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In zoology, mammalogy is the study of mammals – a class of vertebrates with characteristics such as homeothermic metabolism, fur, four-chambered hearts, and complex nervous systems. Mammalogy has also been known as "mastology," "theriology," and "therology." There are about 4,200 different species of animals which are considered mammals. The major branches to study in the mammalogy career include natural history, taxonomy and systematics, anatomy and physiology, ethology, ecology, and management and control. The approximate salary of a mammalogist varies from $20,000 to $60,000 a year, depending on their experience. Mammalogists are typically involved in activities such as conducting research, managing personnel, and writing proposals.[1]

Mammalogy branches off into other taxonomically-oriented disciplines such as primatology (study of primates), and cetology (study of cetaceans).

A Career in Mammalogy[edit]

Students seeking a career in mammalogy may be disappointed to know that there are more mammalogists seeking employment than there are positions and this doesn't look like it will change in the foreseeable future. The competition surrounding open positions will be intense which behooves mammalogists to obtain the best training possible. Summer employment or volunteer work can be extremely valuable in this type of situation. Most positions in mammalogy will require a broad undergraduate background with the coursework depending on the specific field of mammalogy.

List of Mammalogy Journals[edit]

This is a list of scientific journals broadly serving mammalogists. In addition, many other more general zoology, ecology and evolution, or conservation journals also deal with mammals, and several journals are specific to only certain taxonomic groups of mammals.

Journal Organization Publication Schedule Impact Factor First Issue Open Access Page Charges Online ISSN Print ISSN Former Name
Journal of Mammalogy American Society of Mammalogists Bimonthly 2.308 1919 Option Yes 1545-1542 0022-2372 none
Mammal Review The Mammal Society Quarterly 3.919 1970 Option No 1365-2907 - none
Mammalian Biology German Society for Mammalian Biology Bimonthly 1.337 1935 Option No 1616-5047 - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde
Mammalia - Quarterly 0.824 1936 Option No 1864-1547 - none
Mammal Research Polish Academy of Sciences Quarterly 1.161 1954 Option No 2199-241X 2199-2401 Acta Theriologica
Mammal Study Mammal Society of Japan Quarterly 0.426 1959 No No 1348-6160 1343-4152 Journal of the Mammalogical Society of Japan
Hystrix, Italian Journal of Mammalogy Italian Theriological Association Quarterly 0.593 1986 Yes No 1825-5272 - none
Galemys, Spanish Journal of Mammalogy Spanish Society of Mammalogists Annually - 1988 Yes No 2254-8408 - none
Lutra Dutch Mammal Society Biannually - 1957 Yes No - - none
Australian Mammalogy Australian Mammal Society Biannually - 1972 No No 1836-7402 0310-0049 none
Acta Theriologica Sinica Mammalogical Society of China Quarterly - 1981 Yes No 1000-1050 - none

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mammalogist". Bioscience Careers. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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