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Robert Tamarin
Robert H. TamarinProfessor Emeritus

Research Interests

Genetics; Evolution; Ecology

Small Mammal Population Processes; Radionuclide Methodology for Relatedness in Natural Populations; DNA Fingerprinting; Electrophoresis; Tissue Culture; Mathematical Modeling of Population Processes

Education

  • Ph D: Genetics , Evolution and Ecology, (1968), Indiana University - Indiana
  • BS: Genetics , Evolution and Ecology, (1963), Brooklyn College - Brooklyn, New York

Biography

Robert H. Tamarin is Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, a position he held from September 1996 until September 2012. He began his teaching career at Boston University, where he remained for 25 years; for the last six, he was professor and chairman of the Biology Department. He received his B.S. degree from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Before beginning at Boston University, Professor Tamarin was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Genetics Department at the University of Hawaii and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biology Department at Princeton University. His research interests have focused on evolutionary genetics. He has developed electrophoretic, radioisotopic, and DNA fingerprinting techniques for use in studies that were funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the American Philosophical Society. He has also received two educational grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and funding from Duke Energy Gas Transmission. Professor Tamarin is a widely published author of many scientific articles and Principles of Genetics, a textbook in its seventh edition with McGraw-Hill Publishers. He was a regular contributor to World Book Science Year and is included in 15 "Who's Who" listings, including Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, and Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century. Professor Tamarin has taught Introductory Genetics to thousands of students in a broad range of class sizes and settings. His other courses have included Population Genetics, Population Biology, Introductory Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and topics ranging from critical thinking in biology to mathematical modeling of genetic and evolutionary processes.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century
  • 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century
  • Academic Keys Whoês Who in Sciences Higher Education
  • Academic Keys WhoÕs Who in Sciences Higher Education
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • Lexington Whoês Who
  • Lexington WhoÕs Who
  • Men of Achievement
  • Men of Achievement
  • Naturalistsê Directory and Almanac (International)
  • NaturalistsÕ Directory and Almanac (International)
  • Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, Scholarship/Research
  • Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, Scholarship/Research
  • Permanent International File of Naturalists
  • Permanent International File of Naturalists
  • Personalities of America
  • Personalities of America
  • Strathmoreês Whoês Who
  • StrathmoreÕs WhoÕs Who
  • The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, Leadership
  • The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, Leadership
  • Whoês Who Among Americaês Teachers, Teaching
  • Whoês Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology
  • Whoês Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Whoês Who in Science and Engineering
  • Whoês Who in Technology
  • Whoês Who in the East
  • Whoês Who in the Leadership of the United States, Leadership
  • Whoês Who in the World
  • WhoÕs Who Among AmericaÕs Teachers, Teaching
  • WhoÕs Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology
  • WhoÕs Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • WhoÕs Who in Science and Engineering
  • WhoÕs Who in Technology
  • WhoÕs Who in the East
  • WhoÕs Who in the Leadership of the United States, Leadership
  • WhoÕs Who in the World
  • The Dictionary of Leading Americans (2000)
  • The Dictionary of Leading Americans (2000)
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars (1991), Scholarship/Research - Boston University
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars (1991), Scholarship/Research - Boston University
  • Scholastic Achievement, Founders Day (1965), Scholarship/Research - Indiana University
  • Scholastic Achievement, Founders Day (1965), Scholarship/Research - Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • Ebensperger, L.A., Botto-Mahan, C., Tamarin, R.H. (2000) "Nonparental Infanticide in Meadow Voles, Microtus Pennsylvanicus: The Influence of Nutritional Benefits," Ethology Ecology and Evolution 12:2 pp. 149-160
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1999) "Principles of Genetics,"
  • Fortier, G.M., Tamarin, R.H. (1998) "Movement of Meadow Voles in Response to Food and Density Manipulations: A Test of the Food-Defense and Pup-Defense Hypotheses," Journal of mammalogy 79:1 pp. 337-345
  • Gaines, M.S., Diffendorfer, J.E., Tamarin, R.H., Whittam, T.S. (1997) "The Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the Genetic Structure of Small Mammal Populations," Journal of Heredity 88:4 pp. 294-304
  • Ebensperger, L.A., Tamarin, R.H. (1997) "Use of fluorescent powder to infer mating activity of male rodents," Journal of mammalogy pp. 888-893
  • Fortier, G.M., Erskine, M.S., Tamarin, R.H. (1996) "Female Familiarity Influences Odor Preferences and Plasma Estradiol Levels in the Meadow Vole, Microtus Pennsylvanicus," Physiology & Behavior 59:1 pp. 205-208
  • Fortier, G.M., Erskine, M.S., Tamarin, R.H. (1996) "Hormonal Correlates of Receptivity in Female Meadow Voles, Microtus Pennsylvanicus," Journal of mammalogy pp. 404-406
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1996) "Principios De Gen Tica,"
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1994) "A Critique for Ecology, Continued," Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 75:2 pp. 101-101
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1993) "Reviews -- Voles (Microtinae): Fauna of the USSR (Mammals, Volume 3, No. 8) by I. M. Gromov and I. Y. Polyakov," Journal of mammalogy 74:2 pp. 511
  • Ferkin, M.H., Tamarin, R.H., Pugh, S.R. (1992) "Cryptic Relatedness and the Opportunity for Kin Recognition in Microtine Rodents," Oikos 63:2 pp. 328-332
  • Pugh, S.R., Tamarin, R.H. (1991) "A Comparison of Population Characteristics and Reproductive Success of Resident and Immigrant Meadow Voles," Canadian journal of zoology 69:10 pp. 2638-2643
  • Tamarin, R.H., Leavitt, R.W. (1991) "Principles of Genetics, Wm. C,"
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1990) "Social Systems and Population Cycles in Voles,"
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1989) "Book reviews -- Mammalian Dispersal Patterns: The Effects of Social Structure on Population Genetics edited by B. Diane Chepko-Sade and Zuleyma Tang Halpin," Animal Behaviour 37:1 pp. 170
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1989) "Mammal Populations," Conservation Biology pp. 105-106
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1989) "Mammalian Dispersal Patterns: The Effects of Social Structure on Population Genetics," Animal Behaviour 37:4 pp. 170-170
  • Pugh, S.R., Tamarin, R.H. (1988) "Inbreeding in a Population of Meadow Voles, Microtus Pennsylvanicus," Canadian journal of zoology 66:8 pp. 1831-1834
  • Sheridan, M., Tamarin, R.H. (1988) "Space Use, Longevity, and Reproductive Success in Meadow Voles," Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 22:2 pp. 85-90
  • Moyer, C.A., Adler, G.H., Tamarin, R.H. (1988) "Systematics of New England Microtus, with Emphasis on Microtus Breweri," Journal of mammalogy pp. 782-794
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1988) "The Role of Behavior in Models of Small Rodent Population Dynamics," Oikos 52:2 pp. 222-223
  • Tamarin, R.H., Sheridan, M. (1987) "Behavior-Genetic Mechanisms of Population Regulation in Microtine Rodents," American Zoologist 27:3 pp. 921-927
  • Tamarin, R.H., Sheridan, M. (1987) "Sibship Assignment and Mass-Defined Recruitment in a Population of Meadow Voles," Ecology pp. 1102-1104
  • Tamarin, R.H., Adler, G.H., Sheridan, M., Zwicker, K. (1987) "Similarity of Spring Population Densities of the Island Beach Vole (Microtus Breweri), 1972-1986," Canadian journal of zoology 65:8 pp. 2039-2041
  • Sheridan, M., Tamarin, R.H. (1986) "Kinships in a Natural Meadow Vole Population," Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 19:3 pp. 207-211
  • Tamarin, R.H., Pippard, A.B. (1986) "Some Other Books of Interest.(Book Reviews: Biology of New World Microtus; Predator-Prey Relationships)," Science 233: pp. 992-993
  • Ostfeld, R.S., Tamarin, R.H. (1986) "The Role of Seasonality in Vole Cycles," Canadian journal of zoology 64:12 pp. 2871-2872
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1985) "Biology of New World Microtus,"
  • Sheridan, M., Tamarin, R.H. (1985) "Genetic Variation of Salivary Amylase in Meadow Voles," Journal of mammalogy pp. 821-823
  • Moyer, C.A., Adler, G.H., Tamarin, R.H. (1985) "Regressions of Skull and Molar Measurements for Estimating Body Size of Microtus Breweri and Microtus Pennsylvanicus from Southeastern Massachusetts," American Midland Naturalist 113:2 pp. 388-389
  • Morimoto, D.C., Tamarin, R.H., Levy, C.K. (1985) "Whole-Body Biological Elimination Rates of Gamma-Emitting Radionuclides in Captive Meadow Voles, Microtus Pennsylvanicus," Health physics 49:6 pp. 1217-1228
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1984) "Body Mass as a Criterion of Dispersal in Vole: A Critique," Journal of mammalogy 65:4 pp. 691-692
  • Adler, G.H., Tamarin, R.H. (1984) "Demography and Reproduction in Island and Mainland White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus Leucopus) in Southeastern Massachusetts," Canadian journal of zoology 62:1 pp. 58-64
  • Tamarin, R.H., Reich, L.M., Moyer, C.A. (1984) "Meadow Vole Cycles Within Fences," Canadian journal of zoology 62:9 pp. 1796-1804
  • Reich, L.M., Tamarin, R.H. (1984) "Multiple Capture Trap Associations of Meadow Voles (Microtus Pennsylvanicus)," Journal of mammalogy pp. 85-90
  • Tamarin, R.H., Sheridan, M., Levy, C.K. (1983) "Determining Matrilineal Kinship in Natural Populations of Rodents Using Radionuclides," Canadian journal of zoology 61:1 pp. 271-274
  • Reich, L.M., Wood, K.M., Rothstein, B.E., Tamarin, R.H. (1982) "Aggressive Behaviour of Male Microtus Breweri and Its Demographic Implications," Animal Behaviour 30:1 pp. 117-122
  • Nadeau, J.H., Dietz, K., Tamarin, R.H. (1981) "Gametic Selection and the Selection Component Analysis," Genet.Res.(Camb.) 37: pp. 275-284
  • Keith, T.P., Tamarin, R.H. (1981) "Genetic and Demographic Differences Between Dispersers and Residents in Cycling and Noncycling Vole Populations," Journal of mammalogy pp. 713-725
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1981) "Hip Glands in Wild-Caught Microtus Pennsylvanicus," Journal of mammalogy 62:2 pp. 421-421
  • Nadeau, J.H., Lombardi, R.T., Tamarin, R.H. (1981) "Population Structure and Dispersal of Peromyscus Leucopus on Muskeget Island," Canadian journal of zoology 59:5 pp. 793-799
  • Goldberg, M., Tabroff, N.R., Tamarin, R.H. (1980) "Nutrient Variation in Beach Grass in Relation to Beach Vole Feeding," Ecology pp. 1029-1033
  • Adams, M.R., Tamarin, R.H., Callard, I.P. (1980) "Seasonal Changes in Plasma Androgen Levels and the Gonads of the Beach Vole, Microtus Breweri," General and comparative endocrinology 41:1 pp. 31-40
  • Renzulli, C.B., Flowers, J.F., Tamarin, R.H. (1980) "The Effects of Trapping Design on Demographic Estimates in the Meadow Vole, Microtus Pennsylvanicus," American Midland Naturalist pp. 397-401
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1978) "Dispersal, Population Regulation, and K-Selection in Field Mice," American Naturalist pp. 545-555
  • Krebs, C.J., Gaines, M.S., Keller, B.L., Myers, J.H., Tamarin, R.H. (1978) "Population Cycles in Small Rodents," Population regulation (Tamarin, R., ed.).Dowden Hutchinson and Ross Inc
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1978) "Population Regulation," 7:
  • Kohn, P.H., Tamarin, R.H. (1978) "Selection at Electrophoretic Loci for Reproductive Parameters in Island and Mainland Voles," Evolution pp. 15-28
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1977) "Demography of the Beach Vole (Microtus Breweri) and the Meadow Vole (Microtus Pennsylvanicus) in Southeastern Massachusetts," Ecology pp. 1310-1321
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1977) "Disperal in Island and Mainland Voles," Ecology pp. 1044-1054
  • Rothstein, B.E., Tamarin, R.H. (1977) "Feeding Behavior of the Insular Beach Vole, Microtus Breweri," Journal of mammalogy 58:1
  • Tamarin, R.H. (1977) "Reproduction in the Island Beach Vole, Microtus Breweri, and the Mainland Meadow Vole, Microtus Pennsylvanicus, in Southeastern Massachusetts," Journal of mammalogy pp. 536-548
  • To, L.P., Tamarin, R.H. (1977) "The Relation of Population Density and Adrenal Gland Weight in Cycling and Noncycling Voles (Microtus)," Ecology pp. 928-934
  • Fivush, B., Parker, R., Tamarin, R.H. (1975) "Karyotype of the Beach Vole, Microtus Breweri, an Endemic Island Species," Journal of mammalogy 56:1
  • Tamarin, R.H., Kunz, T.H. (1974) "Microtus Breweri," Mammalian Species 45 pp. 1-3
  • Schaffer, W.M., Tamarin, R.H. (1973) "Changing Reproductive Rates and Population Cycles in Lemmings and Voles," Evolution pp. 111-124
  • Kohn, P.H., Tamarin, R.H. (1973) "Isozyme Activities in the Domestic Cat (Felis Catus)," Animal Blood Groups and Biochemical Genetics 4:1 pp. 59-62
  • Krebs, C.J., Gaines, M.S., Keller, B.L., Myers, J.H., Tamarin, R.H. (1973) "Population Cycles in Small Rodents," Science (New York, NY) 179:4068
  • Tamarin, R.H., Krebs, C.J. (1973) "Selection at the Transferrin Locus in Cropped Vole Populations," Heredity 30:1 pp. 53-62
  • Tamarin, R.H., Malecha, S.R., Steiner, W.W., Dennis, M.N. (1972) "Genetic Events in Rat Populations at Eniwetok Atoll,"
  • Tamarin, R.H., Malecha, S.R. (1972) "Reproductive Parameters in Rattus Rattus and Rattus Exulans of Hawaii, 1968 to 1970," Journal of mammalogy pp. 513-528
  • Tamarin, R.H., Malecha, S.R. (1971) "The Population Biology of Hawaiian Rodents: Demographic Parameters," Ecology pp. 384-394
  • Tamarin, R.H., Krebs, C.J. (1969) "Microtus Population Biology. II. Genetic Changes at the Transferrin Locus in Fluctuating Populations of Two Vole Species," Evolution pp. 183-211
  • Krebs, C.J., Keller, B.L., Tamarin, R.H. (1969) "Microtus Population Biology: Demographic Changes in Fluctuating Populations of M. Ochrogaster and M. Pennsylvanicus in Southern Indiana," Ecology 50:4 pp. 587-607
  • Malecha, S.R., Tamarin, R.H. (1969) "Plasma Transferrins in Three Species of Rattus on Pacific Islands," American naturalist pp. 664-669

Selected Presentations

  • - Science Made Sensible, University of Miami, 2007 - Miami, FL
  • - Charles Krebs Retirement Symposium, 2002 - University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • - Boston Luncheon Speaker Series at the University of Massachusetts PresidentÕs Office, 2001 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • - Lowell Rotarians Luncheon, 2001 - Lowell, Massachusetts
  • - Society of Sigma Xi, University of Rhode Island Chapter, 2001 - Providence, Rhode Island
  • - Phi Sigma Society Banquet, 1988 - Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • - Annual Meeting, American Society of Zoologists, 1985 - Baltimore, Maryland
  • , 1984 - Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • - Third International Theriological Congress, 1982 - Helsinki, Finland
  • - Population Biologists of New England Meeting, 1981 - Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • - Smithsonian Mammal Behavior Symposium, 1980 - Front Royal, Virginia
  • , 1978 - University of Kansas, Lawrence
  • - Hudson Symposium, State University of New York, 1978 - Plattsburgh, New York
  • , 1976 - Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, University of Pittsburgh
  • - American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, 1976 - Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Fellowship, Postdoctoral (1970), - Ford Foundation, Princeton University
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  • Fellowship, Postdoctoral (1968), Fellowship - NIH, University of Hawaii
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  • NIH Genetics Training Grant (1963), Fellowship - Indiana University
    Tamarin, R.
  • (1967), - Committee on Institutional Cooperation University of Wisconsin, Traveling Scholar
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