Research Zoologist and Curator of Mollusks

Dr. Robert Hershler kneeling in the grass to collect tiny amphibious snails
Dr. Robert Hershler collects tiny amphibious snails at Grapevine Springs, northern Death Valley. Photo by Hsiu-Ping Liu.

Dr. Robert Hershler is a research zoologist and curator of mollusks in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Bob first became interested in mollusks as an undergrad at SUNY at Stony Brook, where he took classes in invertebrate zoology and assisted in the laboratory of marine biologist Jeffrey Levinton. He majored in biology at Stony Brook and then went on to obtain master's and doctorate degrees in ecology and evolution at Johns Hopkins University.

Bob's current research focuses on systematics, morphology, and biogeography of tiny freshwater gastropods of the superfamily Truncatelloidea, particularly the western North American fauna.