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Lundrigan, Barbara, Ph.D.

Curator of Mammalogy & Ornithology
Associate Professor of Zoology

Research Interests/Experience

Dr. Lundrigan's research integrates data from a variety of sources (behavior, morphology, and molecules) to address questions in mammalian evolution. Recent examples include a study of the effects of diet on skull morphology of prairie deer (with M. Zelditch); a comparative study of behavioral and morphological ontogeny in carnivores (with K. Holekamp); and exploration of climate-induced changes in the small mammal communities of the Northern Great Lakes region (with P. Myers).
 
Dr. Lundrigan encourages her graduate students to work on projects of their own devising within the broad realm of ecology, behavior, morphology, and systematics of mammals. Current graduate students are studying geographical variation in morphology of the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta; population genetics of range expansion in white-footed mice, Peromyscus leucopus; and mechanisms underlying climate-induced range changes in Michigan's small mammal community.
 

Selected Publications

  • Lundrigan, B. (in press) Standard methods for measuring mammals. In: “Wild Mammals in Captivity, Principles and Techniques” (H. Harris, D.G. Kleiman, M.E. Allen, K.V. Thompson, eds.) University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Watts, H. E., J. B. Tanner, B. L. Lundrigan, and K. E. Holekamp (2009). “Post-weaning maternal effects and the evolution of female dominance in the spotted hyena.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 276, 2291-2298.
  • Watts, H. E., J. B. Tanner, B. L. Lundrigan, and K. E. Holekamp (2009). “Post-weaning maternal effects and the evolution of female dominance in the spotted hyena.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 276, 2291-2298.
  • Myers, P., B. Lundrigan, S. Hoffman, A. Haraminac, and S. Seto (2009) “Climate-induced changes in the small mammal communities of the northern Great Lakes,” Global Change Biology, 15, 1434-1454.
  • Holekamp, K., S. Sakai, and B. Lundrigan (2007). "Social intelligence in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 362:523-538.
  • Zelditch, M., J. Mezey, B. L. Lundrigan, and T. Garland, Jr. (2006). "Developmental regulation of skull morphology II: Ontogenetic dynamics of covariance," Evolution and Development, 8: 46-60.
  • Myers, P., B. Lundrigan and C. Vande Kopple (2004). Climate change and the distribution of Peromyscus in Michigan- Is Global warming already having an impact? In Mammalian Diversification: From Population Genetics to Phylogeography (E.A. Lacey & P. Myers, eds.) University of California Press: Berkeley, CA.
  • Lundrigan, B.L., S. Jansa and P.K. Tucker (2002). Phylogenetic relationships in the genus Mus based on maternally, paternally, and bi-parentally inherited characters. Systematic Biology 51: 410-431.

Selected Exhibitions

  • "Primates, Mammals of the First Order" with W. Lovis and M. Gottfried, MSU Museum, in preparation
  • "Animal Weapons: Nature's Arms Race," with M. Gottfried, MSU Museum, March-October 2000

Degrees

Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 1988
M.A., Biology, Smith College, 1979
 

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