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bar Darrin Lunde
    Darrin P. Lunde
    Collection Manager

  • Phone: (202)633-1253
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M.A. (Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Systematics): City College of New York, 2002
B.S. (Animal Sciences): Cornell University, 1991

Collection Management Responsibilities

Supervision of collection management activities in the Division of Mammals, including accessions, specimen preparation, cataloging, specimen installations, curation, loans, information requests, and assisting visitors.

Research Interests

My interests are focused on mammal collections and their role in advancing science and enriching our daily lives. I have accumulated twenty years of experience at the American Museum and the National Museum of Natural History, and am active in promoting the shared missions of these and other great mammal collections around the world.  Key to the vitality of any museum is the continuation of active field work, and I have done my part by leading expeditions throughout the Americas, Africa, and South East Asia. I have named more than a dozen new species of mammals and shed light on hundreds of other, lesser-known species. My overarching professional goal is to illuminate the rich diversity of mammals with which we share the world.

On a personal level, I am also interested in the history of museum collectors and expeditions, and am now finishing a full-length of biography on one of the most intrepid of all museum mammalogists. Theodore Roosevelt, the Naturalist, recounts our twenty-sixth President’s lifelong passion for collecting, and highlights his determination to put his specimens to use for future generations. It will be published by Harmony Books in the near future. I also like to write children’s books. Past titles include Meet the Meerkat and the award-winning Hello, Bumblebee Bat.

Recent Publications

Aplin, K.P., K.M. Helgen, and D.P. Lunde. 2010. A review of Peroryctes broadbenti, the giant bandicoot of Papua New Guinea. American Museum Novitates, 3696: 1-41.

Rossi, R.V., R.S. Voss, and D.P. Lunde. 2010. A revision of the didelphid marsupial genus Marmosa Part 1. The species in Tate’s "mexicana" and "mitis" sections and other closely related forms. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 334: 1-83.

Jenkins, P.D., D.P. Lunde, and Clive B. Moncrieff. 2009. Descriptions of new species of Crocidura (Soricomorpha: Soricidae) from mainland Southeast Asia, with synopses of previously described species and remarks on biogeography. In: Systematic Mammalogy. Contributions in honor of Guy G. Musser. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 331: 356-405.

Musser, G.G., and D.P. Lunde. 2009. Systematic reviews of New Guinea Coccomys and "Melomys" albidens (Muridae, Murinae) with descriptions of new taxa. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 329: 1-139

Musser, G.G., K. M. Helgen, and D.P. Lunde. 2008. Systematic Review of New Guinea Leptomys (Muridae, Murinae) with descriptions of two new species. American Museum Novitates, 3624: 1-60.

Lunde, D.P., and G.G. Musser. 2007. A survey of small mammals from Huu Lien Nature Reserve, Lang Son Province, Vietnam. Mammal Study, 32: 155-168.

Musser, G.G., D.P. Lunde, and Nguyen Truong Son. 2006. Description of a new genus and species of Rodent (Murinae, Muridae, Rodentia) from the tower karst region of northeastern Vietnam. American Museum Novitates, 3517: 1-41.

Musser, G.G., A.L. Smith, M.F. Robinson, and D.P. Lunde. 2005. Description of a new genus and species of rodent (Murinae, Muridae, Rodentia) from the Khammouan Limestone National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Lao PDR. American Museum Novitates, 3498: 1-31.

Voss, R.S., D.P. Lunde, and S.A. Jansa. 2005. On the contents of Gracilinanus Gardner and Creighton, 1989, with the description of a previously unrecognized clade of small didelphid marsupials. American Museum Novitates, 3482: 1-34.

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