Senior Curator of Mammals
Jerry Herman is Senior Curator of Vertebrates and specialises in mammals.
Dr Herman first studied botany at the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in biology from the University of York. He spent a year working in the palaeontology section of the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, but joined the mammal section at National Museums Scotland in 1984 and has been here ever since.
He is mainly interested in the evolution and biogeography of wild mammals, especially some of the more common species of mice and voles. He is using molecular genetic and morphological variation in their populations to gain insights into the evolutionary process and their changing geographical distributions. He is also interested in the past and present interactions of these species with human populations.
His research is focused on mammals found in the British Isles, mainland Europe, Turkey and the Near East and he works with collaborators in many countries, including France, Poland, Turkey and the US. He is also an editor of the Mammal Research journal.
Ongoing projects include:
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.
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