Mammalogy conducts research, research training, and graduate education on the world's mammals — their global diversity, evolution, geography, genomics, morphology, conservation, ecology, and behavior. These studies are grounded in research collections of 180,000 specimens and associated data.


The mammalogy research collections include extensive historical collections from Central America, Mexico, and southeast, central, western regions of the United States and Alaska. Recently added holdings include specimens from the Philippines,  New Guinea, and important historical material from Texas. The program continues to excel at emphasizing its taxonomic strengths in bats, rodents, and insectivores. Most of our collection consists of well prepared skins, skulls, and complete skeletons, with recent specimens accompanied by tissues.