Suzanne McLaren, MS

Collection Manager
Edward O'Neil Research Center
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
412.665.2751 (fax)

Suzanne McLaren is the Collection Manager for Mammals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. Mammals houses the eighth largest collection of recent mammals in the Western Hemisphere. McLaren received her Master of Science in Biology from Shippensburg University in 1978 and began working in the section in September 1977.

McLaren’s research focuses on the ecology and systematics of mammals of the eastern United States, especially Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the systematics and taxonomy of Sciurus granatensis. She is an active member of the Mammal Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey.

McLaren is also committed to advancing techniques in the care and preservation of natural history collections as well as ethics and data sharing for computerized collections. She served as Treasurer of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections from 1988 to 1993 and as President of from 2000–2002. In 1993, she received the first SPNHC President’s Award in recognition of distinguished service in the development and continued success of the Society. McLaren has also represented SPNHC on the White House Millennium Council and the Heritage Health Index Task Force.

McLaren was voted President-Elect of the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) in 2006, stepping into the role of President in June of 2008. McLaren is only the third female president and the first non-PhD president in over 50 years. As President-Elect, McLaren served a two-year term from 2006–2008, transitioning into the position of ASM President, leader of the world's oldest and largest scientific organization devoted to mammals. Prior to the presidency, McLaren had served for two terms on the ASM Board before being elected Recording Secretary in 2001. In 2001, she received the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award in recognition of outstanding service to the American Society of Mammalogists, becoming only the third woman so recognized since the Jackson Award’s inception in 1978.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked as one of the top five natural history museums in the country. The museum maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 21 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available at

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