Joshua K. Moyer

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M.Sc. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 2014

B.Sc. Biology, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Advisor: Duncan J. Irschick
Dissertation/thesis title: Investigations of the form and function of feeding by modern neoselachians

Research Interests

I study the morphology and evolution of elasmobranch fishes (sharks, skates, and rays). I am particularlly intersted in their jaws, teeth, and modes of feeding as they relate to a species' ecology and evolutionary history.


Moyer, J.K., Finucci, B., Riccio, M.L. and Irschick, D.J. (2020) Dental morphology and microstructure of the Prickly Dogfish Oxynotus bruniensis (Squaliformes: Oxynotidae). Journal of Anatomy. DOI: 10.1111/joa.13251.

Moyer, J. K., Dodd, J., and Irschick, D. J. (2020) Observation of a Sea Lamprey Petromyzon marinus on a pelagic Blue Shark Prionace glauca. Northeastern Naturalist. 27: N16-N20.

Moyer, J.K., Shannon, S.F., and Irschick, D.J. (2019) Bite performance and feeding behaviour of the sand tiger shark Carcharias taurus. Journal of Fish Biology. 95: 881– 892.

Moyer, J. K. and Bemis, W. E. (2017) Shark teeth as edged weapons: Serrated teeth of three species of selachians. Zoology.120: 101-109.

Moyer, J. K. and Bemis, W. E. (2016) Microstructure and replacement of the teeth of the Gulper Shark, Centrophorus granulosus (Squaliformes: Centrophoridae). Copeia. 104(2): 529-538.

Moyer, J. K., Riccio, M., and Bemis, W. E. (2015) Development and microstructure of tooth histotypes in the blue shark, Prionace glauca (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) and the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Lamniformes: Lamnidae). Journal of Morphology. 276: 797–817.

Bemis, W. E., Moyer, J. K., and Riccio, M. (2015) Homology of Lateral Cusplets in the Teeth of Lamnid Sharks (Lamniformes: Lamnidae). Copeia. 103(4): 961-972.

Moyer J. K., Hamilton N. D., Hadlock Seeley, R., Riccio, M. L., and Bemis, W. E. (2015). Identification of Shark Teeth (Elasmobranchii: Lamnidae) from a Historic Fishing Station on Smuttynose Island, Maine, Using Computed Tomography Imaging. Northeastern Naturalist. 22(3): 585-597.