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bar John Ososky
    John J. Ososky
    Museum Specialist, Osteo Prep

  • Phone: (301)238-1157
  • Fax: (301)238-3155
  • E-mail: ososkyj[at]

  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 108
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0108


M.S. (Biological Sciences): Northern Illinois University, 1998
B.S. (Wildlife Management): Humboldt State University, 1994

Collection Management Responsibilities

Responsible for running the Osteology Laboratory for Vertebrate Zoology. Cleans and prepares bones of skeletal specimens and maintains the dermestid beetle colony used for that purpose. Research interest in the osteology of Black-footed ferrets.

Recent Publications

Antonelli, Tyler Scott, Leischner, Carissa, Ososky, John and Hartstone-Rose, Adam 2016. The effect of captivity on the oral health of the critically endangered black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes). Canadian journal of zoology, 94(1): 15-22. doi:10.1139/cjz-2015-0135

Wisely, Samantha M., Ososky, John J. and Buskirk, S. W. 2002. Morphological changes to black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) resulting from captivity. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 80(9): 1562-1568. doi:10.1139/Z02-160

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