Robert S. Voss Research Group
Dr. Voss's primary research interests are the evolution of marsupials and the systematics and biogeography of other Neotropical mammals that inhabit moist-forest habitats in Amazonia and the Andes. He is actively involved in long-term revisionary studies on several groups that have radiated extensively in lowland and montane rainforests, including didelphid marsupials, caviomorph rodents (erethizontids and dasyproctids), and murid rodents. For several of these groups, he is also collaborating with molecular researchers on phylogenetic studies designed to provide a stable basis for higher-level classifications, historical biogeography, and comparative analyses of ecobehavioral adaptations. The collection and analysis of faunal inventory data, especially from long-term projects in tropical rainforest habitats, is another research focus
Postdocs (research supervisor)
Robin Beck (2009;2011). Project title: "Craniodental Morphology and Phylogenetic Relationships of Living and Extinct Marsupials."
Thomas E. Macrini (2006;2008). Project title: "Anatomical Study of the Nasal Skeleton and Endocranial Cavity of Marsupials Using High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography."
David A. Flores (2004 2006). Project title: "A phylogenetic Study of Didelphid Marsupials Based on Postcranial Characters."
Robert P. Anderson (2001-2003). Project title: "Ecogeographic modeling and systematic revision of spiny pocket mice (Heteromys)."
Sharon A. Jansa (1998-2000). Project titles: "Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Native Rodents of Madagascar" (1998-1999); "Intraspecific Phylogeography of Madagascar's Native Rodents" (1999-2000).
Mario de Vivo (1991-1992). Project title: "Review of the South American Sciuridae (Mammalia, Rodentia)."
Graduate Students (principal advisor)
Marcelo Weksler (1998-2004). Thesis title: "Phylogeny of oryzomyine rodents (Muridae) based on morphological and molecular datasets." Ph.D., CUNY.
Victor Pacheco (1994-2003). Thesis title: "Phylogenetic analysis of thomasomyine rodents (Rodentia, Sigmodontinae)." Ph.D., CUNY.
Graduate Students (committee member)
Thomas C. Giarla (2008-present). No thesis title yet. Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota.
Eliecer Gutierrez (2007-present). No thesis title yet. Ph.D. student, CUNY.
Adrian Tejedor (2002-2007). Thesis title: "Systematics and phylogeny of the New World bat family Natalidae." Ph.D., CUNY.
Valeria Taveres (2002-present). Thesis title: "Revisionary systematics and phylogenetic relationships of Vampyressa (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)." Ph.D. candidate, CUNY.
Patricia Escalante (1987-1991). Thesis title: "Phylogenetic relationships of Geothlypis (Aves: Parulidae)." Ph.D., CUNY.