Honorary Membership



  • E.J. Heske
  • E. A. Lacey
  • M. A. Mares
  • R. M. Timm

History and Mission

The Honorary Membership Committee was formed in 1957.  Its function is to recommend candidates for Honorary Membership to the Board of Directors and to the general membership of the Society.  Honorary Members are elected in recognition of distinguished service to the science of mammalogy.  It is considered the Society’s highest honor, and in nearly a century, fewer than 100 mammalogists have been so recognized.


The Honorary Membership Committee comprises the five most-recent Past Presidents, being chaired for a two-year term by its second-most senior member.  The Committee considers nominations tendered by both its own members as well as those received from outside the committee, assembles supporting documentation, and evaluates the qualifications of the candidates.  Nominations forwarded by the Committee are subject to approval by the Board of Directors, but the election of Honorary Members is accomplished by a majority vote of the ASM members in attendance at the annual members' meeting.


Persons who wish to nominate a candidate for Honorary Membership should first review the list of previous recipients to gauge the merits of their nominee.  Nominators are encouraged to consult with the Chair of the Committee during their preparation of nomination materials.  Nominees need not be members of ASM.  All parties involved should treat the nomination procedure in strict confidence.  A completed nomination shall consist of: (1) a letter of nomination from an ASM member, (2) three supporting letters, and (3) a curriculum vitae, and should be transmitted electronically to the committee’s chair no later than 1 March.  After deliberation, the Committee will forward to the Board of Directors the name(s) of nominees deemed by at least 4 members to meet the high standards of this recognition.  Nominees recommended by at least 75% of those Directors voting will be presented to Members for their majority approval at the annual Members’ Meeting.

2013 ASM Honorary Members

Honorary Members of the American Society of Mammalogists are recognized for their distinguished service to the science of mammalogy, including research, teaching, student training, and outreach.  Honorary Membership is considered the Society’s highest honor, and in nearly a century, fewer than 100 mammalogists have been so recognized.  Nominees are considered by the Honorary Membership Committee and recommended to the Board of Directors.  If the Board approves, nominees are presented to the members at the Annual Members Meeting for their majority approval.

2013 Honorary Member Professor Colin Peter Groves

Professor Colin Peter Groves was elected by acclimation as an Honorary Member at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists in Philadelphia, PA.  Professor Groves holds an appointment in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Program in BioAnthropology, Australian National University.  Professor Groves has contributed well over 300 publications, including journal articles, book chapters, 8 books, and 1 edited book, dealing with biological (physical) anthropology, phylogeny and comparative analysis, biogeography and phylogeography, animal systematic and taxonomy, and conservation and biodiversity.  He has contributed to many levels of mammalogy, particularly taxonomy of primates and ungulates and human evolution.  His melding of traditional morphology and description with contemporary molecular genetics and the application of the phylogenetic species concept has resulted in formal recognition of many more extant mammalian species.  Two of his books, Primate Taxonomy (2001, Smithsonian Press) and Ungulate Taxonomy (with Peter Grubb, 2011, Johns Hopkins Press), received worldwide acclaim and, of course, controversy.  One reviewer concluded “Colin Groves, primatology’s latter-day Linnaeus, has probably touched more primate skins, skulls, distribution maps, and old dusty taxonomic works than anyone alive today, which puts him in a unique and powerful position.  Powerful because in the modern era he is virtually alone.”

Colin Groves

Professor Groves has named over 40 taxa including the critically endangered Bornean rhino, the wild ass known as the Kulan, and one of the five living species of egg-laying mammas, the critically endangered Sir David’s Long-Beaked Echidna.  In addition, he has made major contributions to our knowledge of human evolution, including the description of Homo ergaster, the African precursor to H. erectus of Asia, with V. Mazak in 1975, pioneering work on the diet of Australopithicines with John Napier in the 1960s, and noteworthy contributions in the present on the “Hobbit,” Homo floresiensis.

Professor Groves visits museums and conducts field work all over the world, offers courses in Primates and Animals, Plants, and People at ANU.  He has trained numerous students and currently advises 9 Ph.D. and 2 M.A. students at AUN.  Professor Groves also is a prominent member of Australian Skeptics (www.skeptics.com.au) an organization of more than 4000 members that investigate all matters of myth in science and co-edited Skeptical: A Handbook on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal in 1989.

2013 Honorary Member Dr. Fabian Jaksic

Dr. Fabian Jaksic was elected by acclimation as an Honorary Member at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Jakic is Professor Titular, in the Departamento de Ecología, Universidad Catόlica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, and is Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Ecology and Biodiversity.  Dr. Jaksic has received numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, holds a Presidential Chair in Science of the Government of Chile, and is an Honorary Professor at both the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina, and at the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, Peru.  He also is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union and is recognized as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America.  Dr. Jaksic also has served as secretary and president of the ecology section and vice president and president of the Chilean Biological Society.

Fabian Jaksic

Dr, Jaksic is one of the leading environmentalists in Chile and one of the most influential mammalian ecologists in South America.  He has published more than 300 papers and 5 books on ecology, mammal and vertebrate ecology, landscape ecology, and community ecology.  Dr. Jaksic has conducted research on lizards, plants, snakes, fish, intertidal organisms and also has published theoretical works on niches and competitive interactions.  He has worked extensively in the dry habitats of Chile studying interactions between raptors and snakes and their mammalian prey as well as on the population dynamics of small mammals.  In addition, he has conducted long-term experimental field studies to understand the impact of El Niño Southern Oscillation on vertebrate populations in Chilean scrublands by monitoring rainfall and primary, secondary, and tertiary production at his long-term study site in the foothills of the Andes for 17years.  Much of his recent work focuses on conservation and preservation of endangered fauna and habitats in South America with an emphasis on safeguarding the future of these unique vertebrate communities.

Dr. Jaksic has played a key role in building the ecology program at the Universidad Catόlica de Chile and in securing support and funding for a new building to house the department and its zoological collections.  He has served on the editorial board of numerous journals including Journal of Raptor Research, The Auk, and Ornitologia Neotropical and as Editor-in-Chief for Revista Chilena de Historia Natural.

Dr. Jaksic has mentored 10 M.S. students, 31 Ph.D. students, and 10 postdoctoral scholars.  The list of students he has mentored reads as a Who’s Who of Chilean ecology, and many of the current scientific leaders in Chile and adjacent countries who were not his students were mentored by him. His mentorship has produced a cadre of independent Chilean scientists in the arena of vertebrate ecology.





HONORARY MEMBERS conferred in recognition of a distinguished career in service to mammalogy


  • 1919—Joel Asaph Allen, American Museum of Natural History


  • 1921—Edouard-Louis Trouessart, Museum of Natural History of Angers and Museum National d’Historie Naturelle, Paris, France
  • 1928—M. R. Oldfield Thomas, British Museum (Natural History), London, England
  • 1928—Max Weber, University of Amsterdam and University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 1929—Henry Fairfield Osborn, American Museum of Natural History; Columbia University; and Princeton University


  • 1930—C. Hart Merriam, U. S. Biological Survey
  • 1930—Edward W. Nelson, U. S. Biological Survey
  • 1936—Alfred W. Anthony, San Diego Museum of Natural History
  • 1936—William Berryman Scott, Princeton University
  • 1937—Leonhard Stejneger, U. S. National Museum


  • 1941—Gerrit S. Miller, Jr., U. S. National Museum
  • 1941—Ernest E. Thompson Seton, independent writer and artist
  • 1942—Marcus Ward Lyon, Jr., U. S. National Museum; Howard University; George Washington University; and South Bend Clinic in Indiana
  • 1947—Rudolph M. Anderson, National Museum of Canada
  • 1947—Angel Cabrera Latorre, National Museum of Natural History, Madrid, Spain; National University of La Plata and La Plata Museum, La Plata, Argentina; and University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • 1951—A. Brazier Howell, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Johns Hopkins Medical School
  • 1951—Theodore S. Palmer, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 1952—Hartley H. T. Jackson, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 1952—Edward A. Preble, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nature Magazine
  • 1954—William K. Gregory, American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University
  • 1954—Walter P. Taylor, University of California, Berkeley; U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; University of Arizona; Texas A&M University; Oklahoma State University; and Claremont Graduate School of the Claremont Colleges
  • 1955—Harold E. Anthony, American Museum of Natural History
  • 1956—Lee R. Dice, University of Michigan
  • 1956—Albert R. Shadle, Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo and Cornell University
  • 1959—Francis Harper, Boston Society of Natural History; independent scholar, researcher, and writer
  • 1959—Nagmaichi Kuroda, Ministry of Internal Affairs; Department of the Imperial Household; and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Tokyo, Japan


  • 1962—Magnus A. Degerbøl, Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1963—Vladimir G. Heptner, Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, Moscow, U. S. S. R.
  • 1963—Remington Kellogg, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U. S. National Museum
  • 1963—Tracy I. Storer, University of California, Davis, and University of California, Berkeley
  • 1964—E. Raymond Hall, University of Kansas and University of California, Berkeley
  • 1964—Stanley P. Young, U. S. Biological Survey and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 1965—William J. Hamilton, Jr., Cornell University
  • 1966—Erna Mohr, Zoologisches Museum and Institut, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1966—Klaus Zimmerman, Natural History Museum of the Humboldt Institut, Berlin, Germany
  • 1968—William H. Burt, University of Michigan and California Institute of Technology
  • 1968—William B. Davis, Texas A&M University
  • 1969—George Gaylord Simpson, Harvard University; American Museum of Natural History; and Columbia University


  • 1970—Robert T. Orr, California Academy of Sciences
  • 1971—Stephen D. Durrant, University of Utah
  • 1972—Kazimierz Petrusewicz, Institute of Ecology, Polish Academy of Sciences; University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1973—Charles S. Elton, University of Oxford, Oxford, Englan
  • 1976—Emmet T. Hooper, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan
  • 1976—Vladimir E. Sokolov, Moscow State University; Department of General Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences; A. N. Severtzov Institute of Animal Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology, Moscow, U. S. S. R.
  • 1979—Oliver P. Pearson, University of California, Berkeley


  • 1981—Victor B. Scheffer, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 1982—Donald F. Hoffmeister, University of Illinois and University of Kansas
  • 1982—Z. Kazimierz Pucek, Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1983—Björn O. L. Kurtén, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1985—John Edwards Hill, British Museum (Natural History), London, England
  • 1986—Randolph L. Peterson, Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • 1986—Bernardo Villa-Ramirez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, D.F., México, México
  • 1987—Francis Petter, Museum National d’Historie Naturelle, Paris, France
  • 1988—XIA Wuping, Northwest Plateau Institute of Biology, Academia Sinica, China


  • 1990—Karl F. Koopman, American Museum of Natural History; Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia; Chicago Museum of Natural History
  • 1991—Philip Hershkovitz, Field Museum of Natural History
  • 1992—Sydney Anderson, American Museum of Natural History
  • 1992—J. Knox Jones, Jr., Texas Tech University and University of Kansas
  • 1993—John N. Calaby, CSIRO, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  • 1993—James N. Layne, Cornell University; University of Florida; and Archbold Biological Station
  • 1994—James S. Findley, University of New Mexico
  • 1995—William Z. Lidicker, Jr., Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1996—Robert S. Hoffmann, Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Natural History; University of Kansas; University of Montana
  • 1997—J. Ticul Álvarez-Solózano, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, México, D.F., México
  • 1998—Wang Sung, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China
  • 1999—Paul S. Martin, University of Arizona


  • 2000—Franklin H. Bronson, University of Texas, Austin
  • 2001—James L. Patton, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2001—J. Mary Taylor, Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Oregon Regional Primate Research Center; University of British Columbia; and Wellesley College
  • 2001—Patricia A. Woolley, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2002—Hugh H. Genoways, University of Nebraska State Museum; Carnegie Museum of Natural History; and Texas Tech University
  • 2002—Eviatar Nevo, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • 2002—Don E. Wilson, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 2003—Jennifer U. M. Jarvis, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Republic of South Africa
  • 2003—Clyde Jones, Texas Tech University; U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Tulane University
  • 2003—Lim Boo Liat, Institute for Medical Research and University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2004—Guy G. Musser, American Museum of Natural History
  • 2004—David C. D. Happold, Division of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  • 2005—Robert J. Baker, Texas Tech University
  • 2005—José Ramírez Pulido, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Iztapalapa, México, D. F., México
  • 2006—James H. Brown, University of Arizona; University of New Mexico
  • 2007—Jerry R. Choate, Sternberg Museum and Fort Hays State University; and University of Connecticut
  • 2007—Richard W. Thorington, Jr., National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • 2008—Thomas H. Kunz, Boston University
  • 2008—Alfredo Langguth, Laboratorio de Evolución, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
  • 2008—Terry L. Yates, University of New Mexico
  • 2009—Kenneth B. Armitage, The University of Kansas
  • 2009—Timothy H. Clutton-Brock, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


  • 2010—Alfred L. Gardner, Biological Survey Unit, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, National Museum of Natural History
  • 2011—Paul A. Racey, Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 2011Hans Kruuk, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Banchory, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 2012Rui Cerqueira, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2012David J. Schmidly, Texas A&M University; Texas Tech University; Oklahoma State University; and University of New Mexico
  • 2013—Colin Peter Groves, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University
  • 2013—Fabian Miguel Jaksic Andrade, Departamento de Ecología, Universidad Catόlica de Chile
  • 2015—Katherine RallsNational Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution
  • 2016—Kay E. Holekamp, Department of Zoology, Michigan State University
  • 2017—Charles J. Krebs, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia