Suzanne Rab-Green

Curatorial Assistant


Research Interests

Suzanne Rab Green studied Biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and conducted her graduate work in parasitology at the Tropical Institute, Basel. During this time she developed an interest in entomology while working on the discovery of new drugs to treat African Trypanosomiasis. Following her graduate work, Suzanne worked in the pharmaceutical/medical device industry and eventually moved to the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in 1996. At the AMNH, Suzanne provides research and curatorial assistance for the Lepidoptera collection and her responsibilities include: specimen preparation & dissections, curation, cataloging & data management, photography, information requests and loans, accessions, assisting visitors and supervising volunteers. She also has undertaken many trips to central and South America to collect specimens. Susanne’s key personal research interests are the Arctiidae,a brilliantly colored group of moths commonly known as “tiger moths”. Her main focus is general systematics, biodiversity and biogeography. For more than 10 years she has been collaborating with the Catholic University of Quito in Ecuador. Since 2004 she also has been a collaborator with the University of Nevada on a project called ” Caterpillars & Parasitoids of the Eastern Andes in Ecuador”. The primary objective for this NSF funded program focuses on the investigation of ecological and systematic questions of tropical biodiversity through a long-term program of rearing caterpillars.Outside of the AMNH, Suzanne also participates frequently in oceanographic research expeditions throughout the world. She has participated on various cruises where she has been responsible for running hydrographic experiments on behalf of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.

Collection responsibility: Lepidoptera

ResearchCaterpillars & Parasitoids of the Eastern Andes in Ecuador


Rab Green, S.B., G.L. Gentry, H.F. Greeney, L.A. Dyer. 2011 Ecology, Natural History, and Larval Descriptions of Arctiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) from a Cloud Forest in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104(6):1135-1148. doi:

Janzen D.H., S. B. Rab Green et al. 2009. Integration of DNA barcoding into an ongoing inventory of complex tropical biodiversity.Molecular Ecology Resources. Special Issue on Barcoding Life. 9(s1):1–26. Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Crown in the right of Canada May 2009. doi:

Piñas, F. S., S. B. Rab Green, G. Onore, and I. Manzano. 2000. Mariposas del Ecuador. vol.20. Familia Arctiidae.Subfamilias: Arctiinae y Pericopinae. 215 pages, 84 col plates.Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Centro de Biodiversidad y Ambiente. Quito, Ecuador.
Brun,R. and S.Rab. 1991. In vitro drug sensitivity of Trypanosoma congolense isolates. Parasitol. Res. 77(4):341-345. doi:
Rab, S. 1990. Adaptation eines in vitro Inkorporationstestes für Trypanosoma congolense sowie Bestimmung der Sensitivität ausgewählter Isolate gegenüber Diminazen-Azeturat und Isometamidium-Chlorid. 1990. Thesis/Dissertation. University of Basel.