Ronald (Ron) Archie Nussbaum, Ph.D.

1972 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 
 1974-1993 Museum of Zoology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI 
systematics, evolution, ecology, herpetology, caecilians
"Ronald (Ron) Nussbaum"

Dr. Nussbaum is interested in the systematics, evolution, and ecology of amphibians and reptiles. He has published extensively on the the systematics of caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona). His field research and curatorial activities have been focussed on the Pacific Northwest (U. S. and Canada), the Seychelles Archipelago, and recently Madagascar. His work in Madagascar involves biodiversity surveys of amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals in the diminishing forests of that large island. Much of his research is related to conservation issues, and he is director of an IUCN-Species Survival project aimed at assessing the status of the amphibian fauna of Madagascar and the Seychelles Archipelago. Dr. Nussbaum has had a long and continuing interest in the evolution of partental care, parental investment, demography, and life history strategies.


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Maddock ST, Briscoe AG, Wilkinson M, et al. (2016) Next-Generation Mitogenomics: A Comparison of Approaches Applied to Caecilian Amphibian Phylogeny. Plos One. 11: e0156757
Rocha LA, Aleixo A, Allen G, et al. (2014) Specimen collection: an essential tool. Science (New York, N.Y.). 344: 814-5
Maddock ST, Day JJ, Nussbaum RA, et al. (2014) Evolutionary origins and genetic variation of the Seychelles treefrog, Tachycnemis seychellensis (Duméril and Bibron, 1841) (Amphibia: Anura: Hyperoliidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 75: 194-201
San Mauro D, Gower DJ, Müller H, et al. (2014) Life-history evolution and mitogenomic phylogeny of caecilian amphibians. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 73: 177-89
Lewis CJ, Maddock ST, Day JJ, et al. (2014) Development of anonymous nuclear markers from Illumina paired-end data for Seychelles caecilian amphibians (Gymnophiona: Indotyphlidae) Conservation Genetics Resources. 6: 289-291
Kotharambath R, Wilkinson M, Oommen OV, et al. (2012) On the systematics, distribution and conservation status of Ichthyophis longicephalus Pillai, 1986 (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Ichthyophiidae) Journal of Natural History. 46: 2935-2959
Gower DJ, San Mauro D, Giri V, et al. (2011) Molecular systematics of caeciliid caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) of the Western Ghats, India. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59: 698-707
Hoffmann M, Hilton-Taylor C, Angulo A, et al. (2010) The impact of conservation on the status of the world's vertebrates. Science (New York, N.Y.). 330: 1503-9
Gower DJ, Rajendran A, Nussbaum RA, et al. (2008) A new species of Uraeotyphlus (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Uraeotyphlidae) of the Malabaricus group Herpetologica. 64: 235-245
Raxworthy CJ, Pearson RG, Zimkus BM, et al. (2008) Continental speciation in the tropics: Contrasting biogeographic patterns of divergence in the Uroplatus leaf-tailed gecko radiation of Madagascar Journal of Zoology. 275: 423-440
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