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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Amphibians & Reptiles

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Phyllomedusa vaillantii Ecuador, Pastaza Province. Photographed by William W. Lamar
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    Robert P. Reynolds
    Unit Leader-USGS Biological Survey Unit
    Smithsonian Adjunct Scientist

  • Phone: (202) 633-1279
  • Fax: (202) 357-1932
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  • Mailing Address:
    USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
    Biological Survey Unit
    National Museum of Natural History
    PO Box 37012, MRC 111
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

  • Shipping Address:
    USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
    Biological Survey Unit -- Rm 378
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0111

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USGS Staff Profile
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center


B.S., University of Connecticut, 1972, Wildlife Biology
M.S., University of Connecticut, 1974, Wildlife Biology
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1978, Zoology

Research Interests

Taxonomy and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in North, Central, and South America; curation, care, and management of natural history collections; ecology of desert snakes; ecology of island reptiles.

Has senior responsibility for operation of the Biological Survey Unit; takes the lead in representing the Unit to the USGS and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, maintaining relations with the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Vertebrate Zoology, supervising the Unit's technical staff, and coordinating and supporting the Unit's administrative, scientific, and curatorial operations of the Unit. Serves as leader of the Curation of North American Vertebrates Project for USGS collection management responsibilities at the National Museum of Natural History. Develops field studies of amphibians and reptiles to document distributions and biodiversity through the collection and permanent archiving of biological samples and associated data.

Recent Publications

Reynolds, Robert P., Whatton, James F. and Gebhard, Christina A. 2014. Aspidoscelis deppii (Black-bellied Racerunner). Predation by Great Egrets. Herpetological Review, 45(1): 124-125.

Reynolds, Robert P., Whatton, James F. and Gebhard, Christina A. 2014. Gymnophthalmus speciosus (Golden Spectacled Tegu). Predation by Great Egret. Herpetological Review, 45(1): 128

MacCulloch, Ross D. and Reynolds, Robert P. 2013. Baseline inventory of amphibians and reptiles in the vicinity of Kurupukari, Guyana. Check List, 9(6): 1378-1382.

Cole, Charles J., Townsend, Carol R., Reynolds, Robert P., MacCulloch, Ross D. and Lathrop, Amy 2013. Amphibians and reptiles of Guyana, South America: illustrated keys, annotated species accounts, and a biogeographic synopsis. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 125(4): 317-578. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-125.4.317

Böhm, Monika, Collen, Ben, Baillie, Jonathan E. M., Bowles, Philip, Chanson, Janice, Cox, Neil, Hammerson, Geoffrey, Hoffmann, Michael, Livingstone, Suzanne R., Ram, Mala, Rhodin, Anders G. J., Stuart, Simon N., van Dijk, Peter Paul, Young, Bruce E., Afuang, Leticia E., Aghasyan, Aram, García, Andrés, Aguilar, Cé, Ajtic, Rastko, Akarsu, Ferdi, Alencar, Laura R. V., Allison, Allen, Ananjeva, Natalia, Anderson, Steve, Andrén, Claes, et al 2013. The conservation status of the world's reptiles. Biological Conservation, 157: 372-385. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.07.015

MacCulloch, Ross D. and Reynolds, Robert P. 2012. Amphibians and Reptiles from Paramakatoi and Kato, Guyana. Check List: Journal of Species Lists and Distributions, 8(2): 207-210.

Reynolds, Robert P. and MacCulloch, Ross D. 2012. Preliminary Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles from Baramita, Guyana. Check List: Journal of Species Lists and Distributions, 8(2): 211-214.

Wynn, Addison H., Reynolds, Robert P., Buden, Donald W., Falanruw, Marjorie C. and Lynch, Brian 2012. The unexpected discovery of blind snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) in Micronesia: two new species of Ramphotyphlops from the Caroline Islands. Zootaxa, 31: 39-54.

Reynolds, Robert P. and McDiarmid, Roy W. 2012. Voucher Specimens. In: McDiarmid, Roy W., Foster, M. S., Guyer, C., Gibbons, J. W. and Chernoff, N., Reptile Biodiversity: Standard Methods for Inventory and Monitoring. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp.89-94.

Hoffmann, Michael, Hilton-Taylor, Craig, Angulo, Ariadne, Böhm, Monika, Brooks, Thomas M., Butchart, Stuart H. M., Carpenter, Kent E., Chanson, Janice, Collen, Ben, Cox, Neil A., Darwall, William R. T., Dulvy, Nicholas K., Harrison, Lucy R., Katariya, Vineet, Pollock, Caroline M., Quader, Suhel, Richman, Nadia I., Rodrigues, Ana S. L., Tognelli, Marcelo F., Vié, Jean-Christophe, Aguiar, John M., Allen, David J., Allen, Gerald R., Amori, Giovanni, Ananjeva, Natalia B., et al 2010. The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World's Vertebrates. Science, 330(6010): 1503-1509. doi:10.1126/science.1194442

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