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Robert P. Reynolds

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Biological Survey Unit
National Museum of Natural History
PO Box 37012
Room 378, MRC 111
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Photo of Robert P. Reynolds

Telephone: 202-633-1279

Fax: 202-357-1932

Email: rpreynolds@usgs.gov 

Unit Leader – Biological Survey Unit
Adjunct Scientist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Primary Responsibilities: 
Has senior responsibility for operation of the Biological Survey Unit; takes the lead in representing the Unit to the USGS and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, maintaining relations with the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Vertebrate Zoology, supervising the Unit’s technical staff, and coordinating and supporting the Unit’s administrative, scientific, and curatorial operations.  Serves as leader of the Curation of North American Vertebrates Project for USGS collection management responsibilities at the National Museum of Natural History.  Develops field studies of amphibians and reptiles to document distributions and biodiversity through the collection and permanent archiving of biological samples and associated data.

Education/Training: 

B.S., University of Connecticut, 1972, Wildlife Biology 

M.S., University of Connecticut, 1974, Wildlife Biology 

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1978, Zoology

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Taxonomy and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in North, Central, and South America; curation, care, and management of natural history collections; ecology of desert snakes; ecology of island reptiles

Accomplishments/Awards/Achievements: 

Department of The Interior Bureau Specific Award, 2006

Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Award, 2006

Department of The Interior STAR Award, 2004

Smithsonian Institution PRIDE (Personal Recognition for Ingenuity, Drive, and Excellence) Award, 2003

Smithsonian Institution’s Biological Diversity of the Guianas Program grant, August-September 2000, for studying Guyana amphibian and reptile specimens at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and at The Natural History Museum, London, England

Smithsonian Institution’s Neotropical Lowlands Research Program grant, 1999, entitled “Biological Diversity among Amphibians, Reptiles, and Mammals in Guyana”; Smithsonian Institution Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program grant, 1997, entitled ”Herpetological Investigations in the Lower Urubamba Basin, Cusco Province, Peru”; National Museum of Natural History Research Opportunity Fund grant, 1995, entitled “Herpetological Investigations in the Maya Mountains, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, Belize.”

Active Projects: 
Curation of the North American Vertebrate Collections, Smithsonian Institution

Publications/Products: 

Reynolds, R. P., S. W. Gotte, and C. H. Ernst. 2007. Catalog of Type Specimens of Recent Crocodilia and Testudines in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology No. 626, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, DC. 56pp. (Link to PDF)

MacCulloch, R. D., A. Lathrop, R. P. Reynolds, J. C. Señaris, and G. E. Schneider. 2007. Herpetofauna of Mount Roraima, Guiana Shield Region, Northeastern South America. Herpetological Review, 38(1):24-30. (Link to PDF)

Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., and R. P. Reynolds. 2007. New records of Phyllonastes Heyer, 1977 from Ecuador and Peru. Herpetozoa, 19(3/4):184-186. (Link to PDF)

Reynolds, R. P. 2006. Book Review. Donnelly M. A., Crothers B., Guyer C., Wake M. H., White M. E. (Eds.)., Ecology and Evolution in the Tropics — A Herpetological Perspective, University of Chicago Press, 2005, Pages 675. Biological Conservation 127:128.

Hollowell, T. and R. P. Reynolds, (eds.), 2005. Checklist of the Terrestrial Vertebrates of the Guiana Shield. Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington, no. 13. (Link to PDF)

Hollowell, T. and R. P. Reynolds. 2005. Introduction. Pp. 1-6. In Hollowell, T. and R. P. Reynolds (eds.), Checklist of the Terrestrial Vertebrates of the Guiana Shield. Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington, no. 13.

Reynolds, R., R. MacCulloch, M. Tamessar, C. Watson, C. J. Cole, and C. Townsend.  2001.  Preliminary checklist of the herpetofauna of Guyana. http://www.mnh.si.edu/biodiversity/bdg/guyherps.html   

Middendorf, G., and R. Reynolds.  2000.  Herpetofauna of the Beni Biological Station Biosphere Reserve, Amazonian Bolivia: Additional information, and current knowledge in context. Pp. 151-169 In O. Herrera-MacBryde, F. Dallmeier, B. MacBryde, J. A. Cominskey and C. Miranda (Eds.) Biodiversity, Conservation and Management in the Region of the Beni Biological Station Biosphere Reserve, Bolivia.  SI/MAB Series No. 4, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 423 pp. 

Gotte, S. W., and R. P. Reynolds.  1998.  Observations on the effects of alcohol vs. formalin storage of amphibian larvae.  http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/resshow/reynld1rs/amphlarv.htm  

Reynolds, R., T. Fritts, S. Gotte, J. Icochea, and G. Tello.  1997.  Amphibians and reptiles I: Biodiversity assessment in the Lower Urubamba region. Pp. 213-221 In F. Dallmeier and A. Alonso (Eds.), Biodiversity Assessment and Long-Term Monitoring, Lower Urubamba Region, San Martin-3 and Cashiriari-2 Well Sites. SI/MAB Series # 1.  Smithsonian Institution/MAB Biodiversity Program, Washington, D. C. 368 pp. 

Reynolds, R. P., and J. Icochea M.  1997.  Amphibians and reptiles of the upper Rio Comainas, Cordillera del Cóndor. Pp. 82-86, 202-206 In T. S. Schulenberg and K. Awbrey (Eds.), The Cordillera del Cóndor region of Ecuador and Peru: A Biological Assessment.  Rapid Assessment Working Paper No. 7, Conservation International, Washington, D. C. 231pp.

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