B.A. Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana M.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Ph.D., Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
Area(s) of Expertise
Vertebrate Systematics and Ecology
The umbrella research theme of the Vertebrate Studies lab is the study of historical and contemporary Massachusetts’ mammals. This effort is supported by a data resource of nearly 40,000 documented mammal specimens in the Vertebrate Collection (NUVC), a good portion of which are from Massachusetts. The specimens include skins, skulls, postcranial skeletons, fluid-preserved specimens, os bacula, os clitori, stomachs, and endo- and ectoparasites. These provide a basal source for the study of contemporary biogeography in Massachusetts (with vouchers), and augmentation studies such as food habits (e.g. brown rat, fisher), growth and development (e.g. long-finned pilot whale, Atlantic white-sided dolphin), bone diseases (spondylosis deformans), and systematics (small mammals in New England and the Maritime Provinces). Ectoparasite distribution is indicative of the extent of temporal isolation of insular species. Studies of insect and bird involvement, pollination and seed deposition respectively, in the spread and maintenance of non-native plants elucidate changed and changing ecosystems that impact mammals. NUVC holdings also represent studies conducted in 35 of the American states, seven Canadian provinces, and other countries including Mexico, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Vietnam, as well as donations from South Africa, Kenya, Thailand, Australia, and others. The NUVC also contains research collections of fishes, amphibians, reptiles and birds for comparative use in food habits studies), as vouchers, and other studies of those classes.
Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908