Douglas A. Rossman

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Dr. Douglas Rossman
Fields Zoology
Institutions Louisiana State University
Alma mater University of Florida
Known for His research pertaining to snakes

Douglas A. Rossman is a U.S. herpetologist specializing in Garter snakes. He studied at the University of Florida, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1961.[1]

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[2] (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.[3]


  1. ^ Photo from the University of Florida. URL last accessed 2010-01-21.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Beltz, E.: Biographies of People Honored in the Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America. URL last accessed 2010-01-21.