IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:

Small mammals are routinely overlooked in favour of larger charismatic mammals. They have, in general, been under-studied and under-represented in terms of both conservation funding and actions. This ...

Small mammals are routinely overlooked in favour of larger charismatic mammals. They have, in general, been under-studied and under-represented in terms of both conservation funding and actions. This means that for the majority of species within the SMSG, there is a lack of even basic ecological knowledge, and very few people are working to conserve them. The SMSG is a global network of researchers and conservationists working to enable a better scientific understanding of the world’s 3000-plus species of small mammals and to promote the conservation of those which are most threatened.

Group leadership

Dr Rosalind KENNERLEY

Co-Chair

Email : rosalind.kennerley@durrell.org Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group since 2021 and prior to that was the Programme Officer for the group for five years. The role is based at ...

Email : rosalind.kennerley@durrell.org Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group since 2021 and prior to that was the Programme Officer for the group for five years. The role is based at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. In addition to SSC work, I am an independent Biodiversity and Conservation Consultant.

Dr Thomas LACHER, JR.

Co-Chair

Email : tlacher@tamu.edu Dr. Thomas E. Lacher, Jr., is a Full Professor Emeritus in Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University. He was also Senior Vice-President and Executive ...

Email : tlacher@tamu.edu Dr. Thomas E. Lacher, Jr., is a Full Professor Emeritus in Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University. He was also Senior Vice-President and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International. Dr. Lacher has been working in the Tropics for over 40 years, with field research experience in Mesoamerica, South America, and the Caribbean. He is an Associate Conservation Scientist at Re:wild in Austin, a Research Scientist at both the Instituto Tabuleiro and Instituto Neotropical in Brazil and is a member of the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group. He handles New World species for the SMSG.

 

Dr Abi GAZZARD

Red List Authority Coordinator

I am the Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group hosted by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. I mainly work on Red List assessments, assist our members and help with the day ...

I am the Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group hosted by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. I mainly work on Red List assessments, assist our members and help with the day-to-day running of the group. In 2022 I completed my PhD at the University of Reading, studying the ecology and conservation of West European Hedgehogs.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group
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