Gary Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Pilsbry Chair of Malacology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Office: Malacology, Academy of Natural Sciences
Phone: (215) 299-1033
- B.S., Geology, Princeton University, 1981
- Ph.D., Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 1989
My research centers on the magnitude and origin of species-level diversity in the Mollusca. Estimates of the total number of living mollusk species range from less than 100,000 to more than 200,000 and there is little agreement even as to how many species of mollusks have already been discovered. I use an informatics approach to better document the known diversity of mollusks and to estimate their total diversity. I developed Malacolog, an online database of Western Atlantic marine gastropods, and am an editor for the Mollusca in the World Register of Marine Species. My field work is currently centered in the Philippines, which has the world’s highest diversity of marine mollusks, where I am a Co-PI on the Philippine Mollusk Symbiont ICBG, and in Jamaica, which has one of the most diverse faunas of terrestrial mollusks in the world, for which I have developed an interactive key.
Dr. Rosenberg is curator of mollusks at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He has published more than 40 peer reviewed scientific articles, and is the author of the Encyclopedia of Seashells (1992). In support of his research on molluscan diversity, he developed Malacolog, an online database of Western Atlantic marine gastropods and is an editor for Mollusca in the World Register of Marine Species. He is currently president of the American Malacological Society, and will host its annual meeting in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in June 2012. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is a Commissioner on the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, for which he chairs the editorial committee.
- Rosenberg, G. 2010. Description of a new species of Prionovolva (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Ovulidae) from East Africa, with reassessment of the composition of the genus. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences 159: 39-66.
- Rosenberg, G., E. F. García and F. Moretzsohn. 2009. Gastropods (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico. Pp. 579-699 in D. L. Felder and D. K. Camp, eds., The Gulf of Mexico: Origins, Waters and Marine Life. Texas A&M University Press.
- Turgeon, D. D., W. G. Lyons, P. M. Mikkelsen, G. Rosenberg, and F. Moretzsohn. 2009. Bivalves (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico. Pp. 711-744 in D. L. Felder and D. K. Camp, eds. The Gulf of Mexico: Origins, Waters and Marine Life. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.
- Rosenberg, G. 2008. The land snails. Pp. 43-46 in B. Wilson, ed., Jamaica: A photographic journey through the land of wood and water. Eladio Fernández: Jamaica.
- Rosenberg, G. and R. Salisbury. 2007. New species of Thala (Gastropoda: Costellariidae) from Hawaii, with comments on other Indo-Pacific species. Vita Malacologica 5: 53-62.
- McClain, C. R., A. G. Boyer and G. Rosenberg. 2006. The Island Rule and the evolution of body size in the deep sea. Journal of Biogeography 33: 1578-1584.
Post Doctorate and Graduate Students
- Batomalaque, Gizelle, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines (master’s student)
- Blake, Natalie, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica (Ph.D. student)
- Dar, Christine, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines (master’s student)
- Munroe, Lauren, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica (master’s student)
- Muratov, Igor V., Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (post-doctoral fellow)
- Uit de Weerd, Dennis, Open University, Netherlands (post-doctoral fellow)