Author: Nicole F. Angeli

Nicole F. Angeli

Nicole Frances Angeli is a research associate and former Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. She studies how species can survive in a changing world where threats still exist. Using museum specimens, natural history, and old maps to understand historic declines, her work is informing conservation actions for endangered and widespread species today. Her favorite field trip for the Smithsonian was to St. Thomas where the type specimen of the Puerto Rican ground lizard was collected by a pharmacist in 1862. When she's not in the collections, she is taking a long ocean swim!

St. Croix ground lizards are one of the world's rarest lizards. (Nicole Angeli, Smithsonian)