James L. Patton

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James L. Patton
JL Patton portrait.jpg
Patton in 2001
Born James Lloyd Patton
(1941-06-21) June 21, 1941 (age 73)
Saint Louis, Missouri
Citizenship American
Fields Mammalogy, Evolutionary Biology
Institutions Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Alma mater University of Arizona
Thesis Chromosome evolution in the pocket mouse, Perognathus goldmani Osgood (1968)
Doctoral advisor William B. Heed
Influences Alfred Russel Wallace, Joseph Grinnell, Oliver Pearson, David B. Wake
Notable awards C. Hart Merriam Award (1983),[1] Distinguished Teaching Award (1991),[2] Joseph Grinnell Award (1998),[3] American Society of Mammalogists Honorary Membership (2001),[4] Berkeley Citation (2001)[5]
Author abbrev. (zoology) Patton
Spouse Carol Porter Patton
(m. 1966–present)

James Lloyd “Jim” Patton (June 21, 1941, Saint Louis, Missouri), is an American evolutionary biologist and mammalogist. He is emeritus professor of integrative biology and curator of mammals at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley and has made extensive contributions to the systematics and biogeography of several vertebrate taxa, especially small mammals (rodents, marsupials, and bats).[6]

Career[edit]

Patton is best known for his pioneering works on the evolutionary cytogenetics and systematics of rodents, especially pocket mice (Perognathus/Chaetodipus)[7] and pocket gophers (Thomomys),[8] the diversification of rainforest faunas,[9] and the impact of climate change on North American mammals.[10] He has authored nearly 200 scientific publications, many of them in collaboration with 36 graduate students and 13 post-doctoral scholars he mentored over four decades. He is one of the most experienced field mammalogists today, having collected extensively in the western United States and in 14 other countries around the world, including Mexico, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Iran, and Cameroon.[11] As of 2005, he had deposited nearly 20,000 specimens in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, making him the most prolific collector of mammal specimens in that institution’s nearly 100-year history.[6]

Honors[edit]

Patton has one genus of neotropical tree rat (Pattonomys),[12] two species of neotropical rodents (Proechimys pattoni[13] and Phyllomys pattoni[14]), one species of fossil porcupine (Neosteiromys pattoni),[15] one species of neotropical bat (Lonchophylla pattoni),[16] one species of pocket gopher louse (Geomydoecus pattoni),[17] and one species of Madagascar snake (Liophidium pattoni)[18] named in his honor.

Selected publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mammalsociety.org/committees/merriam-award/merriam-award-winners
  2. ^ http://teaching.berkeley.edu/dta-recipient/james-l-patton
  3. ^ http://www.mammalsociety.org/committees/grinnell-award/grinnell-award-winners
  4. ^ http://www.mammalsociety.org/committees/honorary-membership/honorary-membership-award-winners
  5. ^ http://awards.berkeley.edu/pdf/Berkeley_Citation.pdf
  6. ^ a b Lacey, E. A.; Myers, P., ed. (2005). Mammalian Diversification: From Chromosomes to Phylogeography: a Celebration of the Career of James L. Patton. University of California Publications in Zoology 133. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-09853-4. OCLC 60835295. 
  7. ^ Patton, J.L. 1967. Chromosome studies of certain pocket mice, genus Perognathus (Rodentia: Heteromyidae). J. Mammal. 48:27–37
  8. ^ Patton, J. L.; Smith, M. F. (1994). "Paraphyly, polyphyly, and the nature of species boundaries in pocket gophers (genus Thomomys)". Systematic Biology 43: 11–26. doi:10.1093/sysbio/43.1.11.  edit
  9. ^ Patton, J. L.; Da Silva, M. N. F.; Malcolm, J. Y. R. (2000). "Mammals of the Rio Juruá and the Evolutionary and Ecological Diversification of Amazonia". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 244: 1–306. doi:10.1206/0003-0090(2000)244<0001:MOTRJA>2.0.CO;2.  edit
  10. ^ Moritz, C.; Patton, J. L.; Conroy, C. J.; Parra, J. L.; White, G. C.; Beissinger, S. R. (2008). "Impact of a Century of Climate Change on Small-Mammal Communities in Yosemite National Park, USA" (PDF). Science 322 (5899): 261–264. doi:10.1126/science.1163428.  edit
  11. ^ Rodríguez-Robles, J.; Greene, H. W. (2005). "Genes, Rats, and Sinking Boats: A Biographical Perspective on James L. Patton". In Lacey, E. A.; Myers, P. Mammalian Diversification: From Chromosomes to Phylogeography: a Celebration of the Career of James L. Patton. University of California Publications in Zoology 133. University of California Press. pp. 5–56. ISBN 978-0-520-09853-4. OCLC 60835295. 
  12. ^ Emmons, L. H. (2005). "A revision of the genera of arboreal Echimyidae (Rodentia: Echimyidae, Echimyinae), with descriptions of two new genera". In Lacey, E. A.; Myers, P. Mammalian Diversification: From Chromosomes to Phylogeography: a Celebration of the Career of James L. Patton. University of California Publications in Zoology 133. University of California Press. pp. 247–310. ISBN 978-0-520-09853-4. OCLC 60835295. 
  13. ^ da Silva, M.N.F. 1998. Four new species of spiny rats of the genus Proechimys (Rodentia: Echimyidae) from the western Amazon of Brazil. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 111:436-471.
  14. ^ Emmons, L. H.; Leite, Y. L. R.; Kock, D.; Costa, L. P. (2002). "A review of the named forms of Phyllomys (Rodentia: Echimyidae) with the description of a new species from coastal Brazil". American Museum Novitates 3380: 1–40. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2002)380<0001:AROTNF>2.0.CO;2.  edit
  15. ^ Candela, A. M. (2004). "A new giant porcupine (Rodentia, Erethizontidae) from the late Miocene of Argentina". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24 (3): 732–741. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2004)024[0732:ANGPRE]2.0.CO;2.  edit
  16. ^ Woodman, N.; Timm, R. M. (2006). Graves, Gary R., ed. "Characters and phylogenetic relationships of nectar-feeding bats, with descriptions of new Lonchophylla from western South America (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae: Lonchophyllini)". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 119 (4): 437–476. doi:10.2988/0006-324X(2006)119[437:CAPRON]2.0.CO;2.  edit
  17. ^ Price R.D. and R.A. Hellenthal 1979. A review of the Geomydoecus tolucae complex (Mallophaga: Trichodectidae) from Thomomys (Rodentia: Geomyidae), based on qualitative and quantitative characters. J. Med. Entomol. 16(4):265-274
  18. ^ Vieites, D.R., F.M. Ratsoavina, R.D. Randrianiaina, Z.T. Nagy, F. Glaw, M. Vences. 2010. A rhapsody of colours from Madagascar: discovery of a remarkable new snake of the genus Liophidium and its phylogenetic relationships. Salamandra 46: 1-10.

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