Ord’s kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ordii) COSEWIC assessment and status report: chapter 15


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Biographical Summary of Report Writers

David Gummer is the Curator of Mammalogy at the Royal Alberta Museum. He acquired his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005 and M.Sc. from the University of Calgary in 1997. His primary research interests and expertise are ecology and conservation biology of prairie mammals, seasonal activities and hibernation of small mammals, and biogeography. David prepared the original COSEWIC report on Ord’s kangaroo rats in 1994-1995 and has conducted research on the population and its habitat ever since. He is a member of the Alberta Recovery Team for Ord’s kangaroo rats.

Darren Bender is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. He teaches in the Graduate Program of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) in the Department of Geography, and he holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences. Darren received his Ph.D. in biology from Carleton University in 2000, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Fishery & Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University prior to his appointment at the University of Calgary in 2001. He has research expertise in the fields of landscape ecology, population biology and geographic information systems. Much of his recent research has focused on landscape effects on small mammal populations, including Ord’s kangaroo rats. Darren’s earliest work on kangaroo rats began in 1995, and he is a member of the Alberta Recovery Team for Ord’s kangaroo rats.


Collections Examined

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [collections data]
Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [collections data]
Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada [collections data]
United States National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution), Washington D.C., USA [collections data]
University of Alberta Museum of Zoology, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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