David L. Reed
Curator of Mammals

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 Mathis
Reed Molecular Lab Manager/Mammal Collections Managerverity_bat
My research interests broadly focus on systematics and taxonomy of mammals, but I am interested in anything related to mammalian evolutionary history, from higher level molecular systematics, to phylogenetics, to population-level genetic processes.