Research Curator of Aquatic Invertebrates
Ph.D., Anthropology (Zooarchaeology), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1980
M.A., Anthropology (Zooarchaeology), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1976
B.A., Anthropology, Washington State University, 1972
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
My research focuses on the systematics, phylogeny and evolution of freshwater mollusks. My main research emphasis is on the bivalve order Unionida, the freshwater bivalves. I am collaborating with several people on problems in phylogeny of the order, questions on the evolution of morphology and reproduction and how all of this affects the modern classification of this endangered group of animals. I am collaborating on a type catalog of the 800+ taxa described in the North American Pleurocidae [Gastropoda] with Jeff Garner and Paul Johnson, (colleagues from Alabama) and Ellen Strong (Smithsonian Institution). This is laying the ground work for a revision of the phylogeny and classification of this major group of eastern North American freshwater gastropods. Additionally, I am coordinating the revision of the order Unionoida section of the Treatise of Invertebrate Paleontology. This covers the modern and fossil record of this order down to the generic level. All remaining time is spent on the curation of the H.D. Athearn freshwater mollusk collection into our Research Mollusk Collection.
Bogan, A.E. 2008. Global diversity of freshwater mussels (Mollusca, Bivalvia) in freshwater. Global diversity of freshwater animals Hydrobiologia 595:139-147.
Williams, J.D., A.E. Bogan and J.T. Garner.2008. Freshwater mussels of Alabama and the Mobile Basin in Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. xv, 908 pages, 766 figures.
Breton, S., D.T. Stewart, S. Shepardson, R.J. Trdan, A.E. Bogan, E.G. Chapman, A.J. Ruminas, H. Piontkivska and W.R. Hoeh. 2011. Novel protein genes in animal mtDNA: a new sex determination system in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida). Molecular Biology and Evolution 28(5):1645-1659.
Carter, J.G., C.R. Altaba, L.C. Anderson, R. Araujo, A.S. Biakov, A.E. Bogan, D.C. Campbell, M. Campbell, Chen, J.-h., J.C.W. Cope, G.Delvene, H.H. Dijkstra, Fang, Z.-j., R.N. Gardner, V.A. Gavrilova, I.A. Goncharova, P.J. Harries, J.H. Hartman, M. Hautmann, W.R. Hoeh, J. Hylleberg, Jiang, B.-y., P. Johnston, L. Kirkendale, K. Kleemann, J. Koppka, J. Kríž, D. Machado, N. Malchus, A. Márquez-Aliaga, J.-P. Masse, C.A. McRoberts, P.U. Middelfart, S. Mitchell, L.A. Nevesskaja, S. Özer, J.Pojeta, Jr., I.V. Polubotko, J. Maria Pons, S. Popov, T. Sánchez, A.F. Sartori, R.W. Scott, I.I. Sey, J.H. Signorelli, V.V. Silantiev, P.W. Skelton, T. Steuber, J.B. Waterhouse, G.L. Wingard, and T. Yancey. 2011. A synopitical classification of the Bivalvia (Mollusca). Paleontological Contributions Number 4. Kansas University Paleontological Institute. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. October 27 2011. 1-47 pages.
Carter, J.G., P.J. Harries, N. Malchus, A.F. Sartori, L.C. Anderson, R. Bieler, A.E. Bogan, E.V. Coan, J.C. W. Cope, S. Cragg, J.R. García-March, J. Hylleberg, P. Kelley, K. Kleemann, J. Kríž, C. McRoberts, P.M. Mikkelsen, J. Pojeta, Jr., I. Tëmkin, T. Yancey, and A. Zieritz. 2012. Part N, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 48: Illustrated Glossary of the Bivalvia. Treatise Online Number 48:1–209, figs.327
Complete Publications Coming Soon
Workbook and Key to the Freshwater Bivalves of North Carolina  (PDF, 2.8MB)
Color Plates  (PDF, 3.3MB)
This is an introductory resource for learning to identify the state's freshwater bivalves or clams. It was developed for N.C. Department of Transportation biologists participating in a February 2002 workshop, and subsequently revised based on their comments. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open these files. It features:
- Figures illustrating landmarks on the shells of freshwater bivalves that are important for their identification.
- Use of only shell characteristics so that dead shells or isolated valves may be identified. Knowledge of mussel anatomy not required.
- Color images of 58 species of freshwater bivalves that occur in North Carolina. Fifty-six of these belong to the native family Unionidae. The introduced Asian clam and the fingernail clams (Sphaeriidae) are included in the key only to family level.
- An introduction to the literature on freshwater bivalves of North Carolina and a list of Web sites about freshwater mollusks of North America.
Field Guide to the Freshwater Mussels of South Carolina  (PDF, 8.9MB)
Workbook and Key to the Freshwater Bivalves of South Carolina  (PDF, 3.4MB)
Tennessee's Rare Wildlife Vol. 2: The Mollusks  (PDF, 12.3MB)
Manual of the Freshwater Bivalves of Maryland  (PDF, 8.2MB)
Workshop on Freshwater Bivalves of Pennsylvania  (PDF, 6.7MB)
Freshwater Mollusks, With an emphasis on the Northeast  (PDF, 7.6MB)
Herbert D. Athern Obituary  (PDF)
Mollusk Bibliography Database : A searchable database of literature on freshwater mussels and, to a lesser extent, other freshwater mollusks. With around 14,000 references, the database covers freshwater mussels worldwide and includes paleontological literature, “gray” literature, theses, and dissertations. Maintained by Kevin Cummings (Illinois Natural History Survey), Dr. Arthur Bogan (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences), Dr. G. Thomas Watters (Ohio State University, Museum), and C. A. Mayer (Illinois Natural History Survey), the database is a work in progress. Users are encouraged to notify the authors of errors and omissions. Supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Freshwater Bivalves of the World : This is a searchable database of the freshwater bivalves assigned to 19 families living around the world including distribution by eco-regions. This was the basis for the paper: Bogan, A.E. 2008. Global diversity of freshwater mussels (Mollusca, Bivalvia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:139-147. This is part of the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment project  which is based in Brussels, Belgium.