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Dr. Ronald Sarno


Welcome to the Sarno Lab for Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Genetics

Students in my lab address questions in molecular ecology, behavioral ecology, evolution, and population biology to address fundamental questions at the interface of ecology and conservation of vertebrates. We combine field observations, field experiments, modeling techniques, and laboratory analyses to answer specific questions at the organismal, population, and species level. Much of my past research has focused on the population ecology, evolution, and behavior of mammals, primarily the wild South American camelids, due to my interest in mating systems, social behavior, and population dynamics. I am not restricted to the study of any one taxon. Rather, my students and I strive to ask interesting and relevant questions regarding conservation, ecology, and evolution.

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