Professor of Biology
Biodiversity-Botany (BI100), Biodiversity-Zoology (BI101), Vertebrate Biology (BI200), Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles (BI307), Herpetology (WT)
My research interests include the evolutionary history, ecology, and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles, especially turtles. Current research includes two sea turtle projects: an investigation of the ecology and migrations of sea turtles of Bocas del Toro Province, Panama (funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Bermuda Turtle Project which is a cooperative project with the Bermuda Aquarium and the Caribbean Conservation Corporation. Closer to home, I work with Eckerd Students and especially the Eckerd Herpetology Club on studies of freshwater turtles of the Rainbow River, a spring near Dunnellon, Florida. Current paleontology and phylogeny of reptiles studies include a revision of three extinct side-necked turtle families with colleagues from the AmericanMuseum of Natural History in New York, a phylogenetic study of African side-necks with an Eckerd student, and studies of an extinct pig-nosed turtle and an extinct New World pond turtle. I am also editor of a book on the biology and conservation of Florida turtles which is scheduled to be published during 2006.
I like to spend as much time as possible in the field, preferably in native Florida ecosystems. I spend a lot of time working on my old (1925) house and cooking.
Selected Publications/Posters/Other Works
Meylan, A., Meylan, P., and Ordonez Espinosa, C. 2013. Sea Turtles of Bocas del Toro and the Comarca Ngoobe-Bugle, Republic of Panama. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12:17-33.
Wood, L., Hardy, R., Meylan, P., and Meylan, A. 2013. Characterization of hawksbill turtle (eretmochelys imbricata) foraging aggregation in a high-latitude reef community in southeastern Florida, USA.
NEAR, T.J., P. A. MEYLAN AND H. B. SHAFFER. 2005. Assessing concordance of fossil calibration points in molecular clock studies: an example using turtles. American Naturalist. 165:137-146.
RUNYAN, A. L.*, AND P.A. MEYLAN. 2005. PIT tag retention in Trachemys andPseudemys. Herpeological Review 36:45-47.
HUESTIS, D.L.* AND P.A. MEYLAN. 2004. The turtles of Rainbow Run: Observations on the genus Pseudemys. Southeastern Naturalist. 3:595-612.
GEIS, A., T.*, WIBBELS, B. PHILLIPS, Z. HILLIS-STAR, A. MEYLAN, P. MEYLAN, C. DIEZ AND R. VAN DAM. 2003. Predicted sex ratio of juvenile hawksbill seaturtles inhabiting Buck Island Reef National Monument, U.S.Virgin Islands. Journal of Herpetology 37:400-404.
T. N. ENGSTROM*, P. A. MEYLAN, and A. B. MEYLAN 2002.. Origin of juvenile loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) in a tropical developmental habitat in Caribbean Panama. Animal Conservation. 5:125-133.
MEYLAN, P.A., R.D. SCHULER* and P. MOLER. 2002. Spermatogenic cycle of the Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox. Copeia 2002:779-786.
GAFFNEY, E.S., H. TONG and P.A. MEYLAN. 2002. Galianemys, a new side-necked turtle (Pelomedusoides: Bothremydidae) from the Later Cretaceous of Morocco. AmericanMuseum Novitates 3379:1 – 20.
PARMALEE, P.W., W.E. KLIPPEL, P.A. MEYLAN and J.A. HOLMAN. 2002. A late Miocene – early Pliocene population of Trachemys (Testudines: Emydidae) from east Tennessee. Annals of the CarnegieMuseum 71:233 239.
* Eckerd graduates who did part or all of this work while students at Eckerd.