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Erin Meyer
Visiting Scholar (California Ocean Science Trust)

Erin Meyer


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Her research: "My research focuses on the conservation and management of Cittarium pica, a large intertidal gastropod that is endemic to the Neotropical Western Atlantic. I use phylogeography, GIS mapping and modeling, and ecology as tools to define fishery stocks, determine the level of and motivation for fishing across its range, and to investigate its natural history."

Her path to science: "I have been fascinated with the ocean since I was a child, and after I became a certified diver at age 12, I was determined to become a marine biologist. While an undergraduate at Rutgers University, I took many courses and did several internships, all of which led me to my passion for marine invertebrates and conservation. I now combine all of these interests into what I do: Marine Invertebrate Conservation."

Her favorite thing about her research: "Not only do I get to travel to the Neotropical Western Atlantic to conduct my research, but I know that the results of my research will help protect an ecologically and socially important species and to provide a framework for future intertidal invertebrate conservation."


Meyer, E. 2010. Population structure of a snail caught in a matrix of cultural history, economics, and political geography. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Meyer, E., B. Nilkerd, E.A. Glover, and J.D. Taylor. 2008. Ecological importance of chemoautotrophic lucinid bivalves in a peri-mangrove community in Eastern Thailand. Raffles Bulletin S18: 41-55.  Read it

Meyer, E.L. 2008. Population genetics and ecology as tools for the conservation of Cittarium pica. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Meyer, E., and K. Coates. 2005. An exploration of gamete maturity, growth and movement studies of Cittarium pica (West Indian Topshell) in Bermuda. The Tentacle 13: 20-21.  Read it

Coates, K., C. Jantzen-Marson, J. Madeiros, and E. Meyer. 2003. West Indian topshell, Cittarium pica, reintroduction project in Bermuda: Current status. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.