Taxonomy, Phylogeny, & Fieldwork
Rob and other lab members have undertaken taxonomic studies of poorly known genera of mammals from the northern and central Neotropics (Mexico to Brazil).
Our goals here are to elucidate species boundaries and describe new species and elucidate phylogenetic and phylogeographic relationships. These collection-based studies also provide extensive data sets for biogeographic analyses and conservation assessments.
Our current projects in this area include:
• The mammalian faunas of sky islands, peripheral elements of the Sierra Madre Oriental in eastern Mexico (Gonzalo Pinilla and Robert Anderson)
• Parasites of rodents in the “Los Mármoles” sky island of eastern Mexico (Erica Johnson)
• Nongeographic variation in spiny pocket mice (Heteromyidae: Heteromys): comparative tests of growth and sexual dimorphism (Robert Anderson)