Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Michael McGowen

Research Scientist and Curator of Marine Mammals
Department / Division
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Research Interests
  • Evolution and systematics of marine mammals, especially cetaceans
  • Genomics and molecular evolution of marine mammals
  • Combining morphology and molecules to investigate diversity through time
  • Museum specimens as genetic resources
Journal Article
  • Carroll, Emma L., McGowen, Michael R., McCarthy, Morgan L., Marx, Felix G., Aguilar De Soto, Natacha, Dalebout, Merel L., Dreyer, Sascha, Gaggiotti, Oscar E., Hansen, Sabine S., van Helden, Anton, Onoufriou, Aubrie B., Baird, Robin W., Baker, C. Scott, Berrow, Simon, Cholewiak, Danielle, Claridge, Diane, Constantine, Rochelle, Davison, Nicholas J., Eira, Catarina, Fordyce, R. Ewan, Gatesy, John, Hofmeyr, G. J. Greg, Martin, Vidal, Mead, James G., Mignucci-Giannoni, Antonio A. et al. 2021. [Dataset] Speciation in the abyss - genomics and morphology reveal a new species of beaked whale. Distributed by Dryad.
Book Review
Book Chapter
  • McGowen, Michael R., Agnew, Dalen, and Wildman, Derek E. 2013. "Reproduction and placentation in Neotropical carnivores." In Molecular population genetics, evolutionary biology, and biological conservation of neotropical carnivores. Ruiz-Garcia, Manuel and Shostell, Joseph M., editors. Nova Publishers: Hauppauge, New York.