When I first began working on bats 20 years ago, I knew that they were a fascinating group for evolutionary studies -- but I never imagined I would spend the rest of my career working on them. Little did I know! Since that time I have worked on projects ranging from faunal inventories and descriptions of new bat species to studies of Eocene fossil bats. I've done fieldwork on bats in areas ranging from Malaysia to French Guiana, and conducted phylogenetic analyses ranging from studies of relationships among species to relationships among all living families of bats. My research is focused on the evolution and systematics of bats, and I am broadly interested in patterns of morphological, functional, and geographic variation across the chiropteran order.
I received my Bachelors degree from Pomona College, and my Ph.D. from the University of California in 1989. I've been a curator at the American Museum of Natural History since 1991, where I am presently Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Mammalogy. I serve on the steering committees for MorphoBank and VertNet, and on the Editorial Board of Acta Chiropteralogica.
My role in SEABCRU is a member of the Steering Committee and one of the Team Leaders for Taxonomy and Systematics.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1051363. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).