The American Society of Mammalogists

The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) was established in 1919 for the purpose of promoting interest in the study of mammals.  In addition to being among the most charismatic of animals, mammals are important in many disciplines from paleontology to ecology and evolution.  We, of course, are mammals and thus are in the interesting position of studying ourselves in quest of a greater understanding of the role of mammals in the natural world.  The ASM is currently composed of over 2,500 members, many of whom are professional scientists.  Members of the Society have always had a strong interest in the public good, and this is reflected in their involvement in providing information for public policy, resources management, conservation, and education.  It publishes the highly-ranked periodical Journal of Mammalogy and Mammalian Species, as well as Special Publications.

A majority of my service is directed towards the American Society of Mammalogists.  This primarily entails working as an Associate Editor (subject editor) for the Journal of Mammalogy.  I Chair the Public Relations Committee, and serve on the Conservation Awards Committee and Publications Committee.  I also serve as an evaluator for student presentations at the ASM Annual Meeting.

Thorn Creek Nature Center and Preserve

The Thorn Creek Nature, Center seen in the picture at left, is an early 20th Century church with numerous natural history exhibits.  The Church serves as a focal point for the 1,250-acre preserve.  I currently serve as Vice-president of Friends of Thorn Creek, a local citizens group involved with operations of the Nature Center and Preserve.  I also serve on the Thorn Creek Scientific Advisory Panel.  There are currently eight research projects within the Preserve; the Panel reviews all proposed projects for scientific quality. 

Regional High School Groups

I periodically host groups of high school students at the GSU field station.  This provides students with a "hands-on" learning experience in field biology.  Because of our proximity to Chicago, many of the students come from highly urbanized backgrounds.  The opportunity for them to observe mist netting, participate in plant sampling, or get involved with aquatic chemistry is a unique experience.


I have served as a reviewer for Journal of Mammalogy, ACTA Theriologica, American Midland Naturalist, Ecology, and the National Science Foundation.

Internal Committees

I currently serve on two committees at the University: (1) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Chair, and (2) GSU Doctorial Program Development Committee.