Dr. Nancy B. Simmons
Curator-In-Charge, Department of Mammalogy
Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum Natural History
Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
Adjunct Faculty Member
Doctoral Program in Biology, The City University of New York
"Primitive Early Eocene Bats from Wyoming
and the evolution of flight and ecolocation"
Nature: 451, 818-821 (14 February 2008)
See Nancy in the New York Times video, "The Science of Bats: Studying a Misunderstood Creature"
Hear Nancy's interview on the Leonard Lopate show: "52-Million-Year-Old Bat Fossil"
See Nancy's three-part video, "Bats Beyond Twilight", by Scientific American.
- Higher-level relationships of bats.
- Phylogeny and evolution of dietary diversity in megachiropteran bats (Family Pteropodidae) and New World leaf-nosed bats (Family Phyllostomidae).
- Revisionary systematics of selected Neotropical bat taxa.
- Patterns of geographic diversity in Neotropical bats and evaluation of inventory methods.
- Evolution of echolocation calls and foraging strategies in bats.
- Eocene fossil bats and early evolution of the chiropteran lineage.