University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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University of Michigan
Museum of Zoology
1109 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

2017 Ruthven

(734) 647-2201


Ron  Nussbaum

Professor and Curator

Field of Study

Systematics, evolution, and ecology of amphibians and reptiles

Adademic Background

Ron Nussbaum received his B. S. (Biology) from the University of Idaho in 1967, M. S. (Biology) from Central Washington University in 1968, and Ph.D. (Zoology) from Oregon State University in 1972.

Professional career: 1972-74, Research Associate (Zoology), Oregon State University; 1974-present, Professor (Biology) and Curator (Museum of Zoology), University of Michigan and Director of the Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan from 1983-2006.

Research Interests

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.


Jay Reed