Maria Eifler examining a specimen, behind a table with many skeletal mammal specimens


KU Mammalogy conducts research, training, and graduate education on the global diversity of mammals.


Research in Mammalogy is exceptionally diverse, including studies of phylogeny, phylogeography, genomics, distribution, diversity, ecology, and conservation of mammals and their symbionts. Our research team includes faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

KU student and Curator Jocelyn Colella in the field, sorting two trays full of specimens of squirrels


KU Mammalogy ranks among the five largest mammal collections in the world and is the second largest university-based research collection, with >180,000 cataloged specimens. Taxonomic strengths are in rodents, bats, and insectivores. Geographic strengths in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the American West.

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Several bear skulls featuring large teeth, sitting on a shelf from the collection.