Douglas A. Rossman

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Dr. Douglas Rossman
Rossman reading in 2009 at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
Died July 23, 2015(2015-07-23) (aged 79)
Alma mater University of Florida
Known for His research pertaining to snakes
Scientific career
Fields Zoology
Institutions Louisiana State University

Douglas Athon "Dag" Rossman (July 4, 1936 - July 23, 2015)[1] was a U.S. herpetologist specializing in Garter snakes. He studied at the University of Florida, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1961.[2]

He was a professor of zoology at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

He co-authored The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana (ISBN 0-8071-2077-4), and also The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology (ISBN 0-8061-2820-8).

His wife, Nita Jane Rossman[3] (born 1936), also has an interest in herpetology and even had a subspecies named after her: Thamnophis sauritus nitae, a subspecies of the Eastern ribbon snake. She had collected the holotype for this subspecies on a field trip with her husband for his dissertation research, and he named it in her honor.[4]

Rossman also wrote The Nine Worlds: A dictionary of Norse mythology (1983), Where Legends Live: A pictorial guide to Cherokee mythic places (1988), and several other works related to Norse mythology.


  1. ^ Boundy, Jeff (October 2015). "In Memoriam: Douglas A. Rossman" (PDF). Museum Quarterly. Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science. 33 (3): 35–36. 
  2. ^ Photo from the University of Florida. URL last accessed 2010-01-21.
  3. ^ Rossman, D. A.: "A New Race of Desmognathus Fuscus from the South-Central United States", in Herpetologica, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Oct. 10, 1958), pp. 158-160. URL last accessed 2010-01-21.
  4. ^ Beltz, E.: Biographies of People Honored in the Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America. URL last accessed 2010-01-21.