Vertebrate Zoology Staff

For inquiries and loans, contact Julia Colby, colby@mpm.edu.

MPM Vertebrate Zoology Curatorial Staff

Julia Colby – Collection Manager, Zoology
colby@mpm.edu or (414) 278-2760

Emeritus Curators

Robert W. Henderson - Curator Emeritus of Herpetology
henderson@mpm.edu

Bob Henderson’s research has been geographically focused on the West Indies, and his taxonomic focus has been on snakes. He is interested in aspects of their natural history, and how they have responded to their shared history with humans, including the dramatic changes humans have wrought on Antillean environments.

Nathan E. Kraucunas - Curator Emeritus of Birds
kraucunas@mpm.edu or (414) 278-2782

Adjunct Curators

Dr. Michael J. Pauers - Adjunct Curator of Fishes
pauers@mpm.edu or (414) 278-6947

Dr. Michael Pauers’s major research interest is in the diversification of the Lake Malawi endemic cichlid genus Labeotropheus. As currently recognized, Labeotropheus contains two species, L. fuelleborni and L. trewavasae. But, both of these species consist of several allopatric populations, each marked by a characteristic male nuptial color pattern. His research has shown that these populations, due to these color differences, behave as distinct species. He is currently examining morphological and meristic differences among some of these populations.

A second area of research involves the visual ecology of fishes. Dr. Pauers is interested in how fishes, especially cichlids, perceive colors, and how this recognition of color can contribute to a variety of behaviors, ranging from mate recognition to the modulation of aggression to even the timing of circadian behavior.