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bar Louise Emmons
    Louise H. Emmons
    Adjunct Scientist

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

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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, 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. 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 twelfth year). This project includes community studies of small terrestrial mammals and bats, and GPS-telementry studies of maned wolves (Chrysocyon brachyurus). Local university students participate in the research in Bolivia. At the museum, I am currently revising "Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide," and working on species accounts for the rodent volume of Mammals of South America. 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, from squirrels and treeshrews to brush-tailed porcupines and ocelots. An Adjunct Scientist of the Division of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution, I serve on the editorial boards of the journals Neotropical Fauna and Environment and Mammalia.

Recent Publications

Complete List of Emmon's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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