Dr. Chris Meyer is a research zoologist and marine invertebrate curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His passion for biodiversity and the adoption of new technologies has lead him to be part of many large-scale inventory and assessment projects around the world. He is particularly interested in marine speciation, diversification, biogeography and phylogeography, as well as the history, assembly and maintenance of tropical reef communities. Chris’s work is helping to document marine biodiversity, better understand the drivers of diversification, figure out how ecosystems function, and predict how they will respond to change. Chris directed the Moorea BIOCODE Project, co-founded the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center at Udayana University in Bali, and leads the Global ARMS Program at the Smithsonian. He is also one of the founding members of the Genomic Observatories Network.