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Robert D. Fisher

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 Robert D. Fisher 

Telephone: 202-633-1275

Fax: 202-357-1932

Email: rdfisher@usgs.gov

Museum Specialist/Collection Manager, Mammals

Primary Responsibilities: 
Care, curation, and management of the North American collection of mammals; provide specimen identifications, assist visitors in the use of the collection and associated records; process loan transactions and information requests; update computerized collection records; provide assistance to Biological Survey Unit research personnel.

Education/Training: 

BS, Marion College, 1967; Education/Biology

MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1969, Zoology

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Collection management; Taxonomy and distribution of North American mammals.
Accomplishments/Awards/Achievements: 
National Museum of Natural History Peer Recognition Community Award, 1998
USGS On-the-Spot Award, 1998
USGS Star Award, 1999

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

Publications/Products: 

Frey, J. K., R. D. Fisher, M. A. Bogan, and C. Jones. 2002. First record of the Arizona cotton rat (Sigmodon arizonae) in New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 47(3):491-493. 

Fisher, R. D. 2000. Biological Survey Unit, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/history/bsphist2.htm. 6pp. 

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

Frey, J. K., R. D. Fisher, and L. A. Ruedas. 1997. Identification and restriction of the type locality of the Manzano Mountains cottontail, Sylvilagus cognatus Nelson, 1907 (Mammalia:Lagomorpha:Leporidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 110(3):329-331.

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