Julie Meachen

Assistant Professor Anatomy
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Office Phone 515-271-1568
Email julie.meachen@dmu.edu
  • Instructor at Marshall University 2012-2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center 2009-2012
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles 2008

I will have some opportunities for fieldwork with students this summer (2014) at a fossil site in Wyoming where we will be excavating large extinct vertebrate fossils (mammoths, American lions and cheetahs, and other mammals).

2014 research

I am a vertebrate paleontologist and a functional morphologist that specializes in mammalian carnivores. I am interested in how we can examine ecology in both living species and in the fossil record using morphology. I am particularly interested in how climate change and the extinction events at the end of the Pleistocene (10,000 years ago) have affected the morphology and ecology of living and Pleistocene species.


Meachen, J. and T.E. Roberts. In revision. A novel multi-scale assessment of community assembly across time, space, and functional niche. The American Naturalist., 2013

O’Keefe, F.R., J. Meachen, E.V. Fet and A. Brannick. In Press. Clinal shape variation in the cranium of the North American gray wolf and its correlation with geographic and climatic variables. Journal of Mammalogy. , 2013

Samuels, J.X., J. Meachen and S.A. Sakai. Postcranial morphology and locomotor habits of living and extinct carnivorans. 2013. Journal of Morphology 274: 121-146., 2013

Meachen, J. and J.X. Samuels. Evolution in coyotes (Canis latrans) in response to the megafaunal extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 109: 4191-4196. , 2012

Meachen-Samuels, J. Morphological convergence of the prey-killing arsenal of sabertooth predators. Paleobiology 38: 1-14. The first featured article for the journal Paleobiology. , 2012

Van Valkenburgh, B., A. Curtis, J. X. Samuels, D. Bird, B. Fulkerson, J. Meachen-Samuels, and G. Slater Aquatic adaptations in the nose of carnivorans: evidence from the turbinates. Journal of Anatomy 218: 298-310., 2011

Meachen-Samuels, J. and B. Van Valkenburgh. Radiographs reveal exceptional forelimb strength in the sabertooth cat, Smilodon fatalis. PLoS ONE 5: e11412., 2010

Meachen-Samuels, J Radiographic analysis of the humerus in the Felidae and the Canidae. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 17: 193-209., 2010

Meachen-Samuels, J. and W. J. Binder. Age determination and sexual dimorphism in Panthera atrox and Smilodon fatalis (Felidae) from Rancho La Brea. Journal of Zoology, London 280: 271-279. , 2010

Samuels, J.X., J.A. Meachen-Samuels and P.A. Gensler. The first Mid-Blancan occurrence of Agriotherium (Ursidae) in North America: a record from Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho. Journal of Paleontology 83: 597-603. First and second authors contributed equally, 2009

Meachen-Samuels, J. and B. Van Valkenburgh. Forelimb indicators of prey-size preference in the Felidae. Journal of Morphology 270: 729-744., 2009

Meachen-Samuels, J. and B. Van Valkenburgh. Craniodental indicators of prey size preference in the Felidae. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96: 784-799., 2009

Meachen, J. A new species of Lamine from the Plio-Pleistocene of Florida. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 45(4): 435-447., 2005

Webb, S. D. and J. Meachen. On the origin of the Lamine Camelidae with a new genus from the late Miocene of the high plains. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum 36: 349-362., 2004