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Suzanne Christina Peurach 

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

Photo of Suzanne Christina Peurach 

Telephone: 202-633-1277

Fax: 202-357-1932


Museum Specialist, Mammals

Primary Responsibilities: 
Curation and conservation of North American mammalian voucher specimens; identification and cataloging of incoming collections of mammals; fields questions from researchers and the public and provides specimen data and information.  Duties also include the preparation, shipment and documentation of specimen loans to areas within and outside of the United States; collection of mammals in the field as well as systematic investigations; and maintaining, updating and adding records to the electronic database.

M.S., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2005, Biology
B.S., cum laude, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1994; Biology 

Areas of Expertise/Interest:
North American mammal voucher specimen identification, preparation, curation and conservation; trapping and mist-netting of mammals; identification of mammal hair using light microscopy as well as scanning electron microscopy; organization and maintenance of the U. S. National Museum bat banding records.

2004:  Time Off Recognition for support to the Biological Survey Unit during the job search for a Museum Ornithologist.

2003:  Star Award in recognition for time and effort devoted to the identification of wildlife involved in aircraft strikes.

2000 and 2001: U.S. Air Force grant awarded for identification of bats involved in aircraft strikes.

1999: Star Award for contribution to the curation and conservation of fluid preserved specimens.

1998: On the Spot Award for identification of problems and researching solutions for the reorganization and conservation of the fluid preserved specimens.

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

Selected Publications/Products: 

Woodman, N., C. J. Dove, and S. C. Peurach. 2005. A curious pellet from a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). Northeastern Naturalist, 12(2):127-132. (Full text in PDF)

Peurach, S. 2004. Bat strike! Flying Safety Magazine, 60(9):18-19.

Peurach, S. C. 2004. History and current status of the Bat Banding Office, National Museum of Natural History. Bat Research News, 45(2):35-41.

Peurach, S. C. 2003. High-altitude collision between an airplane and a hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereus. Bat Research News, 44(1):2-3. (Full text in PDF)

Dove, C. J., and S. C. Peurach. 2002. Microscopic Analysis of Feather and Hair Fragments Associated with Human Mummified Remains from Kagamil Island, Alaska. Pp 51-62 In: B. Frohlich, A. B. Harper, and R. Gilberg, editors. To the Aleutians and Beyond - The Anthropology of William S. Laughlin. Publications of the National Museum, Ethnographical Series, The National Museum of Denmark, Volume 20, Copenhagen, 382 pp. (Full text in PDF)

Dove, C. J. and S. C. Peurach [Collins].  2001.  The use of microscopic hair characters to aid in identification of a bat involved in a damaging aircraft strike.  Bat Research News 42(1):10-11.

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