-based ecological and conservation-related studies on bats and, to a lesser extent other taxa (birds, primates), in various tropical and temperate-zone countries.
For more information on my current research activities please click here.
2011-14 Temporal dynamics of the impacts of forest fragmentation on Neotropical bat assemblages
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal, €149,519.00
Principal investigator: C. Meyer (100%)
Qualifications and Memberships
MSc (Diploma) in Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany, 2003
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Ulm, Germany, 2007
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Salford, UK, 2016
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)
Member of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
Member of the British Ecological Society (BES)
Member of the Society for Tropical Ecology (GTÖ)
Member of School: School of Environment and Life Sciences
From November 2015 to present.
Member of Research Centre: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC)
From November 2015 to present.
Member of the Research Panel for Ethics, School of Environment & Life Sciences
From December 2015 to present.
Member of the Steering Committee, Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC)
From February 2016 to present.
Member of the International Working Group, School of Environment & Life Sciences
From October 2016 to present
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
National Geographic Society
Bat Conservation International Student Scholarship Program
2011-14 Editorial Board Member of the peer-reviewed, open access journal ISRN Ecology
Refereed journal articles
López-Baucells, A., Torrent, L., Rocha, R., Pavan, A.C., Bobrowiec, P.E.D. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2017) Does it sound familiar? Geographical variation in high-duty cycle echolocation in the cryptic common mustached bat Pteronotus cf. rubiginosus (Mormoopidae). Bioacoustics. In press
Rocha, R., Ferreira, D. F. A., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F. Z., Carreiras, J. M. B., Palmeirim, J. M. & Meyer, C. F. J. (2017) Does sex matter? Gender-specific responses to forest fragmentation in Neotropical bats. Biotropica. doi:10.1111/btp.12474.
Laurance, W.F., Camargo, J.L.C., Fearnside, P.M., Lovejoy, T.E., Williamson, G.B., Mesquita, R.C.G., Meyer, C.F.J., Bobrowiec, P.E.D. & Laurance, S.G. (2017) An Amazonian rainforest and its fragments as a laboratory of global change. Biological Reviews. doi: 10.1111/brv.12343.
Rocha, R., Ovaskainen, O., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F. Z., Ferreira, D. F. A., Bobrowiec, P. E. D., Cabeza, M., Palmeirim, J. M. & Meyer, C. F. J. (2017) Design matters: an evaluation of the impact of small man-made forest clearings on tropical bats using a before-after-control-impact design. Forest Ecology and Management, 401, 8-16.
Ferreira, D.F.A., Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F.Z., Carreiras, J.M.B., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2017) Season-modulated responses of Neotropical bats to forest fragmentation. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 4059-4071.
Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F., Groenenberg, M., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Cabeza, M., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2017). Consequences of a large-scale deforestation experiment for Central Amazonian bats: disentangling the relative importance of local and landscape-scale effects. Landscape Ecology, 32, 31-45.
Santos, J. D., Meyer, C. F. J., Ibáñez, C., Popa-Lisseanu, A. G. & Juste, J. (2016) Dispersal and group formation dynamics in a rare and endangered temperate forest bat (Nyctalus lasiopterus, Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Ecology and Evolution, 6, 8193-8204.
Farneda, F., Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Groenenberg, M., Silva, I., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2015) Trait-related responses to habitat fragmentation in Amazonian bats. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52, 1381-1391.
Meyer, C.F.J. (2015) Methodological challenges in monitoring bat population- and assemblage-level changes for anthropogenic impact assessment. Mammalian Biology, 80, 159-169.
Carvalho, J.S., Meyer, C.F.J., Vicente, L. & Marques, T.A. (2015) Where to nest? Ecological determinants of chimpanzee nest abundance and distribution at the habitat and tree species scale. American Journal of Primatology, 77, 186-199.
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., Jenkins, R.K.B., 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. (2015) Species undersampling in tropical bat surveys: effects on emerging biodiversity patterns. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84, 113-123.
López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Fernández-Arellano, G., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2014) Description of the echolocation calls of the Big Red Bat Lasiurus egregius (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and first record from the Central Brazilian Amazon. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment, 49, 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. (2014) First record of Micronycteris sanborni (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Central Amazonia, Brazil: range expansion and description of its echolocation. Mammalia, 78, 127-132.
Pina, S.M.S., Meyer, C.F.J. & Zortea, M. (2013) A comparison of habitat use by phyllostomid bats (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in natural forest fragments and Eucalyptus plantations in the Brazilian Cerrado. Chiroptera Neotropical, 19, 14-30.
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.
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.
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.
Weinbeer, M., Meyer, C.F.J. & Kalko, E.K.V. (2006) Activity pattern of the trawling phyllostomid bat, Macrophyllum macrophyllum, in Panama. Biotropica, 38, 69-76.
Meyer, C.F.J., Weinbeer, M. & Kalko, E.K.V. (2005) Home range size and spacing patterns of Macrophyllum macrophyllum (Phyllostomidae) foraging over water. Journal of Mammalogy, 86, 587-598.
Meyer, C.F.J. & Zotz, G. (2004) Do growth and survival of aerial roots limit the vertical distribution of hemiepiphytic aroids? Biotropica, 36, 483-491.
Meyer, C.F.J., Schwarz, C.J. & Fahr, J. (2004) Activity patterns and habitat preferences of insectivorous bats in a West African forest-savanna mosaic. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 20, 397-407.
Meyer, C.F.J., Gallo, T. & Schultz, S.T. (1999) Female dominance in captive red-ruffed lemurs, Varecia variegata rubra (Primates: Lemuridae). Folia Primatologica, 70, 358-361.
Meyer, C.F.J., Struebig, M. & Willig, M.R. (2016) Responses of tropical bats to habitat fragmentation, logging, and deforestation. In: Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of bats in a changing world (Voigt, C.C., Kingston, T., Eds.). pp. 63-103, Springer.
Laurance, W.F., Camargo, J.L.C., Fearnside, P.M., Lovejoy, T.E., Williamson, G.B., Mesquita, R.C.G., Meyer, C.F.J., Bobrowiec, P.E.D. & Laurance, S.G. (2016) An Amazonian forest and its fragments as a laboratory of global change. Interactions Between Biosphere, Atmosphere and Human Land Use in the Amazon Basin (ed. by L. Nagy, B. Forsberg and P. Artaxo). pp. 407-440. Springer.
López-Baucells, A., Rocha, R., Bobrowiec, P.E.D., Bernard, E., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2016) Field Guide to Amazonian Bats. 168 p., National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), Manaus, Brazil. ISBN: 978-85-211-0158-1. Available at www.tropicalconservation.net
Papers in Published Conference Proceedings
Estrada-Villegas, S., Meyer, C.F.J., McGill, B., Kalko, E.K.V. (2015) Assessing the structure of a Neotropical bat community using acoustic monitoring techniques. Proceedings of the 170th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Jacksonville, USA. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 138, 1905.
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.