Suzy is a Museum Specialist at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center's Biological Survey Unit located at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Museum Support Center in Washington, DC.
Responsible for curation and conservation of North American mammalian voucher specimens, identification and cataloging of incoming collections, and answering information requests. Duties also include the preparation, shipment, and documentation of specimen loans; the collecting of mammals in the field; and maintaining, updating, and adding records to the electronic database. Interests include identification and systematic investigations of mammal hair using light and scanning electron microscopy, and the organization and maintenance of the U. S. National Museum bat banding records.
M.S. (Biology): George Mason University, 2005
B.S. (Biology): University of New Mexico, 1994
Science and Products
Scientists and staff of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center stationed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) do research on the systematics and conservation of vertebrate species and curate and manage the North American collections of Amphibian, Reptile, Bird, and Mammal specimens and associated records.
The Challenge: Although wildlife strikes have been investigated for decades, awareness of the dangers involved with aircraft/wildlife collisions was brought to the attention of the public when US Airways Flight 1549 struck what turned out to be a flock of Canada geese in 2009. Wildlife/aircraft collisions can be hazardous not only to the animal(s) involved, but also to people and costly...
The Challenge: How can we preserve and maintain evidence from our scientific past and continue to smartly expand that resource to help scientists find the answers to the questions and challenges they will face in the future?
Crotalus aquilus in the Mexican state of Mexico consumes a diverse summer diet
We report observations of the summer diet of Crotalus aquilus (Queretaro dusky rattlesnake) from an agricultural region near San Pedro de los Metates, municipality of Acambay, state of Mexico, Mexico. We recovered the remains of 12 individual prey items from 11 different snakes. Eleven of 38 (29%) snakes observed contained prey remains, including...Mociño-deloya, E.; Setser, K.; Peurach, S.C.; Meik, J.M.
A curious pellet from a great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)
One of the traditional methods of determining the dietary preferences of owls relies upon the identification of bony remains of prey contained in regurgitated pellets. Discovery of a pellet containing a large, complete primary feather from an adult, male Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) prompted us to examine in detail a small sample of...Woodman, N.; Dove, C.J.; Peurach, S.C.
History and current status of the Bat Banding Office, National Museum of Natural HistoryPeurach, S.C.
High-altitude collision between an airplane and a hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereusPeurach, S.C.
Microscopic analysis of feather and hair fragments associated with human mummified remains from Kagamil Island, Alaska
Human mummified remains of 34 different infant and adult individuals from Kagamil Island, Alaska, are accessioned in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Kagamil Island is one of the small islands in the Island of Four Mountains group of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska and is well known for the...Frohlich, Bruno; Harper, Albert B.; Gilberg, Rolf; Dove, C.J.; Peurach, S.C.