Dr. Christoph Meyer

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Current positions

Lecturer in Global Ecology and Conservation

Biography

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.

Areas of research

Community Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Vertebrate Ecology with Focus on Bats, Tropical Ecology

Teaching

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 lev

Research Interests

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.

Key Projects:

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

Qualifications

  • 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

Memberships

  • 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
Grant Reviewer 
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
  • National Geographic Society
  • Bat Conservation International Student Scholarship Program
Journal Editorships
  • 2011-14 Editorial Board Member of the peer-reviewed, open access journal ISRN Ecology

Other Relevant links

For more information on my current research activities please click here