Jean-Yves MEYER

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Jean-Yves Hiro

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Fields and areas of expertise

Island biology & biogeography; botany & plant ecology; conservation biology & restoration ecology; biological invasions; tropical forests & wetland ecosystems; native & alien flora and fauna of French Polynesia (Austral, Marquesas, Society, Tuamotu), Clipperton atoll, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Cook Islands (Southeastern Polynesia) and Wallis & Futuna (Western Polynesia); study and management of invasive alien plants in the Pacific Ocean (including Hawaii, New Caledonia) and the Western Indian Ocean (La Réunion, Mauritius, Mayotte).

Professional preparation

Qualified as Lecturer (“Maître de Conférence”) in Ecology and Population Biology, France, 2009.

University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, Botany, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, 1996-1997.

University of Montpellier, France, Population Biology and Ecology, Ph.D., 1994.

University of Montpellier, France, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, M.S., 1991.

University of Nancy, France, Organism and Population Biology, B.S., 1990.


Head of the Research Department/Délégation à la Recherche (“Délégué à la Recherche”), Government of French Polynesia, Tahiti, Sept. 2014-on going.

Senior Research Scientist (“Chargé de Recherche 1ère classe”), Délégation à la Recherche, Government of French Polynesia, Tahiti, 2008-2014.

Research Scientist (“Chargé de Recherche 2ème classe”), Délégation à la Recherche, Government of French Polynesia, affiliated at the Institut Louis Malardé (Biomedical Research Institute), Tahiti, Feb. 2002-2007.

Scientific Director, Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin, La Réunion Island, France, 2001-2002.

Research Management Officer, Délégation à la Recherche, Government of French Polynesia, affiliated at the Université de la Polynésie française (University of French Polynesia), Tahiti, 1998-2001.

Research Assistant (“Volontaire à l’Aide Technique”), Délégation à l’Environnement et à la Recherche, Government of French Polynesia, affiliated at the Centre ORSTOM (IRD), Tahiti, Dec. 1994-1996.

Selected publications

Scientific papers in refeered journals with Impact Factor

Sultan, A., Roberston, A.W., Callmander, M.W., Phillipson, P.B., Meyer, J.-Y. & Tate J.A. in revision. Widespread morphological parallelism in Korthalsella (Santalaceae, tribe Visceae): a molecular phylogenetic perspective. Taxon.

Prebble M., Anderson, A., Augustinus, P., Emmitt, J., Fallon, S., Furey, L., Holdaway, S.J., Jorgenson, A., Ladefoged, T.N., Matthews, P.J., Meyer, J.-Y., Phillipps, R., Wallace, R. & Porch, N. in press (2019). Early tropical crop production in marginal subtropical and temperate Polynesia. PNAS.

Meyer, J.-Y., Laitame, T. & Gaertner, J.-C. in press (2019). Short-term recovery of native vegetation and threatened species after restoration of a remnant forest in a small oceanic island of the South Pacific. Plant Ecology and Diversity.

Libeau, M., Meyer, J.-Y., Taputuarai, R. & Pouteau, R. 2019. Predicting the invasion risk of Miconia calvescens in the Marquesas Islands (South Pacific): a modeling approach. Pacific Science 73(1): 17-35.

Davison, J. Moora, M., Öpik, M., Ainsaar, L., Ducousso, M., Hiiesalu, I., Jairus, T., Johnson, N., Jourand, P. Kalamees, R., Koorem, K., Meyer, J.-Y., Püssa, K. Reier, Ü., Pärtel, M., Semchenko, M., Traveset, A., Vasar, M. & Zobel, M. 2018. Microbial island biogeography: isolation shapes the life history characteristics but not diversity of root-symbiotic fungal communities. The ISME Journal 12: 2211-2224.

Pillon, Y., Stacy, E. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2018. Phylogenetics and systematics of the South Polynesian genera Apetahia and Sclerotheca (Campanulaceae subfam. Lobelioideae). Botany Letters 165(2): 186-192.

Pouteau, R., Giambelluca, T.W., Ah-Peng, C. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2018. Will climate change shift the lower ecotone of tropical montane cloud forests upwards on islands? Journal of Biogeography 45(6): 1326-1333.

Russell, J., Meyer, J.-Y., Holmes, N. & Pagad, S. 2017. Invasive alien species on islands: impacts, distribution, interactions and management. Environmental Conservation 44(4): 359-370.

Lorence, D.H., Florence, J. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2017. Reassessment of the Psychotria speciosa G. Forst. (Rubiaceae) complex in Tahiti, Society Islands, with a new combination and description of a new species, Psychotria paulae J.-Y. Meyer, Lorence & J. Florence, sp. nov. Adansonia 39(1): 41-53.

Nitta, J.H., Meyer, J.-Y., Taputuarai, R. & Davis, C. C. 2017. Life cycle matters: DNA barcoding reveals constrasting community structure between fern sporophytes and gametophytes. Ecological Monographs 87(2): 278-293.

Prebble, M., Whitau, R., Meyer, J.-Y., Sibley-Punnett, L., Fallon, S. & Porch, N. 2016. Abrupt late Pleistocene climate and ecological change in the island on Tahiti (French Polynesia). Journal of Biogeography 43(12): 2438-2453.

Pouteau, R., Meyer, J.-Y., Blanchard, P., Nitta, J.H., Terorotua, M. & Taputuarai, R. 2016. Fern species richness and abundance as indicators of climate change on high-elevation islands: evidence from an elevational gradient on Tahiti (French Polynesia). Climatic Change 138(1): 143-156.

Larrue, S., Daehler, C., Meyer, J.-Y., Pouteau, R. & Voldoire, O. 2016. Elevational distribution and photosynthetic characteristics of the invasive tree Spathodea campanulata on the island of Tahiti (South Pacific Ocean). NeoBiota 30: 127-149.

González Muňoz, N., Bellard, C., Leclerc, C., Meyer, J.-Y. & Courchamp, F. 2015. Assessing current and future risks of invasion by the « green cancer » Miconia calvescens. Biological Invasions 17(11): 3337-3350.

Cibois, A., Thibault, J.-C., Meyer, J.-Y. & Pasquet, E. 2015. On the origin of sympatric fruit doves in a small and remote Pacific archipelago. Pacific Science 69(3): 299-312.

Justine, J.-L., Winsor, L., Barrière, P., Fanai, C., Gey, D., Wee Kien Han, A., La Quay-Velázquez, G., Yi-Hann Lee, B.P., Lefevre, J.-M., Meyer J.-Y., Philippart, D., Robinson, D.G., Thévenot, J. & Tsatsi, F. 2015. The invasive land planarian Platydemus manokwari (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae): record from six new localities, including the first in the USA. PeerJ 3:e1037

Pouteau, R., Meyer, J.-Y. & Larrue, S. 2015. Using range filling rather than prevalence of invasive plant species for management prioritisation: the case of Spathodea campanulata in the Society Islands (South Pacific). Ecological Indicators 54: 87-95.

Soubeyran, Y., Meyer, J.-Y., Lebouvier, M., De Thoisy, B., Lavergne, C., Urtizberea, F. & Kirchner, F. 2015. Dealing with invasive alien species in the French overseas territories: results and benefits of a seven-year initiative. Biological Invasions 17(2): 545-554.

Meyer, J.-Y., Pouteau, R., Taputuarai, R., Fourdrigniez, M. & Spotswood, E. 2015. The importance of novel and hybrid habitats for plant conservation in islands: a case study on Moorea (South Pacific) Biodiversity and Conservation 24(1): 83-101.

Gillespie, T.W., O’Neill, K., Keppel, G., Pau, S., Meyer, J.-Y., Price, J.P. & Jaffré, T. 2014. Prioritizing conservation of tropical dry forests in the Pacific. Oryx 48(3): 337-344.

Chevillotte, H., Meyer, J.-Y., Mellado-Forichon, T., Florence, J., Emmanuelli, E., Habert, E., Galzin, R. & Ferraris, J. 2014. Evaluation et suivi de la biodiversité dans l’île de Moorea, Polynésie française : approche méthodologique appliquée aux écosystèmes terrestres et marins. Revue d’Ecologie (Terre et Vie) 69(3-4): 267-284.

Spotswood, E., Meyer, J.-Y. & Bartolome, J. 2013. Preference for an invasive fruit trumps fruit abundance in selection by an introduced bird in the Society Islands, French Polynesia. Biological Invasions 15(10): 2147-2156

Meyer, J.-Y., Fourdrigniez, M. & Taputuarai, R. 2012. Restoring habitat for native and endemic plants through the introduction of a fungal pathogen to control the alien invasive tree Miconia calvescens in the island of Tahiti. BioControl 57(2): 191-198.

Spotswood, E., Meyer, J.-Y. & Bartolome, J. 2012. An invasive tree alters the structure of seed dispersal networks between birds and plants on islands. Journal of Biogeography 39(11): 2007-2020.

Delnatte, C. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2012. Plant introduction, naturalization, and invasion in French Guiana (South America). Biological Invasions 14(5): 915-927.

Hardesty, B.D., Le Roux, J.J., Rocha, O.J., Meyer, J.-Y., Westcott, D. & Wieczorek, A.M. 2012. Getting there from here: testing the paradigm of invasion success. Diversity & Distributions 18(2): 147-157.

Jacq, F.A. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2012. Taux de mortalité et causes de disparition de Apetahia raiateensis (Campanulaceae), une plante endémique de l’île de Raiatea (Polynésie française). Revue d’Ecologie (Terre et Vie), Supplément 11: 57-72.

Pouteau, R., Meyer, J.-Y., Taputuarai, R. & Stoll, B. 2012. Support vector machine to map rare and endangered native and endemic plants in Pacific island forests. Ecological Informatics 9: 37-46.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Fourdrigniez, M. 2011. Conservation benefits of biological control: the recovery of a threatened endemic plant subsequent to the introduction of a pathogen agent to control a dominant invasive tree on the island of Tahiti (South Pacific). Biological Conservation 144(1): 106-113

Pouteau, R., Meyer, J .-Y. & Stoll, B. 2011. A SVM-based model for predicting distribution of the invasive tree Miconia calvescens in tropical rainforests. Ecological Modelling 222: 2631-2641.

Gillespie, T.W., Keppel, G., Pau, S., Price, J.P., Jaffré, T., Meyer, J.-Y. & O’Neill, K. 2011. Floristic composition and natural history characteristics of dry forests in the Pacific. Pacific Science 65(2): 127-141.

Kueffer, C., Daehler, C.C., Torres-Santana, C.W., Lavergne, C., Meyer, J.-Y., Otto, R. & Silva, L. 2010. A global comparison of invasive plant species on oceanic islands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 12(2): 141-165.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Butaud, J.-F. 2009. The impacts of rats on the endangered native flora of French Polynesia (Pacific Islands): drivers of plant extinction or coup de grâce species? Biological Invasions 11(7): 1569-1585.

Lee, T., Meyer, J.-Y., Burch, J.B., Pearce-Kelly, P. & Ơ Foighil, D. 2008. Not completely lost: two partulid tree snail species persist on the highest peak of Raiatea, French Polynesia. Oryx 42(4): 615-619.

Le Roux, J.J., Wieczorek, A.M. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2008. Genetic diversity and structure of the invasive tree Miconia calvescens in Pacific islands. Diversity and Distributions 14(6): 935-948.

Meyer, J.-Y., Duplouy A. & Taputuarai, R. 2007. Dynamique des populations de l’arbre endémique Myrsine longifolia (Myrsinacées) dans les forêts de Tahiti (Polynésie française) envahies par Miconia calvescens (Mélastomatacées) après introduction d’un champignon pathogène de lutte biologique : premières investigations. Revue d’Ecologie (Terre Vie) 62(1): 17-33.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Lavergne, C. 2004. Beautés fatales: Acanthaceae species as invasive alien plants on tropical Indo-Pacific Islands. Diversity & Distributions 10(5-6): 333-347.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2004. Threat of invasive alien plants to native flora and forest vegetation of Eastern Polynesia. Pacific Science 58(3): 357-375.

Meyer, J.-Y., Florence, J. & Tchung, V. 2003. Les Psychotria spp. (Rubiacées) endémiques de Tahiti (Polynésie française) menacés par l’invasion de Miconia calvescens (Melastomatacées): statut, répartition, écologie, phénologie et protection. Revue d'Ecologie (Terre Vie) 58(2): 161-185.

Thibault, J.-C., Martin, J.-L., Penloup A. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2002. Understanding the decline and extinction of monarchs (Aves) in Polynesian islands. Biological Conservation 108(2): 161-174.

Thibault, J.-C. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2001. Contemporary extinction and population declines of the monarchs (Pomarea spp.) in French Polynesia, South Pacific Ocean. Oryx 35(1): 73-80.

Coote, T., Loeve, E., Meyer, J.-Y. & Clarke, D. 1999. Extant populations of endemic partulids on Tahiti, French Polynesia. Oryx 33(3): 215-222.

Meyer, J.-Y. 1998. Observations on the reproductive biology of Miconia calvescens DC (Melastomataceae), an alien invasive tree on the island of Tahiti (South Pacific Ocean). Biotropica 30(4): 609-624.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Florence, J. 1996. Tahiti's native flora endangered by the invasion of Miconia calvescens DC. (Melastomataceae). Journal of Biogeography 23(6): 775-783.

Meyer, J.-Y. 1996. Status of Miconia calvescens (Melastomataceae), a dominant invasive tree in the Society Islands (French Polynesia). Pacific Science 50(1): 66-76.


Scientific books and book chapters

Meyer, J.-Y. & Fourdrigniez, M. 2019. Islander perceptions of invasive alien species: the role of socio-economy and culture in small isolated islands of French Polynesia (South Pacific). Pp. 510-516 in Veitch, C.R., Clout, M.N., Martin, A.R., Russell, J.C. & West, C.J. (eds.) Island Invasives: Scaling up to Meet the Challenge. Proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives 2017. IUCN, Gland, 734 p.

Van Driesche, R.G., Pratt, P.D., Center, T.D. et al. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2016. Chapter 10. Cases of biological control restoring natural systems. Pp 208-246 in Van Driesche, R.G., Simberloff, D., Blossey, B. et al. (eds.) Integrating Biological Control into Conservation Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, 434 p.

Galzin, R., Duron, S.-D. & Meyer, J.-Y. (eds.) 2016. Biodiversité terrestre et marine des îles Marquises, Polynésie française. Société Française d’Ichtyologie, Paris, 526 p.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2016. Conservation et gestion des milieux naturels terrestres aux îles Marquises : enjeux, contraintes et opportunités. Pp. 497-523 in Galzin, R., Duron, S.-D. & Meyer, J.-Y. (eds.) Biodiversité terrestre et marine des îles Marquises, Polynésie française. Société française d’Ichtyologie, Paris.

Lorence, D., Wood, K., Perlman, S. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2016. Flore vasculaire et végétation des îles Marquises : caractéristiques, originalités et vulnérabilité. Pp. 311-336 in Galzin, R., Duron, S.-D. & Meyer, J.-Y. (eds.) Biodiversité terrestre et marine des îles Marquises, Polynésie française. Société française d’Ichtyologie, Paris.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Claridge, E.M. (eds.) 2014. Terrestrial Biodiversity of the Austral Islands, French Polynesia. Service des publications scientifiques du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. Collection Patrimoines Naturels 72, Paris, 144 p.

Meyer, J.-Y., Chevillotte, H. & Motley, T. J. 2014. Vascular flora: general traits and main threats. Pp.117-131 in Meyer, J.-Y. & Claridge, E.M. (eds.) Terrestrial Biodiversity of the Austral Islands, French Polynesia. Service des Publications scientifiques du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Collection Patrimoines Naturels 72, Paris.

Motley, T.J., Luongo, A. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2014. Vegetation types and map of Rapa. Pp. 133-147 in Meyer, J.-Y. & Claridge, E.M. (eds.) Terrestrial Biodiversity of the Austral Islands, French Polynesia. Service des publications scientifiques du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Collection Patrimoines Naturels 72, Paris.

Loope, L.L., Hughes, F. & Meyer J.-Y. 2013. Plant invasions in protected areas of tropical Pacific Islands, with special reference to Hawaii. Pp. 313-348 in Foxcroft, L.C., Richardson, D.M., Pyšek, P. & Genovesi, P. (eds.) Plant Invasions in Protected Areas: Patterns, Problems and Challenges. Springer Series in Invasion Ecology Volume 7, Springer, Dordrecht, 656 p.

Pouteau, R., Meyer, J.-Y., Fourdrigniez, M. & Taputuarai, R. 2013. Novel ecosystems in the Pacific Islands: assessing loss, fragmentation and alteration of native forests by invasive alien plants on the island of Moorea (French Polynesia). Pp. 19-33 in S. Larrue (ed.) Biodiversity and Societies in the Pacific Islands. Presses Universitaires de Provence, Aix-Marseille, The Australian National University Press, Canberra, 248 p.

Meyer, J.-Y., Loope, L.L. & Goarant, A.-C. 2011. Strategy to control the invasive alien tree Miconia calvescens in Pacific Islands: eradication, containment or something else? Pp. 91-96 in Veitch, C.R., Clout, M.N. & Towns, D.R. (eds.) Island Invasives: Eradication and Management. IUCN, Gland, 542 p.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Medeiros, A.C. 2011. Melastomes. Pp. 458-462 in Simberloff, D. & Rejmánek, M. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Invasive Introduced Species. University of California Press, Berkeley, 765 p.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2010. Montane cloud forests on remote islands of Oceania: the example of French Polynesia (South Pacific Ocean). Pp. 121-129 in Bruijnzeel, L.A., Scatena, F.N. & Hamilton, L.S. (eds.) Tropical Montane Cloud Forests. Science for Conservation and Management. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 740 p.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Salvat, B., 2009. French Polynesia, Biology. Pp 332-338 in Gillespie, R. & Clague, D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1075 p.


Other scientific papers, books, technical reports, popular papers, and booklets

Jost, X., Jost, C.H. & Meyer, J.-Y., accepted. Flora and vegetation of Clipperton (La Passion) atoll, Northeastern Pacific Ocean: three centuries of changes and recent plant dynamics. Atoll Research Bulletin.

Cibois, A., Thibault, J.-C. & Meyer, J.-Y. in press (2019). Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus Gmelin, 1788). Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans Peale, 1848). Pages xx-xx in Downs, C. T. & Hart, L.A. (eds.) Global Trends and Impacts of Alien Invasive Birds. CAB International, Wallingford, xxx p.

Medeiros, A., Taputuarai, R., von Allmen, E. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2018. De Auwahi (Maui) à Maraeti’a (Tahiti) : l’alliance entre les scientifiques et les communautés locales pour la restauration de forêts naturelles menacées. Bulletin de la Société des Études Océaniennes 346: 40-54.

Meyer, J.-Y., Strasberg, D., Vidal, E., Jourdan, H., Delnatte, C., & Muller, S. 2018. Quelle stratégie de recherche pour une meilleure conservation de la biodiversité terrestre dans les îles tropicales ultramarines françaises. Naturae 2: 15-26 (

Meyer, J.-Y. 2017. Guide des Plantes de Wallis et Futuna. Collection Nature et Environnement d’Océanie, Editions Au Vent des Iles, Papeete, 488 p.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2017. Chapter 9. Partial restoration of native rainforests in the island of Tahiti (French Polynesia) after introduction of a fungal pathogen to control the invasive tree Miconia calvescens. Pages 59-63 in Van Driesche, R. G. & Reardon, R. C. (eds.) Biological Control in Natural Areas. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise 2017-02.


Thibault, J.-C., Cibois, A. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2015. Birds of ‘Uvea (Wallis), Futuna and Alofi islands (South-West Pacific): an update. Notornis 62(1): 30-37.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2014. Critical issues and new challenges for research and management of invasive plants in the Pacific Islands. Pacific Conservation Biology 20(2): 146-164.

Keppel, G., Morrison, C., Meyer, J.-Y. & Boehmer, H.J. 2014. Isolated and vulnerable: the history and future of Pacific Island terrestrial biodiversity. Pacific Conservation Biology 20(2): 136-145.

Thibault, J.-C., Cibois, A., Butaud, J.-F., Jacq, F., Poroi, E. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2013. Breeding birds of Hatuta’a, Marquesas Islands: species inventory and influence of drought on their abundance. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club 133(3): 168-177.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2013. Notes on the taxonomy, ecology, distribution and conservation status of the ferns (Pteridophytes) of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Rapa Nui Journal 27(1): 67-79.

Dubois, A., Lenne, P., Nahoe, E., Rauch, M. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2013. Plantas de Rapa Nui. Guía Illustrada de la Flora de Interés Ecológico y Patrimonial. Umanga Mo Te Natura, CONAF, ONF International, Santiago, 134 pages.


Meyer, J.-Y. 2011. Rapa, îles Australes. Guide de la flore indigène et endémique. Direction de l’Environnement, Délégation à la Recherche, Papeete, 20 pages.


Iltis, J. & Meyer, J.-Y. 2010. La mangrove introduite dans les archipels éloignés d’Océanie, entre assimilation et rejet. L’Espace Géographique 39(3): 267-275.

Pouteau, R., Meyer, J.-Y., Taputuarai, R. & Stoll, B. 2010. La fonte de la biodiversité dans les îles : modélisation de l’impact du réchauffement global sur la végétation orophile de Tahiti (Polynésie française). VertigO (Revue électronique en Sciences de l’Environnement) 10(3): 1-10 (

Meyer, J.-Y., Lavergne, C. & Hodel, D. 2008. Time bombs in gardens: invasive ornamental palms in tropical islands, with emphasis on French Polynesia (Pacific Ocean) and the Mascarenes (Indian Ocean). Palms 52(2): 23-35.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2008. Le tiare apetahi (Apetahia raiateensis), plante endémique des plateaux du Temehani sur l'île de Raiatea : mythes et triste réalité. Bulletin de la Société des Etudes Océaniennes 313: 4-44.

Meyer, J.-Y., Wan, V. & Butaud, J.-F. 2007. Les plantes envahissantes en Polynésie française. Guide illustré d’identification. Direction de l’Environnement, Délégation à la Recherche, Papeete, 84 pages. (

Meyer, J.-Y., Loope, L.L., Sheppard, A., Munzinger, J. & Jaffré, T. 2006. Les plantes envahissantes et potentiellement envahissantes dans l’archipel néo-calédonien : première évaluation et recommandations de gestion. Pp. 50-115 in Beauvais, M.-L., Coléno, A. & Jourdan, H. (coord.), Les espèces envahissantes dans l’archipel néo-calédonien, un risque environnemental et économique majeur, IRD Editions, Collection Expertise collégiale, Paris (

Meyer, J.-Y. 2003. Parks in peril in the islands of French Polynesia (South Pacific Ocean). Aliens (Invasive Species Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission) N°17: 6.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Picot, F. 2003. Reinforcement program of fragmented populations of the mazambron marron on La Réunion Island, Mascarenes, Indian Ocean. Re-introduction News (IUCN/Species Survival Commission Re-introduction Specialist Group) 22: 28-29.

Meyer, J.-Y. 2003. French Polynesia. Pp. 22-34 in Shine, C., Reaser J.K. & Gutierrez, A.T. (eds.). Invasive Alien Species in the Austral-Pacific Region. National Reports & Directory of Resources. The Global Invasive Species Programme, Cape Town (

Meyer, J.-Y. 2001. The Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin: plant conservation in action in La Réunion Island (Mascarene Is., Indian Ocean). Botanic Gardens Conservation News 7(3): 41-43.

Meyer, J.-Y. & Tetuanui, W. 2000. Country report. French Polynesia. FAO Workshop on Forestry Data Collection for the Pacific Region, 4-8 September, Apia.


Meyer, J.-Y. 2000. A Preliminary review of the invasive plants in the Pacific Islands (SPREP Member Countries). Pp. 85-114 in Sherley, G. (compiler). Invasive Species in the Pacific. A technical review and regional strategy. South Pacific Regional Environmental Program, Apia, 190 pages.


Meyer, J.-Y. & Malet, J.-P. 1997. Study and management of the alien invasive tree Miconia calvescens DC. (Melastomataceae) in the islands of Raiatea and Tahaa (Society Islands, French Polynesia): 1992-1996. University of Hawaii Coop. Nat. Park Res. Studies Unit Technical Report 111, 56 pages. (

Meyer, J.-Y. 1994. Histoire de l'introduction et de l'invasion de Miconia calvescens à Tahiti. Bulletin de la Société des Études Océaniennes 263-264: 106-119.


Synergistic Activities

  1. Coordinator of a course entitled “Conservation biology and Biological invasions on Islands” for a Master of Science Degree (Master 2 “Environnement Insulaire Océanien”) of the University of French Polynesia: member of the students selection committee, course lecturer, reviewer of student dissertations and jury member for their final oral exam (2013-on going).
  2. Guest lecturer for the University of California, Berkeley field-course in “Tropical Island Biology and Geomorphology” taught at the R. Gump South Pacific Research Station, Moorea (French Polynesia) (
  3. Scientific supervisor or co-supervisor advising, training and mentoring French and foreign undergraduate/graduate/doctoral/post-doctoral students (jury member for 6 doctoral thesis/PhD candidates) in terrestrial ecology, tropical botany, island biogeography, invasion biology, species conservation and habitat restoration.
  4. Botanical expert, involved in the inventory and conservation of the native and endemic flora of French Polynesia and Wallis et Futuna as well as identifying current and potential invasive alien plant species.
  5. Major collaborator of botanist Jacques Florence (IRD, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris), author of the three volumes on the Flora of French Polynesia and the Nadeaud botanical database (, and collaborator of botanists David H. Lorence (National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii) and Warren W. Wagner (Smithsonian Institution, Washington) for the Vascular Flora of the Marquesas Islands database (
  6. Reviewer for the peer-reviewed scientific journals “Global Change Biology”, “Journal of Applied Ecology”, “Land Management and Urban Planning”, “Quaternary Science Reviews”, “Journal of Biogeography”, “Biological Conservation”, “Annals of Botany”, “Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics”, “Biological Invasions”, “Forest Ecology and Management”, “PlosOne”,Ecology and Evolution”, “Insect Conservation and Diversity”, “Biodiversity and Conservation”, “Biotropica”, “Oryx. The International Journal of Conservation”, “Journal for Nature Conservation”, “Journal of Ornithology”, “BioControl”, “Weed Research”, “Biological Control”, “Acta Oecologia”, “Ecological Research”, “South African Journal of Botany”, “Pacific Science”, “Journal of Tropical Ecology”, “Australian Journal of Botany”, “Zoosystema”, “Revue d’Ecologie (Terre Vie)”, “Acta Botanica Hungarica”, “PeerJ” (e-journal), “Tropical Conservation Science” (e-journal), “Phytologia” (e-journal), “Biodiversity Data Journal” (e-journal), “VertigO” (e-journal), “Invasive Plant Species and Management” (e-journal), “Pacific Conservation Biology”, “Atoll Research Bulletin”.
  7. Expert consultant on numerous terrestrial biodiversity and biological invasion initiatives across the Pacific: Global Invasive Species Program (GISP) and Database (GISD), IUCN/SCC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), CABI Invasive Species Compendium, Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect (PABITRA), South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP), Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN).
  8. Scientific collaborations with: University of California at Berkeley (USA), Smithsonian Institution of Washington (USA), Bishop Museum of Honolulu (Hawaii, USA), University of Hawaii at Manoa (Hawaii, USA), Biosecurity Queensland (Australia), Australian National University, Canberra (Australia), University of the South Pacific, Suva (Fiji), CONAF-Rapa Nui National Park (Chile), IRD Nouméa (New Caledonia, France), Service de l’Environnement of Wallis and Futuna (France), Université de La Réunion (France), Université des Antilles (France), Université de la Polynésie française (French Polynesia).
  9. Reviewer for research and conservation projects submitted to the French “Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB)”, the “Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)”, the “Stratégie Nationale sur la Biodiversité (SNB)”, and to the “The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)”.
  10. French Polynesia coordinator for the French IUCN Committee’s “Initiative on Invasive Species in the French Overseas Territories” ( (2006-on going).
  11. Research Associate in Botany, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii, USA ( (2008-on going).
  12. Executive Committee Member for the “Moorea Biocode Project” (University of California at Berkeley, Smithsonian Institution of Washington, USA, and CNRS-EPHE-Université de Perpignan, France), team co-leader for the inventory of the native and alien vascular flora ( (2008-2012).
  13. Member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the “Polynesia-Micronesia Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund” (CEPF) ( (2008-2013).
  14. Board Member of the “Society for Conservation Biology, Oceania section” ( (2011-2014).
  15. Member of the scientific committee of the “Grand Observatoire de l’Environnement et de la Biodiversité du Pacifique Sud” (GOPS) ( (2010-2014); member of the GOPS executive committee (2015-2017).
  16. Council Member of the “Pacific Science Association” ( (2013-on going).
  17. Member of the “Groupement de Recherche CNRS 3647 Invasions Biologiques” (2014-on going).
  18. Member of the “Tetiaroa Society Scientific Advisory Board” (2014-on going).
  19. Member of the Pacific committee of the “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST 2.0) Project” of IUCN ( as an independent expert in charge of  reviewing, selecting and assessing conservation projects in French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis et Futuna and Pitcairn Islands (2015-2018).
  20. Member of the Editorial committee (Associate Editor) of the “New Zealand Journal of Botany” ( (2016-2018).
  21. Member of the “Society for Island Biology” Board (2016-on going).

Main field of expertise: 

Terrestrial Conservation

Specialized in: 

Invasive species control/research

Geographic region: 


Name of organisation: 

Délégation à la Recherche de la Polynésie française

Type of organisation: 

Governmental/public administration

Main project your organisation is involved with, in relation to (sub)tropical biodiversity: 

Coordination of research programs and projects on terrestrial biodiversity (inventories of native and alien vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, birds, molluscs, athropods and assessment of their current status, bio- and phylogeography, paleobotany) in French Polynesia in collaboration with visiting French, European and foreign biologists.

Montane Vegetation as Listening Posts for Climate Change (ERANET, NET-BIOME, ANR)