Research

At Yale, I investigated Southeast Asian treeshrew taxonomy with Dr. Eric Sargis. We analyzed multivariate morphometric data from museum specimens to explore ecogeographic variation in these poorly studied mammals. My senior thesis grew out of a Yale-Smithsonian internship I completed in 2018, supplemented by additional data collection in 2019 from specimens at six natural history museums. This work was supported by the Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship, the Tetelman Fellowship for International Research in the Sciences, the Yale Summer Environmental Fellowship, and the Saybrook College Richter Fellowship.

Previously I worked with Dr. Sara Ruane, then at the AMNH Department of Herpetology, on cryptic speciation in Malagasy snakes (see our project featured here!). Our work together culminated in the description of a new species, Mimophis occultus, based on an integrative analysis of molecular and morphological data.

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Juman, M.M., Olson, L.E., and Sargis, E.J. (2021) Skeletal variation and taxonomic boundaries in the Pen-tailed Treeshrew (Scandentia: Ptilocercidae; Ptilocercus lowii Gray, 1848). Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 28(4): 1193-1203.

Juman, M.M., Woodman, N., Olson, L.E., and Sargis, E.J. (2021) Ecogeographic variation and taxonomic boundaries in Large Treeshrews (Scandentia, Tupaiidae: Tupaia tana Raffles, 1821) from Southeast Asia. Journal of Mammalogy, 102(4): 1054-1066.

Ruane, S., Myers, E.A., Lo, K., Yuen, S., Welt, R.S., Juman, M.M., Futterman, I., Nussbaum, R.A., Schneider, G., Burbrink, F.T., Raxworthy, C.J. (2018) Unrecognized species diversity and new insights into colour pattern polymorphism within the widespread Malagasy snake Mimophis (Serpentes: Lamprophiidae). Systematics and Biodiversity, 16(3): 229-244.

Presentations

Juman, M.M., Olson, L.E., and Sargis, E.J. “Skeletal variation and taxonomic boundaries in the Pen-tailed Treeshrew (Scandentia, Ptilocercidae: Ptilocercus lowii).” Presented at the Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, 6/15/2021. Received the ASM Travel Award.

Juman, M.M., Woodman, N., Olson, L.E., Sargis, E.J. “Ecogeographic variation and taxonomic boundaries in Large Treeshrews (Mammalia, Scandentia) from Southeast Asia.” Presented at the Saybrook College Senior Mellon Forum, New Haven, CT, 3/2/2020.

Juman, M.M., Woodman, N., Olson, L.E., Sargis, E.J. “Skeletal variation among island populations of Large Treeshrews (Scandentia: Tupaiidae: Tupaia tana).” Presented at the Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Washington, D.C., 6/29/2019. Received the ASM Undergraduate Student Honorarium.