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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Amphibians & Reptiles

Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum
Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum Ecuador, Napo Province. Photographed by Roy McDiarmid

The division staff consists of people employed by both the SI Department of Vertebrate Zoology and the Biological Survey Unit of the United States Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Since 1889, the Biological Survey has had a formal partnership with Smithsonian in which the Survey has had curatorial responsibility for the North American Terrestrial Vertebrate Collection. The staff composition of the division is as follows:


Smithsonian Institution
US Geological Survey
2 curators, 1 curator emeritus
1 curator
5 collection management
3 collection management


The curators of the division are research scientists. They use the collections on a daily basis for research and assist with collection management activities. The collection management staff is responsible for preserving and maintaining the collection for use by the scientific community worldwide. Visit the Staff Directory to find individual staff members.