Nancy Moncrief

Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Curator of Mammalogy

Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Curator of Mammalogy

"Growing up, I spent countless hours riding horses and exploring nature. These early explorations inspired in me a fascination with the form and function of different animals, which led to my interest in the process of natural selection. A field course in Mexico as an undergraduate student introduced me to methods of collecting and preparing specimens for research, and I knew I wanted to become a curator."

- Dr. Nancy Moncrief on what inspired her to pursue a career in science


Dr. Nancy Moncrief
Curator of Mammalogy

Professional Titles

  • Curator of Mammalogy, Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Affiliate Faculty, Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Associated Researcher, University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences, Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Program, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the University of Virginia, and the Nature Conservancy.


  • Ph.D. Zoology, Louisiana State University, 1987
  • M.S. Biology, Fort Hays State University, 1981
  • B.S. Biology, Memphis State University, 1978 (cum laude)

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of Virginia
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Research Interests

  • Biogeography, ecology, and population genetics of mammals on the Virginia barrier islands
  • Ecology and evolution of eastern fox squirrels and eastern gray squirrels
  • Systematics of sciurids

Representative Professional Service

  • Councilor, Virginia Natural History Society
  • President, Virginia Natural History Society
  • Chair, Natural History and Biodiversity Section, Virginia Academy of Sciences
  • Secretary, Natural History and Biodiversity Section, Virginia Academy of Sciences
  • Committee of Visitors, Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), National Science Foundation
  • American Society of Mammalogists: Grants-In-Aid Committee
  • American Society of Mammalogists: Systematic Collections Committee

Selected Publications

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