James L. Patton

James Lloyd Patton (June 21, 1941), is an American evolutionary biologist and mammalogist. He is emeritus professor of integrative biology and curator of mammals at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley and has made extensive contributions to the systematics and biogeography of several vertebrate taxa, especially small mammals (rodents, marsupials, and bats).[6]

James L. Patton
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Patton in 2001
James Lloyd Patton

(1941-06-21) June 21, 1941 (age 78)
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
Spouse(s)Carol Porter Patton
(m. 1966–present)
AwardsC. Hart Merriam Award (1983),[1] Distinguished Teaching Award (1991),[2] Joseph Grinnell Award (1998),[3] American Society of Mammalogists Honorary Membership (2001),[4] Berkeley Citation (2001)[5]
Scientific career
FieldsMammalogy, Evolutionary Biology
InstitutionsMuseum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
ThesisChromosome evolution in the pocket mouse, Perognathus goldmani Osgood (1968)
Doctoral advisorWilliam B. Heed
InfluencesAlfred Russel Wallace, Joseph Grinnell, Oliver Pearson, David B. Wake
Author abbrev. (zoology)Patton


Patton is best known for his pioneering works on the evolutionary cytogenetics and systematics of rodents, especially pocket mice (Perognathus/Chaetodipus)[7] and pocket gophers (Thomomys),[8] the diversification of rainforest faunas,[9] and the impact of climate change on North American mammals.[10] He has authored nearly 200 scientific publications, many of them in collaboration with 36 graduate students and 13 post-doctoral scholars he mentored over four decades. He is one of the most experienced field mammalogists today, having collected extensively in the western United States and in 14 other countries around the world, including Mexico, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Iran, and Cameroon.[11] As of 2005, he had deposited nearly 20,000 specimens in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, making him the most prolific collector of mammal specimens in that institution’s nearly 100-year history.[6]


Patton has several taxa named in his honor: one genus of neotropical tree rat (Pattonomys),[12] three species of neotropical rodents (Proechimys pattoni,[13] Phyllomys pattoni,[14] and the fossil Ullumys pattoni),[15] one species of fossil porcupine (Neosteiromys pattoni),[16] one species of neotropical bat (Lonchophylla pattoni),[17] one species of pocket gopher louse (Geomydoecus pattoni),[18] and one species of Madagascar snake (Liophidium pattoni).[19][20]

The American Society of Mammalogists established the "James L. Patton Award" in 2015 to promote and support museum-based research by graduate students.[21]

Selected publicationsEdit


  1. ^ http://www.mammalsociety.org/committees/merriam-award/merriam-award-winners
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Grinnell Award Recipients | American Society of Mammalogists". www.mammalsociety.org.
  4. ^ "Elected Honorary Members | American Society of Mammalogists". www.mammalsociety.org.
  5. ^ "Berkeley Citation – Past Recipients | Berkeley Awards". awards.berkeley.edu.
  6. ^ a b Lacey, E. A.; Myers, P., eds. (2005). Mammalian Diversification: From Chromosomes to Phylogeography: a Celebration of the Career of James L. Patton. University of California Publications in Zoology. 133. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-09853-4. OCLC 60835295.
  7. ^ Patton, J.L. 1967. Chromosome studies of certain pocket mice, genus Perognathus (Rodentia: Heteromyidae). J. Mammal. 48:27–37
  8. ^ Patton, J. L.; Smith, M. F. (1994). "Paraphyly, polyphyly, and the nature of species boundaries in pocket gophers (genus Thomomys)". Systematic Biology. 43: 11–26. doi:10.1093/sysbio/43.1.11.
  9. ^ Patton, J. L.; Da Silva, M. N. F.; Malcolm, J. Y. R. (2000). "Mammals of the Rio Juruá and the Evolutionary and Ecological Diversification of Amazonia". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 244: 1. doi:10.1206/0003-0090(2000)244<0001:MOTRJA>2.0.CO;2. hdl:2246/1593.
  10. ^ Moritz, C.; Patton, J. L.; Conroy, C. J.; Parra, J. L.; White, G. C.; Beissinger, S. R. (2008). "Impact of a Century of Climate Change on Small-Mammal Communities in Yosemite National Park, USA" (PDF). Science. 322 (5899): 261–264. doi:10.1126/science.1163428. PMID 18845755.
  11. ^ Rodríguez-Robles, J.; Greene, H. W. (2005). "Genes, Rats, and Sinking Boats: A Biographical Perspective on James L. Patton". In Lacey, E. A.; Myers, P. (eds.). Mammalian Diversification: From Chromosomes to Phylogeography: a Celebration of the Career of James L. Patton. University of California Publications in Zoology. 133. University of California Press. pp. 5–56. ISBN 978-0-520-09853-4. OCLC 60835295.
  12. ^ Emmons, L. H. (2005). "A revision of the genera of arboreal Echimyidae (Rodentia: Echimyidae, Echimyinae), with descriptions of two new genera". In Lacey, E. A.; Myers, P. (eds.). Mammalian Diversification: From Chromosomes to Phylogeography: a Celebration of the Career of James L. Patton. University of California Publications in Zoology. 133. University of California Press. pp. 247–310. ISBN 978-0-520-09853-4. OCLC 60835295.
  13. ^ Da Silva, M.N.F. (1998). "Four new species of spiny rats of the genus Proechimys (Rodentia: Echimyidae) from the western Amazon of Brazil". Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington. 111: 436–471.
  14. ^ Emmons, L. H.; Leite, Y. L. R.; Kock, D.; Costa, L. P. (2002). "A Review of the Named Forms of Phyllomys (Rodentia: Echimyidae) with the Description of a New Species from Coastal Brazil" (PDF). American Museum Novitates. 3380: 1–40. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2002)380<0001:AROTNF>2.0.CO;2. hdl:2246/2869. hdl2
  15. ^ Olivares, A. Itatí; Verzi, Diego H.; Contreras, Victor H.; Pessôa, Leila (2016-10-31). "A new Echimyidae (Rodentia, Hystricomorpha) from the late Miocene of southern South America". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 0: e1239204. doi:10.1080/02724634.2017.1239204. ISSN 0272-4634.
  16. ^ Candela, A. M. (2004). "A new giant porcupine (Rodentia, Erethizontidae) from the late Miocene of Argentina". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 24 (3): 732–741. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2004)024[0732:ANGPRE]2.0.CO;2.
  17. ^ Woodman, N.; Timm, R. M. (2006). Graves, Gary R. (ed.). "Characters and phylogenetic relationships of nectar-feeding bats, with descriptions of new Lonchophylla from western South America (Mammalia: Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae: Lonchophyllini)". Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington. 119 (4): 437–476. doi:10.2988/0006-324X(2006)119[437:CAPRON]2.0.CO;2. hdl:1808/4474.
  18. ^ Price, R.D.; Hellenthal, R.A. (1979). "A review of the Geomydoecus tolucae complex (Mallophaga: Trichodectidae) from Thomomys (Rodentia: Geomyidae), based on qualitative and quantitative characters" (PDF). J. Med. Entomol. 16 (4): 265–274. doi:10.1093/jmedent/16.4.265. PMID 541803.
  19. ^ Vieites, D.R.; Ratsoavina, F.M.; Randrianiaina, R.D.; Nagy, Z.T.; Glaw, F.; Vences, M. (2010). "A rhapsody of colours from Madagascar: discovery of a remarkable new snake of the genus Liophidium and its phylogenetic relationships". Salamandra. 46: 1–10.
  20. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Patton", p. 201).
  21. ^ "James L. Patton Award | American Society of Mammalogists". www.mammalogy.org.

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