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ROBERT W. MEREDITH


Department of Biology and Molecular Biology

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ 07043

Phone: (973) 655-7800

E-mail: meredithr@mail.montclair.edu
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Vertebrate evolution, bristletail evolution, molecular and morphological systematics including the incorporation of extinct organisms, paleontology/paleobiology, biogeography, molecular dating, molecular evolution with particular interest in teeth, olfactory, and eye genes, pseudogene evolution, morphological evolution
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
Assistant Professor Department of Biology and Molecular Biology, Montclair, Montclair State University, NJ, Sept. 2012-present.
Postdoctoral Researcher Biology Department, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA Jan. 2011-July 2012.
Postdoctoral Researcher Biology Department, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA Jan. 2008-Dec. 2011.
Ph.D. (Biology) Biology Department, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA Dec. 2007.
M.S. (Paleontology) Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD, Aug. 2002.
Non-degree (Geology) Department of Geology, West Chester University, West Chester, PA Sept. 1998-May 1999.
B.S. (Biology) Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, May 1998.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Postdoctoral Research. University of California Riverside Biology Department. 2011-

2012. Mysticete (baleen whale) evolution.

Advisor: Dr. John Gatesy
Postdoctoral Research. University of California Riverside Biology Department. 2008-

2011. Assembling the Tree of Life (AToL)-Molecular systematics component for mammals

Advisor: Dr. Mark S. Springer
Dissertation Research. University of California Riverside Biology Department. 2002-

2008. Phylogeny and evolution of diprotodontian marsupials.

Advisor: Dr. Mark S. Springer
Masters Research. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Department of Geology and

Geological Engineering. 1999-2002. Osteology and functional morphology of Murnadon progenitoris, gen. et. sp. nov. a primitive diprotodontoid marsupial from the late Oligo-Miocene Etadunna Formation of South Australia.

Advisor: Dr. James E. Martin
Undergraduate Research. Villanova University Department of Biology. 1997-1998. Natural

growth lines in echinoid ossicles in the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus



droebachiensis.

Advisor: Dr. Michael P. Russell


HONORS AND AWARDS
Nominated for best teaching assistant in biology University of California Riverside. 2006.
Graduates Dean’s Fellowship Award, University of California Riverside. 2002-2004.
National Science Foundation Antarctica Service Medal. 2002.
William Griffith Scholarship, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. 2001-2002.
Academic Dean’s List, Department of Biology, Villanova University. 1997-1998.
POPULAR PRESS
Science Daily, Evolutionary tree of life for mammals greatly improved. Sept. 2011
NewScientist, Crocodiles swam the Atlantic to reach America. May 2011.
Science Daily, First genetic evidence for loss of teeth in the common ancestor of baleen whales.

Oct. 2010.


The New York Times, Blue whales with pearly whites, once upon a time. Oct. 2010.
Discover Magazine Blogs, Losing teeth, but keeping genes. Sept. 2009.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Faculty Instructor (Montclair State University). 2012-present.

Freshman Seminar in Biology

Genetics
Postdoctoral Instructor (co-taught; University of California Riverside). 2010.

Theory of Systematics
Teaching Assistant (University of California Riverside). 2004-2006.

Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates (laboratory, 3 times)

Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates (laboratory 1 hour lecture, 1 time)

Introduction to Evolution and Ecology (2 times)

Introduction to Organismal Biology (laboratory)
Teaching Assistant (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology). 2001.

Introduction to Geology (laboratory)
UNDERGRADUATE MENTORING
University of California Riverside Medical Scholars Program

Hiroko Akuzawa: Biogeography of phalangerids (Marsupialia: Diprotodontia). 2010.
Miguel Mendoza: Molecular evolution of the brain size controlling gene microcephalin

(MCPH1) in elephants and other afrotherian mammals. 2009.


Miguel Mendoza: A Phylogeny and timescale for pseudocheirid (Marsupialia: Diprotodontia)

evolution in Australia and New Guinea. 2008.


INVITED SYMPOSIA
Historical biogeography of mammals: A review of techniques. 2010. National Science

Foundation Austral Portals Workshop: Tectonics, Paleogeography and Biogeography.


Australia A return to Oz. 2000. Museum of Geology Powmen Fund Raiser, South Dakota School

of Mines and Technology.


INVITED TALKS
Montclair State University, NJ. December 2011.

University of California Riverside, CA May 2011.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

International Crocodilian Genomes Working Group

Avian Genome Group

PUBLICATIONS 28 (27 journal articles, 1 book chapter)
Accepted:

Springer, Mark S., Robert W. Meredith, John Gatesy, Christopher A. Emerling, Jong Park,

Daniel L. Rabosky, Tanja Stadler, Cynthia Steiner, Oliver A. Ryder, Jan E. Janečka,

Colleen A. Fisher, William J. Murphy. Accepted. Macroevolutionary dynamics and

historical biogeography of primate diversification inferred from a species supermatrix. PloS Biology.
Gatesy, John, Jonathan H. Geisler, Joseph Chang, Carl Buell, Annalisa Berta, Robert W.

Meredith, Mark S. Springer, and Michael R. McGowen. Accepted. A Phylogenetic blueprint for a modern whale. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
Published:

Murphy, William J., Janecka, Tanja Stadler, Eduardo Eizirik, Oliver A. Ryder, John Gatesy,



Robert W. Meredith, and Mark S. Springer. 2012. “Response to Comment on ‘Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on Mammal Diversification’.” Science 337: 34-34.
Westerman, Michael, Benjamin Kear, Ken Aplin, Robert W. Meredith, C. Emerling, and Mark

Springer. 2012. Phylogenetic relationships of living and recently extinct bandicoots based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62, 97-108.


Meredith, Robert W., Jan E. Janecka, John Gatesy, Oliver A. Ryder, Colleen A. Fisher, Emma

C. Teeling, Alisha Goodbla, Eduardo Eizirik, Taiz L. L. Simão, Tanja Stadler, Daniel L. Rabosky, Rodney L. Honeycutt, John J. Flynn, Colleen M. Ingram, Cynthia Steiner, Tiffani L. Williams, Terence J. Robinson, Angela Burk-Herrick, Michael Westerman, Nadia A. Ayoub, Mark S. Springer, William J. Murphy. 2011. Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on mammal diversification. Science. 334, 521-524.


**Featured in online media outlets (e.g. Science Daily)
Springer, Mark S., Robert W. Meredith, Jan E. Janecka, and William J. Murphy. 2011.

Historical biogeography of mammals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 366, 2478-2502.


Meredith, Robert W., Evon Hekkala, George Amato, John Gatesy. 2011 A phylogenetic

hypothesis for crocodiles (Crocodylia) based on mitochondrial  DNA: evidence for a trans-Atlantic voyage from Africa to the New World. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 60, 183-191.


**Featured in online media (e.g. Sciences et Avenir, Quirks & Quarks CBC

Radio, NewScientist)


Meredith, Robert W., Marcelo N. Pires, David N. Reznick, and Mark Springer. 2011.

Molecular phylogenetic relationships and the coevolution of placentotrophy and superfetation in Poecilia (Poeciliidae: Cyprinodontiformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59, 148-157.


Meredith, Robert W., John Gatesy, Joyce Cheng, and Mark Springer. 2011. Pseudogenization

of the tooth gene enamelysin (MMP20) in the common ancestor of extant baleen whales. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 278, 993-1002.


**Featured in online media outlets (e.g. New York Times, Science Daily)
Meredith, Robert W., Miguel Mendoza, Karen K. Roberts, Michael Westerman, and Mark

Springer 2010. A phylogeny and timescale for pseudocheirid (Marsupialia: Diprotodontia) evolution in Australia and New Guinea. Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 17, 75-99.


Meredith, Robert W., Marcelo N. Pires, David N. Reznick, and Mark Springer. 2010.

Molecular Phylogenetic Relationships and the Evolution of the Placenta in Poecilia (Micropoecilia) (Poeciliidae: Cyprinodontiformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 55, 631-639.


Westerman, Michael, Robert W. Meredith, and Mark Springer. 2010. Cytogenetics meets

phylogenetics: A review of karyotypic evolution in diprotodontian marsupials. Journal of Heredity. 101, 690-702.


Meredith, Robert W., Carey Krajewski, Michael Westerman, and Mark Springer. 2009.

Relationships and divergence times among the orders and families of marsupials. pp. 383-406 In: Papers on Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology, and Biostratigraphy in Honor of Michael O. Woodburne (L. B. Albright III ed.) Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 65, Flagstaff.


Case, Judd A., Robert W. Meredith, and Jeff Person. 2009. A pre-Neogene phalangerid possum

from South Australia. pp. 659-676 In: Papers on Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology, and Biostratigraphy in Honor of Michael O. Woodburne (L. B. Albright III ed.) Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 65, Flagstaff.


Meredith, Robert W., John Gatesy, William J. Murphy, Oliver A. Ryder, Mark Springer. 2009.

Molecular decay of the tooth gene enamelin (ENAM) mirrors the loss of enamel in the fossil record of placental mammals. 2009. PLoS Genetics 5(9): e1000634. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000634.


**Featured in online media (e.g. Discover Magazine Blogs, Science Daily) and

newspapers (e.g. The Press Enterprise)


Meredith, Robert W., Michael Westerman, and Mark Springer. 2009. A phylogeny of

Diprotodontia (Marsupialia) based on sequences for five nuclear genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 51, 554-571.


Springer, Mark S., Carey Krajewski, and Robert W. Meredith. 2009. Marsupials (Metatheria).

pp. 466-470 In: The Timetree of Life (B. Hedges and S. Kumar eds.). Oxford University Press.


Meredith, Robert W., Michael Westerman, Mark Springer. 2008. A phylogeny and timescale

for living genera of kangaroos and kin (Macropodiformes: Marsupialia) based on nuclear DNA sequences. Australian Journal of Zoology 56: 395-410.


Springer, Mark S., Robert W. Meredith, Eduardo Eizirik, Emma Teeling, and William J.

Murphy. 2008. Morphology and placental mammal phylogeny. Systematic Biology 57: 499-503.


Meredith, Robert W., Michael Westerman, Judd A. Case, and Mark S. Springer. 2008. A

phylogeny and timescale for marsupial evolution based on sequences for five nuclear genes. Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 15:1-36.


Meredith, Robert W., Michael Westerman, Mark Springer. 2008. A timescale and phylogeny

for “bandicoots” (Peramelina: Marsupialia) based on sequences for five nuclear genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 47:1-20.


Reznick, David, Robert W. Meredith, Bruce C. Collette. 2007. Independent evolution of

complex life history adaptations in two families of fishes, live-bearing halfbeaks (Zanarchopteridae, Beloniformes) and Poeciliidae (Cyprinodontiformes). Evolution 61:2570-2583.


Meredith, Robert W., Paul N. Wegleitner, James E. Martin. 2007. The largest mosasaur

(Squamata; Reptilia) from the Missouri River area (Late Cretaceous; Pierre Shale) of South Dakota. Special Publications of the Geological Society of America 427:209-214.


Springer, Mark S., Angela Burk, Robert W. Meredith, Eduardo Eizirik, Emma Teeling,

Stephen O’Brien, and William J. Murphy. 2007. The adequacy of morphology for reconstructing the early phylogenetic history of placental mammals. Systematic Biology 56:673-684.


O'Neill, Michael J., Betty R. Lawton, Mariana Mateos, Dawn M. Carone, Gianni C. Ferreri,

Tomas Hrbek, Robert W. Meredith, David N. Reznick, and Rachel J. O'Neill 2007. From the Cover: Ancient and continuing Darwinian selection on insulin-like growth factor II in placental fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:12404-12409.


Raterman, Denise, Robert W. Meredith, Luis A. Ruedas, and Mark S. Springer. 2006.

Phylogenetic relationships of the cuscuses and brushtail possums using the nuclear gene BRCA1 (Marsupialia: Phalangeridae). Australian Journal of Zoology. 54:353-361.


Martin, James E., Mark N. Hutchinson, Robert W. Meredith, Judd A. Case, and Neville S.

Pledge. 2004. The oldest known Scincidae (Squamata) from the Tertiary Etadunna Formation of Australia. Journal of Herpetology. 38:180-187.


Russell, Michael P. and Robert W. Meredith. 2000. Natural growth lines in echinoid ossicles

are not reliable indicators of age: a test using Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis. Invertebrate Biology 119:410-420.


ABSTRACTS AND MEETING PRESENTATIONS
Meredith, Robert W., John Gatesy, Mark S. Springer. 2011. Independent pseudogenization of

short-wave-sensitive (SWS1) in baleen (Mysticeti) and toothed (Odontoceti) whales. Sixth Triennial Conference on Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water.


Meredith, Robert W. and Mark S. Springer. 2010. Historical biogeography of mammals: A

review of techniques. Austral Portals Workshop: Tectonics, Paleogeography and Biogeography.


Meredith, Robert W., Michael Westerman, Judd A. Case, and Mark S. Springer. 2006. A

phylogeny and timescale for marsupial evolution based on sequences for five nuclear

genes. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting 2006.
Meredith, Robert W. 2005. New frog material from the Oligo-Miocene Etadunna Formation of

South Australia. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting October 2005.


Meredith, Robert W., Paul N. Wegleitner, James E. Martin. 2004. The largest mosasaur

(Squamata; Reptilia) from the Missouri River area (Late Cretaceous; Pierre Shale) of South Dakota. Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Joint Meeting 2004.


Meredith, Robert W. 2004. New chelid turtle material from South Australia. Society of

Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting October 2004.


Meredith, Robert W. A new genus and species of primitive diprotodontoid from the late Oligo-

Miocene Etadunna Formation of South Australia. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Annual Meeting October 2003.
Meredith, Robert W. 2002. A madtsoiid snake from the Etadunna Formation and possible

implications for biogeography. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting 2002.


Meredith, Robert W. and Jennifer Cavin. 2002. A new meandering stream complex from the

Big Badlands of South Dakota. South Dakota Academy of Sciences 2002.


James E. Martin and Robert W. Meredith (co-presenter). 2000. Australia A return to Oz.

Museum of Geology Powmen Fund Raiser.


Meredith, Robert W. 1998. Calibrating natural growth lines, in the green sea urchin

Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (Oral presentation at the 26th Annual Benthic

Ecology Meeting in Florida, March 1998)




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