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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

Labrador Duck
Labrador Duck
Christina Gebhard © Smithsonian Institution
bar Image of Brian K. Schmidt, Museum Specialist
    Brian K. Schmidt
    Point of Contact, Museum Specialist

  • Phone: (202) 633-0796
  • Fax: (202) 633-8084
  • E-mail: ContactSmithBirds[at]
  • E-mail: schmidtb[at]

  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    PO Box 37012, MRC 116
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Division of Birds
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0116


B.S., University of Puget Sound (1991), Mathematics and Biology

Research Interests

Responsible for collection management activities, including accessions, specimen preparation, cataloging, specimen installations, loans, information requests, and assisting visitors. Interests in field work, specimen preparation, collection databases, web design, and computer graphics.

Recent Publications

Glowska, Eliza and Schmidt, Brian K. 2014. New taxa of the subfamily Picobiinae (Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae) parasitizing antbirds and gnateaters (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae, Conopophagidae) in Guyana. Zootaxa, 3861(2): 193-200.

Glowska, Eliza and Schmidt, Brian K. 2014. New quill mites (Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae) parasitizing the black-headed paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer (Passeriformes: Monarchidae) in Gabon. Zootaxa, 3786(1): 57-64. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3786.1.3

Sanchez, Cesar, Saucier, Jacob R., Benham, Phred M., Lane, Daniel F., Gibbons, Richard E., Valqui, Thomas, Figeroa, Sheila A., Schmitt, C. J., Sanchez, Cynthia, Schmidt, Brian K., Milenski, Chris M., Garcia Bravo, Antonio and Garcia Olaechea, Diego 2012. New and noteworthy Records from Northwestern Peru, Department of Tumbes. Boletín Informativo UNOP, 7(2): 18-36.

Schindel, David E., Stoeckle, Mark, Milensky, Chris, Trizna, Michael, Schmidt, Brian K., Gebhard, Christina and Graves, Gary R. 2011. Project Description: DNA Barcodes of Bird Species in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA. Zookeys, 152: 87-91. doi:10.3897/zookeys.152.2473

Complete List of Schmidt's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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