Barbara L. Lundrigan


Associate Professor of Zoology
Curator of Mammalogy and Ornithology
Michigan State University Museum

Michigan State University Museum
East Lansing, MI 48824-1045

telephone: (517) 355-6752
fax: (517) 432-2846


Current Research Interests

My research integrates data from a variety of sources -- behavior, morphology, and molecules -- to address questions in mammalian evolution. Recent examples include a comparative study of the relationship between rodent skull ontogeny and life-history strategies (with M. Zelditch); investigations of carnivore behavioral and morphological ontogeny (with K. Holekamp and S. Sakai); and exploration of the causes and consequences of geographical range changes in Great Lake’s Peromyscus (with P. Myers, S. Hoffman, and A. McAdam).

I encourage my graduate students to work on projects of their own design within the broad realm of ecology, behavior, morphology, and systematics of mammals. Current graduate students are studying the ecology and behavior of the African forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus); geographical variation in skull morphology of the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta; and population genetics of Great Lake’s Peromyscus.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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