David L. Reed
Associate Curator

My work focuses on host/parasite coevolution. Lately, I’ve been driven by questions relating to the extent with which we can infer host evolutionary history simply by studying their host-specific parasites. For example, human head and body lice show a population expansion coinciding with that of their modern human hosts about 100,000 years ago. Might we be able to use human lice to learn more about human migrations such as the Peopling of the Americas?

This interest has led to new studies of co-demography and DNA sequence simulations that permit us to determine how human parasites have responded to their human hosts.

Verity L. Mathis
Collections Manager

Verity is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Mammal Collection. If you have questions about our holdings, would like to request a loan, or need access to the collection, she is the one to contact. Visit her website for more information on her research interests. For more information about the Mammal Collection, please go here.

Joshua Ringer

Josh runs the museum’s dermestid beetle colony and works with mammals, birds, herps, and fishes in getting specimens ready for deposition into the collections.  Before taking that position, he previously worked as a collections associate in the Mammal Collection.

Jennifer Newkirk

Jennifer works with Josh, running the museum’s dermestid beetle colony.  She began volunteering in the mammal collections as an undergraduate in 2014 and has been in the preparator position since 2017.