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    Brian K. Schmidt
    Museum Specialist

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B.S., University of Puget Sound (1991), Mathematics and Biology

Research Interests

Responsible for collection management activities, including accessions, specimen preparation, cataloging, specimen installations, loans, information requests, and assisting visitors. Interests in field work, specimen preparation, collection databases, web design, and computer graphics.

Recent Publications

Glowska, Eliza, Romanowska, Kamila, Schmidt, Brian K. and Dabert, Miroslawa 2018. Combined description (morphology with DNA barcode data) of a new quill mite Torotrogla paenae n. sp. (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) parasitising the Kalahari scrub-robin Cercotrichas paena (Smith) (Passeriformes: Muscicapidae) in Namibia. Systematic parasitology, : 1-7. doi:10.1007/s11230-018-9815-z

Orrell, Thomas, Hollowell, Tom, Tuccinardi, Chris, Reed, Karen, Bird, Jessica, Williams, Jeff, Tighe, Kenneth A., Schmidt, Brian and Ludwig, Craig. 2018. NMNH Extant Specimen Records. : .

Graves, Gary R. and Schmidt, Brian K. 2015. Distribution, Abundance, and Conservation Status of the Jamaican Crow, Corvus jamaicensis. Caribbean Naturalist, 27: 1-18.

Glowska, Eliza and Schmidt, Brian K. 2014. New quill mites (Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae) parasitizing the black-headed paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer (Passeriformes: Monarchidae) in Gabon. Zootaxa, 3786(1): 57-64. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3786.1.3

Glowska, Eliza and Schmidt, Brian K. 2014. New taxa of the subfamily Picobiinae (Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae) parasitizing antbirds and gnateaters (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae, Conopophagidae) in Guyana. Zootaxa, 3861(2): 193-200.

Complete List of Schmidt's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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