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bar Louise Emmons
    Louise H. Emmons
    Research Associate

  • Phone: (202)633-1249
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  • E-mail: emmonsl[at]si.edu

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Education

Ph.D.: Cornell University, 1975
B.A.: Sarah Lawrence College, 1965

Research Interests

I study the ecology and distribution of tropical mammals, and have worked chiefly in Gabon, Sabah (Borneo), Peru, and Bolivia. A driving interest has been in the assemblage characteristics of high-diversity tropical mammal communities. My taxonomic research focuses on the New World rodent family Echimyidae (spiny rats). Current field research comprises a long term study of the mammal faunas at the savanna-forest interface in Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, Bolivia (in its 18th year). This project has included community studies of small terrestrial mammals and bats, long-term following of population changes in savanna rodents, and GPS-telemetry studies of maned wolves (Chrysocyon brachyurus). Local university students participate in the research in Bolivia, which is in collaboration with a Bolivian natural history museum. At the Smithsonian, I am currently revising "Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide," and work on analyzing and publishing the results of field studies. My prior field work included 14 mammal surveys with Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program, as well as mammal inventories for other projects. Previous ecological studies followed an array of mammals by radiotelemetry, from squirrels and treeshrews to brush-tailed porcupines and ocelots. A Research Associate of the Division of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution, I serve on the editorial boards of the journals Neotropical Fauna and Environment and Mammalia.

Recent Publications

Emmons, Louise H. and Fabre, Pierre-Henri 2018. A Review of the Pattonomys/Toromys Clade (Rodentia: Echimyidae), with Descriptions of a New Toromys Species and a New Genus. American Museum Novitates, 3894(3894): 1-52. doi:10.1206/3894.1

Henson, Lauren H., Songsasen, Nucharin, Waddell, Will, Wolf, Karen N., Emmons, Louise, Gonzalez, Susana, Freeman, Elizabeth and Maldonando, Jesus 2017. Characterization of Genetic Variation and Basis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Toll-like Receptor 5 Gene of the Red Wolf and Maned Wolf. Endangered Species Research, 32: 135-144. doi:10.3354/esr00790

Fabre, Pierre-Henri, Upham, Nathan S., Emmons, Louise H., Justy, Fabienne, Leite, Yuri L. R., Loss, Ana Carolina, Orlando, Ludovic, Tilak, Marie-Ka, Patterson, Bruce D. and Douzery, Emmanuel J. P. 2017. Mitogenomic phylogeny, diversification, and biogeography of South American spiny rats. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34(3): 613-633. doi:10.1093/molbev/msw261

Mannise, Natalia, Cosse, Mariana, González, Susana, Emmons, Louise H., Barbanti Duarte, José Mauricio, Beccaceci, Marcelo D. and Maldonado, Jesús E. 2017. Maned wolves retain moderate levels of genetic diversity and gene flow despite drastic habitat fragmentation. Endangered Species Research, 34: 449-462. doi:10.3354/esr00859

Emmons, Louise H. 2016. Family Abrocomidae (Chinchilla Rats and Inca Rats). In: Wilson, D. E., Lacher, T. E., Jr. and Mittermeier, R. A., Handbook of Mammals of the World. 6. Lagomorphs and Rodents I.. Barcelona: Lynx Editions, pp.488-497.

Emmons, Louise H. 2016. Observations on hard-ground nesting of Podocnemis unifilis in Bolivia. Herpetological Review, 47(2): 186-188.

Emmons, Louise H. 2015. Genus Juscelinomys. In: Patton, J. L., Pardiñas, U. F. J. and D'Elía, G., Mammals of South America Volume 2: Rodents. Chicago: University of Chicago Press,() pp.225-228.

Emmons, Louise H., Leite, Y. L. R. and Patton, James L. 2015. Family Echimyidae. In: Patton, James L., Pardiñas, Ulyses F. J. and D'Elía, Guillermo, Mammals of South America Volume 2: Rodents. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp.877-1022.

Patton, J. L. and Emmons, Louise H. 2015. Family Dasyproctidae Bonapart, 1838. In: Patton, J. L., Pardiñas, U. F. J. and D'Elía, G., Mammals of South America Volume 2: Rodents. Chicago: University of Chicago Press,() pp.733-762.

Patton, J. L. and Emmons, Louise H. 2015. Family Abrocomidae G. S. Miller and Gidley, 1918. In: Patton, J. L., Pardiñas, U. F. J. and D'Elía, G., Mammals of South America Volume 2: Rodents. Chicago: University of Chicago Press,() pp.805-818.

González, Susana, Cosse, Mariana, Franco, María del Rosario, Emmons, Louise, Vynne, Carly, Duarte, José Maurício Barbanti, Beccacesi, Marcelo D. and Maldonado, Jesús E. 2015. Population Structure of mtDNA Variation due to Pleistocene Fluctuations in the South American Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus, Illiger, 1815): Management Units for Conservation. Journal of Heredity, 106: 459-468. doi:10.1093/jhered/esv043


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