Faculty Projects and Publications

Carl G. Meyer

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Research Interests

  1. Ecology and management of marine top predators: Movement patterns and habitat use of top predators; Influence of physical oceanography on top predator movements; Trophic ecology of top predators; Ecological impact of shark ecotourism. 
  2. Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas: Movement patterns and habitat use of reef fishes in MPAs, Role of habitat geography in MPA boundary porosity, Impacts of human recreational activities in MPAs.
  3. Navigational abilities of sharks: Magnetic sense; Cognitive maps.

Professional Affiliations and Societies



Papastamatiou YP, Cartamil DP, Lowe CG, Meyer CG, Wetherbee, BM, Holland KN. 2011. Scales of orientation, directed walks, and movement path structure in sharks. Journal of Animal Ecology. In Press.

Dale JJ, Stankus AM, Burns MS, Meyer CG. 2011. The Shark Assemblage at French Frigate Shoals Atoll, Hawai'i: Species Composition, Abundance and Habitat Use. PLoS ONE. In Press.

Nakamura I, Watanabe YY, Papastamatiou YP, Sato K, Meyer CG. 2011. Vertical movements of free-ranging tiger sharks Galeocerdo cuvier: locomotory cost saving or foraging?. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In Press.

Lammers MO, Fisher-Pool PI, Au WWL, Meyer CG, Wong KB, Brainard RE. 2011. Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) wintering activity in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands observed acoustically. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In Press.

Dale JJ, Meyer CG, Clark CE. 2011. The ecology of coral reef top predators in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Journal of Marine Biology. In Press.

Papastamatiou YP, Itano DG, Dale JJ, Meyer CG, Holland KN. 2010. Site fidelity and movements of sharks associated with ocean-farming cages in Hawaii. Marine and Freshwater Research. In Press.

Meyer CG, Clark CE, Dale JJ. 2010. Unusual surface schooling behavior by bullethead parrotfish (Chlorurus sordidus). Coral Reefs. 29:881. DOI:10.1007/s00338-010-0657-7.

Meyer CG, Papastamatiou YP, Holland KN. 2010. A multiple instrument approach to quantifying the movement patterns and habitat use of Tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier) and Galapagos sharks (Carcharhinus galapagensis) at French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii. Marine Biology. 157:1857–1868. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-010-1457-x.

Meyer CG, Papastamatiou YP, Clark TB. 2010. Differential movement patterns and site fidelity among trophic groups of reef fishes in a Hawaiian Marine Protected Area. Marine Biology. DOI 10.1007/s00227-010-1424-6.

Holland KN, Meyer CG, Dagorn LC. 2009. Inter-animal Telemetry; Results from First Deployment of Acoustic “Business Card” Tags. Endangered Species Research. doi: 10.3354/esr00226.

Meyer CG, Dale JJ, Papastamatiou YP, Whitney NM, Holland KN. 2009. Seasonal cycles and long-term trends in abundance and species composition of sharks associated with cage diving ecotourism activities in Hawaii. Environmental Conservation. 36: 104–111.

Rahman MM, Meyer CG. 2009. Effects of food type on diel behaviours of common carp Cyprinus carpio L. in simulated aquaculture pond conditions. Journal of Fish Biology. 74: 2269–2278.

Meyer CG, Clark TB, Papastamatiou YP, Whitney NM, Holland KN. 2009. Long-term movements of tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in Hawaii. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 381: 223–235.

Meyer CG, Holland KN. 2009. Spatial dynamics and substrate impacts of recreational snorkelers and SCUBA divers in Hawaiian Marine Protected Areas. Journal of Coastal Conservation. 12:209-217.

Rahman MM, Hossain Y, Jo Q, Kim S, Ohtomi J, Meyer CG. 2009. Ontogenetic shift in dietary preference and low dietary overlap in rohu (Labeo rohita Hamilton) and common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) in semi-intensive polyculture ponds. Ichthyological Research. 56:28–36.

Meyer CG, Burgess WC, Papastamatiou YP, Holland KN. 2008. Use of an implanted sound recording device (Bioacoustic Probe) to document the acoustic environment of a blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus). Aquatic Living Resources. 20:291–298.

Papastamatiou YP, Meyer CG, Holland KN. 2008. A new acoustic pH transmitter for studying the feeding habits of free-ranging sharks. Aquatic Living Resources. 20:287–290.

Clark TB, Papastamatiou YP, Meyer CG. 2008. Intestinal eversion in a free-ranging manta ray (Manta birostris). Coral Reefs. 27:61.

Meyer CG, Papastamatiou YP, Holland KN. 2007. Seasonal, diel and tidal movements of green jobfish (Aprion virescens, Lutjanidae) at remote Hawaiian atolls: Implications for Marine Protected Area design. Marine Biology. 151: 2133-2143.

Meyer CG, Holland KN, Papastamatiou YP. 2007. Seasonal and diel movements of giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) at remote Hawaiian atolls: implications for the design of Marine Protected Areas. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 333: 13-25.

Meyer CG.  2007.  The impacts of spear and other recreational fishers on a small permanent Marine Protected Area and adjacent pulse fished area.  Fisheries Research. 84: 301-307..

Papastamatiou YP, Meyer CG, Maragos JE. 2007.  Sharks as cleaners for reef fish.  Coral Reefs. 26 (2): 277.

Lowe CG, Wetherbee BM, Meyer CG.  2006.  Using acoustic telemetry monitoring techniques to quantify movement patterns and site fidelity of sharks and giant trevally around French Frigate Shoals and Midway Atoll.  Atoll Research Bulletin. 543: 281-303..

Meyer CG, Holland KN. 2005.  Movement patterns, home range size and habitat utilization of the bluespine unicornfish, Naso unicornis (Acanthuridae) in a Hawaiian marine reserve. Environmental Biology of Fishes 73:201–210..

Meyer CG, Honebrink R. 2005.  Retention of surgically implanted transmitters by bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus).  Implications for long-term movement studies. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134: 602-606..

Meyer CG, Holland KN, Papastamatiou YP. 2005.  Sharks can detect changes in the geomagnetic field. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 2: 129–130.

Wetherbee BM, Holland KN, Meyer CG, Lowe CG. 2004.  Use of a marine reserve in Hawaii by the giant trevally, Caranx ignobilis.  Fisheries Research 67:253-263.

Meyer CG, Holland KN.  2001. A kayak method for tracking fish in very shallow water. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.  In: J.R. Sibert and J. Nielsen (Eds.), Electronic Tagging and Tracking in Marine Fisheries (pp. 289-296).  Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.

Holland K, Bush A, Meyer C, Kajiura S, Wetherbee B, Lowe C.  2001.  Five tags applied to a single species in a single location: The tiger shark experience. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. In: JR Sibert and J Nielsen (Eds.), Electronic Tagging and Tracking in Marine Fisheries (pp. 237-248).  Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.

Meyer CG, Holland KN, Wetherbee BM, Lowe CG.  2001.  Diet, resource partitioning and gear vulnerability of Hawaiian jacks captured in fishing tournaments.  Fisheries Research 53:105-113.

Meyer CG, Holland KN, Wetherbee BM, Lowe CG.  2000.  Movement patterns, habitat utilization, home range size and site fidelity of whitesaddle goatfish (Parupeneus porphyreus) in a marine reserve. Environmental Biology of Fishes 59: 235-242.

Holland KN, Wetherbee BM, Lowe CG, Meyer CG. 1999.  Movements of tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in coastal Hawaiian waters.  Marine Biology 134: 665-675.



Meyer CG.  2001.  A day in the life of a marine biologist. pp 18-19 In: Ocean Watch.  Dorling Kindersly Publishing Inc., New York, NY.

Holland KN, Lowe CG, Wetherbee BM, Bush AC, Meyer CG. 1998. Sharks and people. pp. 124-153 In: Sharks. Reader's Digest Association, Pleasantville, NY.



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