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Visitors from the American Museum of Natural History

Dr. Chris Raxworthy, Dr. Sara Ruane, Rachel Welt

Dr. Raxworthy (and his team) have been studying reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar since 1985. Since then, he has found (and is continuing to describe) many new species and has added a wealth of information to the knowledge on known species. Currently, his research is focused on snake, gecko and chameleon molecular and morphological systematics, and the use of remotely sensed data (from satellites) to help predict the distributions and model the ecological niches of species.  This project includes field surveys of mountainous areas of northern Madagascar, of which many have never been previously explored or surveyed.


Sara Ruane and Rachel Welt  assemble tissue sub-samples of a variety of Madagascar reptiles and amphibians for DNA analysis.

This tedious process is greatly facilitated by the use of the Division's new cryovial labeling printer and software.




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