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Curator of Fossil Vertebrates and Emeritus Professor of Biology Margery Coombs was awarded honorary membership in the SVP recognizing her "distinguished contribution to vertebrate paleontology".
Laurie Godfrey, Curator of Primates, along with Professor Alfred Rosenberger of Brooklyn College, led a team which discovered a large fossil lemur "graveyard" in underwater caves in Madagascar. Besides giant lemurs the caves contained fossils of other extinct species such as elephan birds, horned crocodiles and extinct hippos.
Jeff Podos, Curator of Birds, has co-edited the book, "Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach", with collleagues Duncan Irschick, UMass Biology Professor, and Mark Briffa, an associate professor in animal behavior at Plymouth University, U.K.
Betsy Dumont, Curator of Mammals and recent Director of Collections, was recognized at the North American Society for Bat Research for her “outstanding service and contribution to the field of Chiropteran biology” at the meeting of the NASBR, October 22-25, at Albany, New York. She is the 21st r
Al Richmond, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, received a national award for meritorious teaching at the recent meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Betsy Dumont, Director of Natural History Collections and Curator of Mammals participates in new approach to combine evolutionary and engineering analyses to analyze bat skull shapes
Dumont, along with mechanical engineer Ian Grosse at UMass Amherst, and evolutionary biologist Lilian Davalos of stony Brook University, will study the adaptive radiation of New World leaf-nosed bats.
Curator of the Living Plant Collection Tobias Baskin has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the European Union to support his sabbatical leave at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom for the 2014-15 academic