Science and conservation for the world’s 2800 small mammal species

Dr. Thomas E. Lacher, Jr., is currently Full Professor in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD in Biological Sciences, Section of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980. He has held positions at the University of Brasilia, Brazil; Western Washington University; Clemson University, where he was the executive director of the research consortium of the Archbold Tropical Research Center, and Texas A&M University, where he was Professor and Caesar Kleberg Chair in Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. From 2002 to 2007 he was at Conservation International, where he was Senior Vice-President and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. Dr. Lacher has been working in the Neotropics for 37 years, with experience in Dominica, Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana, Suriname, Peru, and Brazil. He has also served on numerous review panels for NSF and EPA and was member and chair of the Area Advisory Committee for Latin America for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Commission). He has been major advisor of 14 MS and 14 Ph.D. students and several postdoctoral fellows. His current research is focused on the assessment of conservation status in mammals and the analysis and monitoring of large-scale patterns and trends in mammalian biodiversity, primarily in the tropics.