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Searching for the lost Toro

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Member profiles | 0 comments

Searching for the lost Toro   By Nikki Roach.  Nikki is a PhD student based at Texas A&M University. She has been coordinating the Red List reassessment effort for species in the New World. As part of her PhD studies she has just arrived in Colombia to help research activities on a very interesting SMSG species…the Santa Marta Toro.        Here is the first of her blog pieces: 14.06.2016 Many creatures lurk in the forest at night, yet some remain to be seen. The Santa Marta Toro (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) is one of these species. A fuzzy, red, medium-bodied...

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Dr Richard Young, Co-Chair

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Member profiles | 0 comments

As Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group,  I work alongside Tom Lacher to lead the development of the group’s strategy, membership and operations, but focus particularly on the promotion of conservation science and action for the most threatened small mammals. My day job is Head of Conservation Science at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK, where I lead research for the Trust’s conservation programmes in Madagascar, Mauritius, Caribbean, and Pacific. We conserve a range of endangered mammal, bird, amphibian and reptile species and their habitats. My main...

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Dr Thomas E. Lacher Jr, Co-Chair

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Member profiles | 0 comments

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...

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Dr Samuel Turvey, Conservation Coordinator

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Member profiles | 0 comments

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), with a primary interest in understanding mammal extinction dynamics and developing conservation programmes for a wide range of threatened mammal species. I have been heavily involved with the development of ZSL’s EDGE of Existence conservation programme, which aims to prioritise species for conservation attention on the basis of both threat and unique evolutionary history. Through my involvement with the EDGE programme, I have conducted considerable research and conservation programme development...

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Dr Giovanni Amori, Red List Authority

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Member profiles | 0 comments

Dr Giovanni Amori, Red List Authority

Giovanni Amori is Senior Researcher of CNR (National Research Council) and the Red List Authority Focal Point of the IUCN SSC SMSG. He was previously Chair of the IUCN SSC “Rodent Specialist Group” (1994-2006) and from 2006-2011 the Red List Authority of Small Non-Volant Mammals. He has been President of Nature Conservation Commission of CNR (1994-2000), President of the Italian Mammal Society (1996-1998) and member of the Italian Scientific Authority of CITES  (2000-2006 and 2010-2012). The main research interest of Dr Amori concerns the conservation of small mammals, with special...

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Dr Kristofer M. Helgen, Taxonomy Coordinator

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Member profiles | 0 comments

Kristofer M. Helgen is Research Scientist and Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in Australia, studying the evolution of mammals in New Guinea. His work focuses especially on biological expeditions in the tropics and historical research in museum collections to document mammalian biodiversity and to study environmental change. He has worked as a zoologist in 50 countries and described many new species of living mammals, including the Blue-Eyed Spotted Cuscus, the Greater...

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