Mammalogy conducts research, research training, and graduate education on the world's mammals — their global diversity, evolution, geography, genomics, morphology, conservation, ecology, and behavior. These studies are grounded in research collections of 180,000 specimens and associated data.


Macro Photo of a skull


The mammalogy research collections include extensive historical collections from Central America, Mexico, and southeast, central, western regions of the United States and Alaska. Recently added holdings include specimens from the Philippines,  New Guinea, and important historical material from Texas. The program continues to excel at emphasizing its taxonomic strengths in bats, rodents, and insectivores. Most of our collection consists of well prepared skins, skulls, and complete skeletons, with recent specimens accompanied by tissues.


Public Programs about Mammals

Mammals curator Robert M. Timm periodically offers a short introduction to a mammal of the month at the KU Natural History Museum. Recent programs included bats, wolves, bears, rabbits, beavers, and porcupines. The lectures, which are appropriate for all ages, include education about the animal's typical characteristics, habitat, and behavior. The KU Natural History Museum also works with Professor Timm to offer bat education events each fall. Upcoming event details are posted here.


Together with alumna Andrea Romero, curator Robert Timm recently published their research on the vesper mouse, Nyctomys sumichrasti (Rodentia: Cricetidae), a poorly known, arboreal, nocturnal, rodent found in Central America. The animal is considered rare, with limited information available about its biology, especially reproduction.  Their article “Reproductive strategies and natural history of the arboreal Neotropical vesper mouse, Nyctomys sumichrasti” was published in the journal Mammalia.