Research Zoologist with the U. S. Geological Survey and Curator of Mammals at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
B.A. 1980. Geology, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. M.S. 1982. Geology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City. M.Phil. 1986. Systematics and Ecology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence. Ph.D. 1992. Systematics and Ecology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Research focuses on the taxonomy and systematics of mammals, with a particular emphasis on the morphology, diversity, and evolutionary relationships of the Soricidae (shrews) and Tupaiidae (tree shrews). Woodman’s portfolio also includes publications on bats, rodents, mastodons, the structure of tropical mammalian communities, and historical biology.
Recently published two papers on biological aspects of ancient Egyptian shrew mummies. In continuing this work, he is particularly interested in documenting the diversity of species used for religious functions and understanding how it relates to the wild-living community of species, how diversity may have changed through time, and how such change may be related to climate change.
Woodman, N., C. Koch, and R. Hutterer. 2017. Rediscovery of the type series of the Sacred Shrew, Sorex religiosus I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1826, with additional notes on mummified shrews of ancient Egypt (Mammalia: Soricidae). Zootaxa 4341(1):1–24.
Woodman, N. 2015. On the original description of the Sacred Shrew, Sorex religiosa I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1826 [nec 1827] (Mammalia: Soricidae). Bionomina 9:50–53.