Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

George Zug

Emeritus Curator
Department / Division
  • B.S., Albright College, 1960
  • M.S., University of Florida, 1963
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1968
Research Interests

Herpetology/biology and systematics of amphibians and reptiles; currently focused on the systematics of the herpetofauna of Oceania and Burma.

Journal Article
Book Chapter
  • Kaiser, Hinrich, Zug, George R., and Bauer, Aaron M. 2018. "Germany’s Zoological Collections: an International and Personal View on an Important Historical and Contemporary Scientific Resource." In Zoological Collections of Germany. Beck, L. A., editor. 7–15. Springer International Publications.
  • Gotte, Steve W., Jacobs, Jeremy F., and Zug, George R. 2016. "Preserving reptiles for research." In Reptile Ecology and Conservation, A Handbook of Techniques. Dodd, C. Kenneth, Jr., editor. 73–86. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Zug, George R. 2011. "Tropical Asian Dry Forest Amphibians and Reptiles: A regional comparison of ecological communities." In The Ecology and Conservation of Seasonally Dry Forest in Asia. McShea, William J., Davies, Stuart James, and Bjumpakpjan, Naris, editors. 275–303. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.
  • Zug, George R. 2009. "Reptiles (Vertebrata: Reptilia) of the Gulf of Mexico." In Gulf of Mexico origin, waters, and biota. Volume 1, Biodiversity. Felder, Darryl L. and Camp, David K., editors. 1317–1320. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press.
  • Zug, George R. 2004. "Foreword." In Snakes of India. A Field Guide. Whitaker, R. and Captain, A., editors. vii–viii. Draco Press.
  • Zug, George R. 2001. "Turtles of the Lee Creek Mine (Pliocene: North Carolina)." In Geology and paleontology of the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina, III. 203–218. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. In Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology, 90.
  • Zug, George R. 1999. "Foreword:." In Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles. Crother, B. I., editor. xi. San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Bjorndal, Karen and Zug, George R. 1995. "Growth and Age of Sea Turtles." In Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles. Bjorndal, K. A., editor. 599–600. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
  • Zug, George R. and Mitchell, J. C. 1995. "Amphibians and Reptiles of the Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal." In Asiatic Herpetological Research. 172–180.
  • Zug, George R. 1989. "Walking, Running, and Crawling." In Crocodiles and Alligators. Ross, C. A., editor. 46. Oxford: Facts on File, New York.
  • Zug, George R. 1986. "Leaps and Bounds. Why Have Frogs Lost Their Tails?" In The Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. Halliday, T. R. and Adler, K., editors. 56–57.
  • Zug, George R. 1983. "Bufo marinus." In Costa Rican Natural History. Janzen, D., editor. 386–387.
  • Zug, George R. 1979. "The Endoskeleton: The Comparative Anatomy of the Girdles, the Sternum, and the Paired Appendages." In Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. Wake, M., editor. 238–264. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Zug, George R. 1974. "Locomotion." In Encyclopaedia Britannica. 15–24.
  • Zug, George R. 1971. "The Musculoskeletal System: An Evolutionary Perspective." In Chordate Structure and Function. 200–241. New York: Macmillan Co.
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