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Neal Woodman

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

Photo of Neal Woodman

Telephone: 202-633-1278

Fax: 202-357-1932


Research Zoologist and Curator of Mammals

Primary Responsibilities: 
Carrying out original field and collection-based research on mammals
Curation and oversight of the national research collection of mammals
Serving as authority on mammals for public institutions and agencies

Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1992; Systematics and Ecology
M. Phil., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1986; Systematics and Ecology
M.S., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Geology
B.A., Earlham College, Richmond, IN; Geology

Areas of Expertise/Interest:
Systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, and community dynamics of shrews (Soricidae) 
Inventory of tropical mammal faunas 
Ecological and biogeographical significance of Quaternary mammalian assemblages
Evolutionary significance of size variation 
Curation, care, and management of systematic mammal collections

Active Projects: 
Systematics, taxonomy, and biogeography of shrews (Soricidae)

PDFs of many of these articles are available at

Feinstein, S., and N. Woodman. 2012. Shrews, Rats, and a Polecat in the Pardoner’s Tale. Pp. 49–66 in, C. Van Dyke, ed., Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Woodman, N. 2012. This shrew is a jumping mouse (Mammalia, Dipodidae): Sorex dichrurus Rafinesque 1833 is a synonym of Zapus hudsonius (Zimmermann 1780). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 125(3):308-316. abstract

Woodman, N., J. O. Matson, T. J. McCarthy, R. P. Eckerlin, W. Bulmer, and N. Ordóñez-Garza. 2012. Distributional records of shrews (Mammalia, Soricomorpha) from northern Central America, with the first record of Sorex from Honduras. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 80(3):207–237. abstract

Woodman, N. 2012. Taxonomic status and relationships of Sorex obscurus parvidens Jackson, 1921, from California. Journal of Mammalogy 93:826–838. abstract

Woodman, N. 2011. Nomenclatural notes and identification of small-eared shrews (Mammalia: genus Cryptotis) from Cobán, Guatemala, in the Natural History Museum, London. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 124:249–258. abstract

Woodman, N. 2011. Patterns of morphological variation among semi-fossorial shrews in the highlands of Guatemala, with the description of a new species (Mammalia, Soricomorpha, Soricidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163:1267–1288. abstract

Woodman, N. 2010. Two new shrews (Soricidae) from the western highlands of Guatemala. Journal of Mammalogy 91(3): 566-579. abstract

Woodman, N. 2010. History and dating of the publication of the Philadelphia (1822) and London (1823) editions of Edwin James’s Account of an Expedition to the Rocky Mountains. Archives of Natural History, 37(1):28-38. abstract

Woodman, N., and R. Stephens. 2010. At the foot of the shrew: manus morphology distinguishes closely-related Cryptotis goodwini and Cryptotis griseoventris (Mammalia, Soricidae) in Central America. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 99(1):118-134. abstract

Woodman, N., and N. B. Athfield. 2009. Post-Clovis Survival of American Mastodon (Mammut americanum) in the southern Great Lakes Region of North America. Quaternary Research 72(3):359-363. abstract

Woodman, N. 2009. The Stephen H. Long Expedition (1819–1820), Titian R. Peale’s field illustrations, and the lost holotypes of the North American shrews Sorex brevicaudus Say and Sorex parvus Say (Mammalia: Soricidae) from the Philadelphia Museum. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 122(1):117-129. abstract

Woodman, N., and J. E. Pefaur. 2008. Order Soricomorpha Gregory, 1910. Pages 177-187 in A. L. Gardner, ed. Mammals of South America. Volume I: Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Shrews, and Bats. University of Chicago Press, Chicago [The volume incorrectly gives 2007 as year of publication].

Woodman, N., and J. W. Branstrator. 2008. The Overmyer Mastodon (Mammut americanum) from Fulton County, Indiana. American Midland Naturalist 159:125-146. abstract

Woodman, N. 2007. A new species of nectar-feeding bat, genus Lonchophylla, from western Colombia and western Ecuador (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 120:340-358. abstract

Woodman, N., and R. M. Timm. 2006. Characters and phylogenetic relationships of nectar-feeding bats, with descriptions of new Lonchophylla from western South America (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae: Lonchophyllini). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 119:437-476. abstract

Woodman, N. 2005. Size evolution in Goodwin’s small-eared shrew, Cryptotis goodwini. Pages 125-138 in J. F. Merritt, S. Churchfield, R. Hutterer, and B. A. Sheftel, eds. Advances in the Biology of Shrews II. Special Publication 01. International Society of Shrew Biologists, New York, NY. xiii, 454 pp. book info

Woodman, N. 2005. Evolution and biogeography of Mexican small-eared shrews of the Cryptotis mexicana-group (Insectivora: Soricidae). Pages 523-534 in V. Sánchez-Cordero and R. A. Medellín, eds. Contribuciones Mastozoológicas en Homenaje a Bernardo Villa (Contributions to Mexican Mammalogy in Honor of Dr. Bernardo Villa). Instituto de Biología and Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and CONABIO, Mexico City. 706 pp.

Woodman, N., and James P. J. Morgan. 2005. Skeletal morphology of the forefoot in shrews (Mammalia: Soricidae) of the genus Cryptotis, as revealed by digital x-rays. Journal of Morphology 266:60-73. abstract

Woodman, N., and D. A. Croft. 2005. Fossil shrews from Honduras and their significance for late glacial evolution in body size (Mammalia: Soricidae: Cryptotis). Fieldiana, Geology, New Series 51(1534):1-30. abstract

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

Woodman, N., and A. Díaz de Pascual. 2004. Cryptotis meridensis. Mammalian Species 761:1-5. PDF

Woodman, N. 2004. Designation of the type species of Musaraneus Pomel 1848 (Mammalia: Soricomorpha: Soricidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 117:280-284. PDF

Woodman, N. 2003. A new small-eared shrew of the Cryptotis nigrescens-group from Colombia (Mammalia: Soricomorpha: Soricidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 116:853-872. PDF

Woodman, N. 2003. New record of the rare emballonurid bat Centronycteris centralis Thomas, 1912 in Costa Rica, with notes on feeding habits. Caribbean Journal of Science 39:399-402. PDF

Woodman, N., C. A. Cuartas C., and C. A. Delgado V. 2003. The humerus of Cryptotis colombiana and its bearing on the phylogenetic relationships of the species (Soricomorpha: Soricidae). Journal of Mammalogy 84:832-839. abstract

Woodman, N. 2002. A new species of small-eared shrew from Colombia and Venezuela (Mammalia: Soricomorpha: Soricidae: Genus Cryptotis). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 115:249-272. PDF

Woodman, N., E. Schneider, P. Grant, D. Same, K. E. Schmall, and J. T. Curtis. 2002. A new southern distributional limit for the Central American rodent Peromyscus stirtoni. Caribbean Journal of Science 38:281-284. PDF

Pine, R. H., N. Woodman, and R. M. Timm. 2002. Rediscovery of Enders's small-eared shrew, Cryptotis endersi (Insectivora: Soricidae), with a redescription of the species. Mammalian Biology 67:372-377. PDF

Woodman, N.  2000.  Cryptotis merriami Choate in Costa Rica: syntopy with Cryptotis nigrescens (Allen) and possible character displacement.  Caribbean Journal of Science 36(3-4):289-299.   PDF

Woodman, N., and R. M. Timm.  2000.  Taxonomy and evolutionary relationships of Phillips’ small-eared shrew, Cryptotis phillipsii (Schaldach, 1966), from Oaxaca, Mexico (Mammalia: Rodentia: Soricidae).  Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 113:339-355.  PDF

Woodman, N., A. Rucker, M. C. Thompson, J. Love, and S. Mount.  2000.  The modern riparian vegetational community at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas: a blend of new species and old.  Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 103(1-2):22-37.  abstract (scroll down)

Woodman, N., and R. M. Timm.  1999.  Geographic variation and evolutionary relationships among broad-clawed shrews of the Cryptotis goldmani-group (Mammalia: Insectivora: Soricidae).  Fieldiana: Zoology (new series) 91:1-35.  full text links

Woodman, N., R. M. Timm, N. A. Slade, and T. J. Doonan.  1996.  Comparison of traps and baits for censusing small mammals in Neotropical lowlands.  Journal of Mammalogy 77(1):274-281. abstract

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