Ross Douglas Earle MacPhee


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American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, American Society of Mammalogists, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, American Quaternary Association, International Quaternary Association, Arctic Institute of North America


Hakluyt Society, Explorers Club, Society for the History of Discoveries, Polar Libraries Colloquy, Grolier Club

Cuba: Nature of an Island/Cuba: Naturaleza de una Isla (October 1993-March 1994) Photographic exhibition featuring the work of Alfonso Silva Lee (Akeley Gallery, AMNH)

Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk (March-September 1996) Examination of leading causes of endangerment and extinction of species in the modern world (Gallery 3, AMNH)

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (April-October 1999) Photographs and artifacts relating to Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914-1916 expedition to Antarctica (co-curated with Caroline Alexander; Gallery 77, AMNH)

The Horse (May 2008-January 2009) How humans changed horses and vice versa, from earliest interactions to the present (Gallery 4, AMNH)

Race to the End of the Earth (May 2010-January 2011) Discovery and science at the southern end of the world (Gallery 4, AMNH)

Hall of North American Mammals, curator and science advisor, renovation (2011-2012)

Hall of Asian Mammals & Hall of Asian Peoples, co-curator, renovation pre-planning (2012 to date)

Bio/profile for popular audience:,,

Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology (Springer book series):,11855,4-0-69-107887971-0,00.html?

Wrangel Island Expedition:

Scientific American interview:; ID=0004839D-C6AC-1CDA-B4A8809EC588EEDF

AMNH extinction symposium:

Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms:

Cloning the mammoth:


Stokstad E (2000) Hunting a mammoth killer. Science 289: 531

Miller M (2001) Mammoth mystery. New Scientist No 2289 (5 May): 32-35

Stone R (2001) Raising the Mammoth: The resurrection of an ice age giant (Perseus, Cambridge MA) (vide pp 138-143)

Calamai P (2004) Beyond “dreadful syncopation”. Toronto Star (7 November 7): p A14

Hecht J (2004) [Genetic evidence for Late Quaternary muskoxen collapse]. New Scientist No 2473 (13 November):

Perkins S (2005) Caribbean extinctions: climate change probably wasn’t the culprit. Science News 168 (18): 275-276.

Hecht J (2005) Humans inflicted slow death on sloth. New Scientist No 2523 (29 October): 15

Hecht J (2006) Ice-age genome project faces cold storage. New Scientist (11 November):

Penny D, Phillips M (2007) Mass survivals. Nature 446 (29 March): 501-502

Ritter M (2007) Study: dinosaur demise didn’t spur species. Washington Post (28 March)

Kanpp S (2007) [Review of Publication 116: Bininda-Emonds et al., Nature (2007)] Faculty of 1000 Biology 13 Apr 2007 (

Choi, C (2008) [Research on megafauna in central Yukon] Scientific American, September 2008:

Lite J (2008) “Russia border dispute: Woolly mammoth is American, not Siberian” [“Out of America” hypothesis of mammoth population history in Holarctica”]

Nickerson C (2008) Mammoths came, saw, returned to Old World Boston Globe, 15 September 2008: "North America was thought to be sideshow," said Ross D. E. MacPhee, curator of vertebrate zoology at New York's American Museum of Natural History and one of ...

Viegas J (2008) How disease can wipe out an entire species. MSNBC Technology & Science, 5 November 2008:

Coelho S (2008)
 Island invaders: infect and conquer. ScienceNOW Daily News 
5 November 2008

Ahmad N (2008) Editor's choice: Extinction - competition or infection? [Review of Publication 125: Wyatt et al., Historical extinction on Christmas Island (Indian Ocean) correlates with introduced infectious disease. PLoS One (2008)] Faculty of 1000 Biology 25 November 2008 (

Floyd Largent (2009) Decoding the Woolly Mammoth. Mammoth Trumpet 24(3): 14-15; 25(1): 9-11, 20

Race to The End (book) and Race to the End of the Earth (exhibition, AMNH 28 May 2010-3 January 2011:

Rejcek, Peter (2010) Race to the end: AMNH showcases famous competition between Scott and Amundsen:

Rejcek, Peter (2010) Bridge to the past: Researcher looks for evidence mammals traversed Antarctica to other continents 100 million years ago:

Rejcek, Peter (2011) Big haul: Paleontologists return from Antarctic expedition with about 200 fossils

Mustain, Andrea (2011) For sale: piece of polar explorers’ dramatic past.

Milius, Susan (2011) DNA: mammoths may have mixed: supposedly separate types may really have been one. Science News 180(12): 13

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