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Alfred L. Gardner

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Biological Survey Unit
National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0111

Photo of Alfred L. Gardner

Telephone: 202-633-1276

Fax: 202-357-1932

Email: agardner@usgs.gov

Research Wildlife Biologist

Primary Responsibilities: 
Curator of the National Collection of North American Mammals and the National Collection of Mammal Type Specimens in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.  Duties include research on mammalian systematics, providing identifications and other information on mammals, and overseeing the curation and maintenance of these collections. 

Education/Training: 
B.S., University of Arizona, 1962, Wildlife Management
M.S., University of Arizona, 1965, Vertebrate Zoology
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1970, Vertebrate Zoology (major), Paleontology (minor), Dissertation: The systematics of the genus Didelphis (Marsupialia: Didelphidae) in North and Middle America.

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Mammalian systematics and nomenclature, primarily of the Western Hemisphere. 

Accomplishments/Awards/Achievements: 

Patron, Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Elected 1968.
Numerario, Sociedad Mexicana de Historis Natural, Elected 1968.
Postdoctoral Fellow, M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, University of Texas, Houston, 1970-1971.
Awards for outstanding publication, Denver Wildlife Research Center, 1982 and 1987.
Hartley H. T. Jackson Award, American Society of Mammalogists, 2005.
Patronymic honors: Three mammals and three invertebrates bear the name gardneri or algardneri.

Active Projects: 

Systematics of American mammals

Selected Publications/Products: 

Gardner, Alfred L., editor . In Press. Mammals of South America, Volume 1: Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Shrews, and Bats. The University of Chicago Press, 912 p., 283 maps, Fall 2007.

Gardner, A. L. 2005. Nomenclatural Note. The gender of genus-group names ending in either –otis or –otus. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 62:183–184.

Gardner, A. L. 2005. Didelphis Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Didelphidae): proposed correction of gender, and Cryptotis Pomel, 1848 (Mammalia, Soricidae): proposed fixation of gender. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 62:142–145.

Gardner, A. L. 2005. Order Didelphimorphia. Pp. 3-18; Order Paucituberculata. Pp. 19-20; Order Microbiotheria. P. 21; Order Cingulata. Pp. 94-99; Order Pilosa. Pp. 100-103. In D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder, eds. Mammal species of the World, Third Edition. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2,142 pp.

Pinto, C. M., and A. L. Gardner. 2004 (2005). Marsupials from Argentina: comments on Ojeda and Monjeau (1995). Mastozoologia Neotropical, 11(2): 257–260.

Gardner, A. L. 2005. Been there, done that; after 44 years of preparation, what’s next? In Going afield, C. J. Philips and C. Jones, eds., 277–284. Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

Albuja V., L., and A. L. Gardner. 2005. A new species of Lonchophylla Thomas (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Ecuador. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 118(2):442-449.

Gardner, A. L., and V. Hayssen.  2004  A guide to constructing and understanding synonymies for Mammalian Species.  Mammalian Species, 739:1−17.

Voss, R. S., A. L. Gardner, and S. A. Jansa.  2004  On the relationships of “Marmosaformosa Shamel, 1930 (Marsupialia: Didelphidae), a phylogenetic puzzle from the Chaco of northern Argentina.  American Museum Novitates 3442:1-18.

Arroyo-Cabrales, J., and A. L. Gardner.  2003.  The type specimen of Anoura geoffroyi lasiopyga (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 116(3):737–741.

Gardner, A. L., and M. E. Sunquist.  2003.  Opossum, Didelphis virginiana.  Pages 3-29 in Wild mammals of North America (G. A. Feldhamer, B. C. Thompson, and J. A. Chapman, eds.).  The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, xic + 1,216 pp.

Carleton, M. D., R. D. Fisher, and A. L. Gardner.  1999.  Identification and distribution of cotton rats, genus Sigmodon (Muridae: Sigmodontinae), of Nayarit, México.  Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 112(4):813-856.

Gardner, A. L., and C. B. Robbins.  1999.  Case 3058.  Arctocephalus F. Cuvier, 1826 and Callorhinus Gray, 1859 (Mammalia, Pinnipedia): proposed conservation by the designation of Phoca pusilla Schreber, [1775] as the type species of Arctocephalus; and Otaria Péron, 1816 and Eumetopias Gill, 1866: proposed conservation by the designation of Phoca leonina Molina, 1782 as the type species of Otaria.  Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 56(2):136-141. 

Gardner, A. L., and P. Cortés-Calva. 1999.  Didelphidae.  Pages 29-38, in S. T. Alvarez-Castañeda and J. L. Patton (eds.), Mamíferos del noroeste de México.  Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C., La Paz, Baja California Sur, México, 583 pp. 

Medellín, R. A., A. L. Gardner, and J. M. Aranda.  1998.  The taxonomic status of the Yucatán brown brocket, Mazama pandora (Mammalia: Cervidae).  Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 111(1):1-14.   

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