Department Deputy Head and Senior Curator
Area: Natural History
B.A., Zoology, Botany, Carleton University, 1967
M.Sc., Zoology, University of Toronto, 1973
Ph.D., Zoology, University of Toronto, 1984
Judith Eger is Senior Curator of Mammalogy and Deputy Head of the Department of Natural History at the ROM. She has worked at the ROM since the fall of 1968, completing two graduate degrees in the early part of her career.
Judith was born and raised in Dryden, Ontario. Her academic interests focus on mammalian systematics and evolution (including speciation, zoogeography and phylogeny), concentrating on bats and arctic mammals, the topics of her M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. Since 1970, she has conducted and participated in collecting trips in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Colombia, Caribbean Islands, Kenya, Vietnam and China. Her current research focuses on the systematics and biogeography of the bats of southeast Asia, and is an extension of her earlier work on the biogeography of the bats of Madagascar, examining the affinities of Madagascar bats to African and Asian species using morphological and genetic data.
Along with other ROM curators, Judith is working with the University of Guelph on a project to sequence the COI gene for the mammal tissue collection at the ROM. Referred to as the "Bar Code of Life Data Systems" (BOLD), and lead by Paul Hebert at the University of Guelph, the project will provide baseline sequences for mammals from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, southeast Asia and China. In addition to providing a species identification tool, these sequences are being used in individual research projects.
Less than 10% of the planet’s estimated 100 million species have been identified and described.