Curatorial Assistant, Botany
Tom Daniel, PhD
Curator of Botany, Emeritus
Botany, Systematics, Evolution

For the past 30 years the major emphasis of my research has been the study of New World Acanthaceae (shrimp plants and their relatives). Although known in temperate regions primarily for showy ornamentals, the Acanthaceae are the 11th largest family of flowering plants (with more than 4,000 species) and a prominent element of many tropical regions. Mexico and Central America comprise a major center of diversity for this family.

Curatorial Assistant II, Entomology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Paleoecology
Invertebrate Zoology, Geology

My primary research goals are directed toward understanding how the functional and trait diversity of marine fauna changed during and after events of major environmental disturbance, such as mass extinctions. I am currently working on modelling the functional and trophic dynamics of Mesozoic marine food webs.

Bob Drewes with Cobra Bobo caecilian
Curator of Herpetology, Emeritus
Jack Dumbacher
Curator of Birds and Mammals
Evolutionary Biology, Birds and Mammals

I am interested in ecology and evolution, and most of my work has focused on birds and more recently mammals.  Our department of birds and mammals conducts research on local marine mammals, collaborates with US Fish and Wildlife for important surveys of public lands, and we do a variety of research ranging from studying why birds fly into windows in urban settings to how toxic birds acquire and use poisons for defense to using genetics to study relationships among species of animals (and more...)  We currently have students in the lab ranging from high school, Masters students, PhD students

Graduate Student, Science Illustrator
Science Illustration, Botany, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
Laura Eklund, Collection Manager, Anthropology
Collection Manager, Anthropology
Ethnographic and archaeological collections management
Erica Ely
Curatorial Assistant, Herpetology

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