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Dr. Gary Rosenberg Receives $500,000 NSF Grant

May 2, 2012

Dr. Gary Rosenberg, Pilsbry Chair of Malacology at Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences and faculty member in Drexel’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a grant of $522,000 on April 20, 2012, by the National Science Foundation for digital imaging of molluscan type specimens at the Academy.

The Academy’s mollusk collection is one of the largest in the world, containing millions of specimens. Among these are type specimens representing thousands of species. Type specimens are the original material that was studied when a new species or subspecies was named and so are the standards of reference for identifications in systematic biology. The grant funding will support digital imaging of 12,000 type specimens and will make the images available online so that they can be accessed by researchers around the world.

Dr. Rosenberg is currently president of the American Malacological Society and serves on the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. He has published more than 50 scientific articles and the book The Encyclopedia of Seashells. He is also is the originator of the Malacolog online database that documents the taxonomy and distribution of more than 7000 species of marine mollusks in the Western Atlantic.

Rosenberg earned his B.A. degree in geology from Princeton University and his Ph.D. degree in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University. His current research focuses on the origin and magnitude of species-level diversity in the Mollusca, with field work on land snails of Jamaica and marine mollusks of the Philippines.