Pamela C. Rasmussen—assistant curator of mammalogy and ornithology for the MSU Museum, and
assistant professor in the MSU Department of Integrative Biology—is a noted expert on Asian birds.
At the February meeting of the Grand Rapids Audubon Club, she will present “Rounding Up: New Species and Rediscoveries of Asian Birds.”
Birds are the best-known class of organisms on the planet, and yet, new species continue to be discovered
every year. Pamela (who has described and named eleven new Asian bird species and been involved in the
rediscovery of three others) will talk about avian species discovery and rediscovery, what this means, and why it
is important. She will illustrate the process with examples from her work, including, perhaps, a glimpse
into a forthcoming case!
Pamela is a prominent ornithologist who has studied collaboratively on topics of global biodiversity. Her
research focuses on the diversity, vocalizations, taxonomy and conservation of the birds of southern
Asia. Her research has been featured in numerous media outlets, and she has authored and co-authored many
This presentation promises to be an enlightening and engaging evening featuring a noted expert in her field.