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.[12]

Honors[edit]

Patton has one genus of neotropical tree rat (Pattonomys),[13] two species of neotropical rodents (Proechimys pattoni[14] and Phyllomys pattoni[15]), one species of fossil porcupine (Neosteiromys pattoni),[16] one species of neotropical bat (Lonchophylla pattoni),[17] one species of pocket gopher louse (Geomydoecus pattoni),[18] and one species of Madagascar snake (Liophidium pattoni)[19] named in his honor.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Patton, J.L., M.N.F. da Silva, and J.R. Malcolm. 2000. Mammals of the Rio Juruá and the evolutionary and ecological diversification of Amazonia. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 244: 1-306.
  • Lacey, E.A., J. L. Patton, and G.N. Cameron (editors). 2000. Life Underground: The Biology of Subterranean Rodents. Univ. Chicago Press, 448 pp.
  • Moritz, C., J.L. Patton, C.J. Schneider, and T.B. Smith. 2000. Diversification of rainforest faunas: An integrated molecular approach. Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 31: 533-563.
  • Gascon, C., J. R. Malcolm, J. L. Patton, M. N. F. da Silva, J. P. Bogart, S. C. Lougheed, C. A. Peres, S. O. Necket, and P. T. Boag. 2000. Riverine barriers and the geographic distribution of Amazonian species. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 97(25): 13672-13677.
  • Patton, J.L. 2001. Pocket Gophers. In D.W. Macdonald (ed.) The New Encyclopedia of Mammals, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Lessa, E.P., J.A. Cook, and J.L. Patton. 2003. Genetic footprints of demographic expansion in North America, but not Amazonia, following the Late Pleistocene. Proc. National Academy of Sciences (USA) 100(18): 10331-10334.
  • Patton, J.L Family Geomyidae. 2005. pp. 859–870, in Mammal Species of the World, a taxonomic and geographic reference, Third Ed. (D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Patton, J.L. Family Heteromyidae. 2005 pp. 844–858, in Mammal Species of the World, a taxonomic and geographic reference, Third Ed. (D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Kelt, D. A., E. P. Lessa,. J. Salazar-Bravo, and J. L. Patton (editors). 2007. The Quintessential Naturalist: Honoring the life and legacy of Oliver P. Pearson. University of California Publications in Zoology, 134, 981 pp.
  • Patton, J.L., D.B. Huckaby, and S.T. Alvarez-Castañeda. 2007 (2008). The evolutionary history and a systematic revision of the woodrats of the Neotoma lepida complex. University of California Publications in Zoology, 135:i-xx, 1-451.
  • Davis, E.B., M.S. Koo, C. Conroy, J.L. Patton, and C. Moritz. 2008. The California Hotspots Project: identifying regions of rapid diversification of mammals. Molecular Ecology, 17: 120-138.
  • Moritz, C., J. L. Patton, C. J. Conroy, J. L. Parra, G. C. White, and S. R. Beisinger. 2008. Impact of a century of climate change on small mammal communities in Yosemite National Park. Science, 322: 261-264.

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. ^ Lacey, E.A. and P. Myers (eds.). 2005. Mammalian diversification: from chromosomes to phylogeography (a celebration of the career of James L. Patton), University of California Publications in Zoology, vol. 133. University of California Press, Berkeley.
  7. ^ Patton, J.L. 1967. Chromosome studies of certain pocket mice, genus Perognathus (Rodentia: Heteromyidae). J. Mammal. 48:27–37
  8. ^ Patton, J. L., and M. F. Smith. 1994. Paraphyly, polyphyly, and the nature of species boundaries in pocket gophers (genus Thomomys). Syst. Biol. 43:11–26
  9. ^ Patton, J. L., M. N. F. da Silva, and J. R. Malcolm. 2000. Mammals of the Rio Juruá and the evolutionary and ecological diversification of Amazonia. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 244:1–306.
  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. Science 322(5899):261-264 DOI: 10.1126/science.1163428
  11. ^ Rodríguez-Robles, J. and Greene, H.W. 2005. Genes, Rats, and Sinking Boats: A Biographical Perspective on James L. Patton. In: E. A. Lacey and P. Myers (eds.), Mammalian diversification: from chromosomes to phylogeography (a celebration of the career of James L. Patton), University of California Publications in Zoology, vol. 133. University of California Press, Berkeley. Pp. 5-56.
  12. ^ Lacey, E.A. and P. Myers (eds.). 2005. Mammalian diversification: from chromosomes to phylogeography (a celebration of the career of James L. Patton), University of California Publications in Zoology, vol. 133. University of California Press, Berkeley.
  13. ^ Emmons, L.H. 2005. A revision of the genera of arboreal Echimyidae (Rodentia: Echimyidae, Echimyinae), with descriptions of two new genera. In: E. A. Lacey and P. Myers (eds.), Mammalian diversification: from chromosomes to phylogeography (a celebration of the career of James L. Patton), University of California Publications in Zoology, vol. 133. University of California Press, Berkeley. Pp. 247-310.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Emmons, L.H., Y.L.R. Leite, D. Kock, and L. P. Costa. 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.
  16. ^ Candela, A.M. 2004. A new giant porcupine (Rodentia, Erethizontidae) from the Late Miocene of Argentina. J. Vert. Paleo. 24:732-741.
  17. ^ Woodman, N. and R.M. Timm. 2006. Characters and phylogenetic relationships of nectar-feeding bats, with descriptions of new Lonchophylla from western South America (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae: Lonchophyllini). Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 119:437-476.
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ Vieites, D.R., F.M. Ratsoavina, R.D. Randrianiaina, Z.T. Nagy, F. Glaw, M. Vences. 2010. A rhapsody of colours from Ma- dagascar: discovery of a remarkable new snake of the genus Liophidium and its phylogenetic relationships. Salamandra 46: 1-10.

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