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Northwest Missouri State University

Peter Adam

Peter Adam



2677 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2008

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D.; University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S.; University of Calgary

Courses Taught

  • General Zoology (Bio 114)
  • General Zoology Lab (Bio 115)
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology (Bio 130)
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Internship (Bio 303)
  • Undergraduate Research in Biology (Bio 306)
  • Comparative Anatomy (Bio 322)
  • Problems in Morphological-Anatomical Biology (Bio 429)
  • Biological Senior Seminar (Bio 491)
  • Current Topics in Biology (Bio 510) - Advanced Microscopy, Etymology, Phylogenetic Systematics
  • Advanced Current Topics in Biology (Bio 610)
  • Graduate Seminar in Biology (Bio 680)
  • Graduate Research in Biology (Bio 691)
  • Marine Mammals (COA 543/543L, at Gulf Coast Research Lab, University of Mississippi)

Academic Interests

  • Functional anatomy of locomotion and feeding
  • Marine mammals
  • Evolution
  • Phylogenetic systematics
  • Paleontology
  • Extinction

Scholarly Activity

  • Adam, P.J. 2009. Hindlimb Anatomy. Pages 562-565 in The Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 2nd Edition (W.F. Perrin, B. Würsig, and H. Thewissen, eds.). Academic Press, San Diego, California.
  • Adam, P.J. 2005. Lobodon carcinophaga. Mammalian Species 772:1-14.
  • Adam, P.J. 2004. Monachus tropicalis. Mammalian Species 747:1-9.
  • Deméré, T.A., A. Berta, and P.J. Adam. 2003. Pinnipedimorph evolutionary biogeography. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 279:32-76.
  • Adam, P.J. and G.G. Garcia. 2003. New information on the natural history, distribution, and skull of the extinct (?) West Indian monk seal, Monachus tropicalis. Marine Mammal Science 19:297-317.
  • Adam, P.J. and A. Berta. 2002. Evolution of prey capture strategies and diet in Pinnipedimorpha (Mammalia, Carnivora). Oryctos 4:83-107.
  • Berta, A. and P.J. Adam. 2001. Evolutionary Biology of Pinnipeds. Pages 235-260 in Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water (J.M. Mazin and V. de Buffrénil, eds.). Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, München, Germany.
  • Adam, P.J. 1999. Choloepus didactylus. Mammalian Species 621:1-8.

Student Group Advisement

  • Biology (Zoology emphasis)
  • Marine Biology
  • Pre-Professional Zoology
  • Wildlife Ecology and Evolution

Other Professional Experiences

  • Sociedad Latino-americana de Especialistas em Mamíferos Acuático
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Society for Study of Mammalian Evolution
  • Society of Marine Mammalogy
  • Society of Systematic Biologists
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology