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Robert S. Voss

Robert S. Voss, mammalogist, with microscope

Curator, Department of Mammalogy, Division of Vertebrate Zoology
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)


  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., 1983
  • University of Arizona , B.S., 1976

Research Interests

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.


Voss, R.S., R.H. Pine, and S. Solari. 2012. A new species of the didelphid marsupial genus Monodelphis from eastern Bolivia. American Museum Novitates 3740: 1–14.

Voss, R.S. ̧ and S.A. Jansa. 2012. Snake-venom resistance as a mammalian trophic adaptation: lessons from didelphid marsupials. Biological Reviews [published online: 10 March 2012, 16 pp.]

Jansa, S.A., and R.S. Voss. 2011. Adaptive evolution of the venom-targeted vWF protein in opossums that eat pitvipers. PLoS ONE 6(6): 1–9.

Voss, R.S. 2011. Revisionary notes on Neotropical porcupines. 3. An annotated checklist of the species of Coendou Lacépède, 1799. American Museum Novitates 3720: 1–36.

Voss, R.S., and D.W. Fleck. 2011. Mammalian diversity and Matses ethnomammalogy in Amazonian Peru. Part 1: Primates. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 351: 1–81. 

Teaching Experience

Faculty Appointments

  • Adjunct Senior Research Faculty, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, 1999
  • Adjunct Faculty, Ph.D. Program in Biology, CUNY, 1994

Courses Taught

Graduate Advisees

  • Valeria Taveres, CUNY
  • Adrian Tejedor, CUNY
  • Marcelo Weksler, CUNY
  • Victor Pacheco, CUNY 

Graduate Committees

  • Marcelo Weksler, CUNY (chair)
  • Valeria Taveres, CUNY
  • Adrian Tejedor, CUNY
  • Henry Bernard, CUNY
  • Patricia Escalante, CUNY

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