Jim Loughry received a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis in 1987. Since 1991 he has been at Valdosta State University in Georgia, USA, where he is currently a Professor of Biology. Together with his wife, Dr. Colleen McDonough (also a specialist group member), he has been studying nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) for over 20 years. Their research has covered a number of different topics, including population genetics, various ecological and behavioral studies, and the consequences of polyembryonic reproduction. At the moment, they are investigating patterns and consequences of armadillos becoming infected with Mycobacterium leprae, the causative agent in producing leprosy. More details about this and other aspects of Jim’s research can be found on his home page. Jim was one of the co-editors of The Biology of the Xenarthra (University Press of Florida, 2008). He and Colleen are now working on a book about the nine-banded armadillo.