Achim  Meyer

Dr. Achim Meyer

Research Associate, Nagoya Compliance Advisor and Deputy Ombudsman

Phone: +49 (0)421 23800 - 131

Fax: +49 (0)421 23800 - 30

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Office: Fahrenheitstr. 6, Main Building
28359 Bremen
Room: 1102 (1st floor)

Research interests

- Molecular ecology
- Evolutionary biology and population genetics
- Biodiversity and barcoding
- Breeding of marine invertebrates, fishes, algae and sea grass

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Curriculum Vitae 

 since 06/2020
Support of selected molecular and aquarium activities as a member of the ZMT Academy. Participation in teaching and education.

01/2015 - 05/2020
Buildup and organizing the molecular laboratory (S1, GenTSV) and the protection level two (Schutzstufe 2) microbial laboratory.

09/ 2011 - 12/ 2014
Head of the ZMT aquarium laboratory (MAREE) including two years provisional head of the biology laboratories.

01/ 2010 - 08/ 2011
Postdoc at the Department of Animal Physiology at the University of
Mainz. Supervision of the laboratory work and teaching obligations.

12/ 2005 - 12/ 2009
PhD project within the Deep Metazoan Phylogeny priority program:
“Molecular phylogenetic inferences on the position of the Mollusca within the Lophotrochozoa” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) conducted at the University of Mainz. Grade: magna cum laude.

05/ 2004 - 10/ 2005
Diploma thesis studying morphological and molecular pattern within a polychaete population, accompanied by regeneration experiments
at the Freie Universität Berlin. Grade 1.1.

10/ 1999 - 05/ 2004
Undergraduate and master’s level studies of Biology with emphasis on Zoology, Plant-Physiology and Ecology. Minor studies in Science of Museum Education.



OrcID: 0000-0002-4345-274X

Peer-reviewed journals

Islam, M.J.; Kunzmann, A.; Bögner, M.; Meyer, A.; Thiele, R.; Slater, M.J., Metabolic and molecular stress responses of European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax at low and high temperature extremes. Ecological Indicators 2020, 112: 106118.


Kuhnhold, H.; Steinmann, N.; Huang, Y. H.; Indriana, L.; Meyer, A.; Kunzmann, A., Temperature-induced aerobic scope and Hsp70 expression in the sea cucumber Holothuria scabra. PLoS One 2019, 14, (3), e0214373.


Farag, M. A.; Meyer, A.; Ali, S. E.; Salem, M. A.; Giavalisco, P.; Westphal, H.; Wessjohann, L. A., Comparative Metabolomics Approach Detects Stress-Specific Responses during Coral Bleaching in Soft Corals. Journal of Proteome Research 2018, 17, (6), 2060-2071.

Otwoma, L. M.; Diemel, V.; Reuter, H.; Kochzius, M.; Meyer, A., Genetic population structure of the convict surgeonfish Acanthurus triostegus: a phylogeographic reassessment across its range. J Fish Biol 2018, 93, (4), 597-608.

Stuhr, M.; Meyer, A.; Reymond, C. E.; Narayan, G. R.; Rieder, V.; Rahnenführer, J.; Kucera, M.; Westphal, H.; Muhando, C. A.; Hallock, P., Variable thermal stress tolerance of the reef-associated symbiont-bearing foraminifera Amphistegina linked to differences in symbiont type. Coral Reefs 2018, 37, (3), 811-824.

Farag, M. A.; Maamoun, A. A.; Meyer, A.; Wessjohann, L. A., Salicylic acid and its derivatives elicit the production of diterpenes and sterols in corals and their algal symbionts: a metabolomics approach to elicitor SAR. Metabolomics 2018, 14, (10), 127.

Otwoma, L.; Reuter, H.; Timm, J.; Meyer, A., Genetic connectivity in a herbivorous coral reef fish (Acanthurus leucosternon Bennet, 1833) in the Eastern African region. Hydrobiologia 2018, 806, (1) 237–250.


Farag, M. A.; Al-Mahdy, D. A.; Meyer, A.; Westphal, H.; Wessjohann, L. A., Metabolomics reveals biotic and abiotic elicitor effects on the soft coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi terpenoid content. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, (1), 648.

Farag, M.; Fekry, M.; Al-Hammady, M.; Khalil, M.; El-Seedi, H.; Meyer, A.; Porzel, A.; Westphal, H.; Wessjohann, L., Cytotoxic Effects of Sarcophyton sp. Soft Corals—Is There a Correlation to Their NMR Fingerprints? Marine Drugs 2017, 15, (7), 211.

Rieder, V.; Blank-Landeshammer, B.; Stuhr, M.; Schell, T.; Biß, K.; Kollipara, L.; Meyer, A.; Pfenninger, M.; Westphal, H.; Sickmann, A.; Rahnenführer, J., DISMS2: A flexible algorithm for direct proteome- wide distance calculation of LC-MS/MS runs. BMC Bioinformatics 2017, 18, (1), 148.

Farag, M. A.; Westphal, H.; Eissa, T. F.; Wessjohann, L. A.; Meyer, A., Effect of Oxylipins, Terpenoid Precursors and Wounding on Soft Corals' Secondary Metabolism as Analyzed via UPLC/MS and Chemometrics. Molecules 2017, 22, (12).


Farag, M. A.; Porzel, A.; Al-Hammady, M. A.; Hegazy, M. E.; Meyer, A.; Mohamed, T. A.; Westphal, H.; Wessjohann, L. A., Soft Corals Biodiversity in the Egyptian Red Sea: A Comparative MS and NMR Metabolomics Approach of Wild and Aquarium Grown Species. J Proteome Res 2016, 15, (4), 1274-87.


Nesnidal, M. P.; Helmkampf, M.; Meyer, A.; Witek, A.; Bruchhaus, I.; Ebersberger, I.; Hankeln, T.; Lieb, B.; Struck, T. H.; Hausdorf, B., New phylogenomic data support the monophyly of Lophophorata and an Ectoproct-Phoronid clade and indicate that Polyzoa and Kryptrochozoa are caused by systematic bias. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013, 13, (1), 253.


Kocot, K. M.; Cannon, J. T.; Todt, C.; Citarella, M. R.; Kohn, A. B.; Meyer, A.; Santos, S. R.; Schander, C.; Moroz, L. L.; Lieb, B.; Halanych, K. M., Phylogenomics reveals deep molluscan relationships. Nature 2011, 477, (7365), 452-6.

Struck, T. H.; Paul, C.; Hill, N.; Hartmann, S.; Hosel, C.; Kube, M.; Lieb, B.; Meyer, A.; Tiedemann, R.; Purschke, G.; Bleidorn, C., Phylogenomic analyses unravel annelid evolution. Nature 2011, 471, (7336), 95-98.

Meyer, A.; Witek, A.; Lieb, B., Selecting ribosomal protein genes for invertebrate phylogenetic inferences: how many genes to resolve the Mollusca? Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2011, 2, (1), 34-42.

Warnke, K. M.; Meyer, A.; Ebner, B.; Lieb, B., Assessing divergence time of Spirulida and Sepiida (Cephalopoda) based on hemocyanin sequences. Mol Phylogenet Evol 2011, 58, (2), 390-4.


Meyer, A.; Todt, C.; Mikkelsen, N. T.; Lieb, B., Fast evolving 18S rRNA sequences from Solenogastres (Mollusca) resist standard PCR amplification and give new insights into mollusk substitution rate heterogeneity. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10, 70.

Meyer, A.; Lieb, B., Respiratory proteins in Sipunculus nudus — Implications for phylogeny and evolution of the hemerythrin family. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2010, 155, (2), 171-177.


Mwinyi, A.; Meyer, A.; Bleidorn, C.; Lieb, B.; Bartolomaeus, T.; Podsiadlowski, L., Mitochondrial genome sequence and gene order of Sipunculus nudus give additional support for an inclusion of Sipuncula into Annelida. BMC Genomics 2009, 10, 27.


Hausdorf, B.; Helmkampf, M.; Meyer, A.; Witek, A.; Herlyn, H.; Bruchhaus, I.; Hankeln, T.; Struck, T. H.; Lieb, B., Spiralian phylogenomics supports the resurrection of Bryozoa comprising Ectoprocta and Entoprocta. Mol Biol Evol 2007, 24.


Gross, W.; Meyer, A., Distribution of myo-inositol dehydrogenase in algae. European Journal of Phycology 2003, 38, (3), 191-194.

Non peer reviewed:

Meyer, A. (2015). Eine effektive Kühlung für ein Mittelmeeraquarium! DATZ , 10: 44-49.

Meyer, A. (2005). Stumm wie ein Fisch? Netz-Preußenfische sind es nicht. Der Meerwasseraquarianer, 2: 19-21.