Curator Profiles

Alvarez, Juan S.

Avery, Julie A.

Berryman, Val Roy

Dewhurst, C. Kurt

Gottfried, Michael D.

Kozma, LuAnne

Lovis, William A.

Lundrigan, Barbara

MacDowell, Marsha

O'Gorman, Jodie A.

Rasmussen, Pamela C.

Swanson, Lynne

Worrall, Mary

Museum Director

Gary Morgan

Pamela C. Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Pamela C. Rasmussen Assistant Curator of Mammalogy & Ornithology, MSU Museum
Assistant Professor, MSU Department of Zoology
Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution
Scientific Associate, Bird Group, Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Tring, UK, 2002-present
Member of Editorial Board, Systematics and Biodiversity, 2003-present
Adjunct Assistant Scientific Associate, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, 2003-present
Fellow, American Ornithologists’ Union, 2007
American Ornithologists Union (AOU) Committee on Classification & Nomenclature, 1999-present
Associate Editor, The Ibis, 1998-present
Aves Editor, Zootaxa, 2008-present

Research Interests/Experience

Dr. Rasmussen's research focuses on the diversity, vocalizations, taxonomy, and conservation of the avifauna of southern Asia. She recently (2005) co-authored a two-volume book, Birds of South Asia: the Ripley Guide, which was published in April 2005. She has also worked on systematics, ecology, behavior, and zooarcheology of Patagonian seabirds, and co-authored (with Dr. Storrs Olson) a review of the Mio-Pliocene avifauna of North Carolina.

Media Featuring Rasmussen's Research
Selected Publications
  • Renner, S.C., P.C. Rasmussen, J.H. Rappole, Theing Aung, & Myint Aung. 2009. Discovery of the Large Blue Flycatcher Cyornis [banyumas] magnirostris breeding in northern Kachin State (Burma/Myanmar) and taxonomic implications for the Cyornis-group. J. Orn. 150: 671-683.
  • Svensson, L., R. Prys-Jones, P.C. Rasmussen, & U. Olsson. 2008. Discovery of ten new specimens of large-billed reed warbler Acrocephalus orinus, and new insights into its distributional range. J. Avian Biol. 39: 605-610.
  • Alström, P., P.C. Rasmussen, U. Olsson, & P. Sundberg. 2008. Species delimitation based on multiple criteria: the Spotted Bush Warbler Bradypterus thoracicus complex (Aves: Megaluridae). Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society 154: 291-307.
  • Indrawan, M., P.C. Rasmussen, & Sunarto. Submitted. A new species of white-eye (Zosterops) from the Togian Islands, Gulf of Tomini, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
  • Grenyer, R., C.D.L. Orme, S.F. Jackson, G.H. Thomas, R.G. Davies, T.J. Davies, K.E. Jones, V.A. Olson, R.S. Ridgely, P.C. Rasmussen, T.S. Ding, P.M. Bennett, T.M. Blackburn, K.J. Gaston, J.L. Gittleman, & I.P.F. Owens. 2006. The global distribution and conservation of rare and threatened vertebrates. Nature 444: 93-96.
  • Johnson, J.A., H.R.L. Lerner, P.C. Rasmussen, & D.P. Mindell. 2006. Systematics within Gyps vultures: a clade at risk. BMC-Evolutionary Biology 6.
  • Orme, C.D.L., R.G. Davies, M. Burgess, F. Eigenbrod, N. Pickup, V. Olson, A.J. Webster, T.-S. Ding, P.C. Rasmussen, R.S. Ridgely, A.J. Stattersfield, P.M. Bennett, T.M. Blackburn, K.J. Gaston, & I.P.F. Owens. 2005. Global hotspots of species richness are not congruent with endemism or threat. Nature 436:1016-1019.
  • Rasmussen, P.C. & J.C. Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: the Ripley guide. 2 vols. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Selected Exhibitions
  • “Avelution: Birds in the Development of Darwin’s Theories of Evolution,” Michigan State University Museum, 2010
  • "Birds of South Asia: History vs. Mystery," Michigan State University Museum, 2003-2004 and Detroit Zoo Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, 2005-2006


Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1990
M.S., Walla Walla College, 1983

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