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 Andrea Wetterer


PhD, Columbia University, 2003
(212) 769-5287


     Dr. Wetterer is broadly interested in mammalian evolution, biogeography, development, and anatomy; phylogenetic reconstruction; and the development of technology to facilitate morphological research.  Dr. Wetterer is particularly interested in the evolution of Laurasiatherian mammals - a clade that includes whales (Cetacea), many hoofed mammals (Artiodactyls and Perrisodactyls), carnivores, pholidotans (pangolins), some former insectivorans (shrews and moles), and bats (Chiroptera).  Currently, she is working with the mammalian group of the Assembling the Tree of Life project - a multi-year initiative to deepen our understanding of relationships among extinct and extant mammals.  Dr. Wetterer is continuing to resolve questions concerning evolutionary relationships and patterns of evolution within Chiroptera, especially the ecologically diverse Neotropical family Phyllostomidae.  In addition to her work on mammals, she is a co-author on numerous papers examining the distribution of ants, and her work includes research on the metacolony of the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, in Macaronesia and Europe.  Dr. Wetterer has conducted field work or taught field courses in Cape Verde, the Azores, Madeira, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama, Bermuda, New Jersey, Wyoming, and the California Channel Islands.