- Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. Expected 2018.
- M.S. in Biology, Degree with Distinction, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Thesis title: Diversification and adaptation in the Andes: Insights from phylogeography, malaria, and hemoglobin of the house wren (Troglodytes aedon). May 2014.
- B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, Degree with Distinction, Magna Cum LaudeUniversity of Delaware, Newark. Thesis title: Long-term reproductive success of the wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) in an isolated forest fragment. May 2010.
Research InterestsResearch Interests
I am interested broadly in the evolution of host-symbiont interactions across spatial and temporal scales. My research largely encompasses studies on: 1) systematics and phylogeography of symbionts and their hosts; 2) molecular evolution of host-symbiont co-evolutionary interactions; and 3) symbiont community and trait diversity, with an emphasis on host specificity. I use birds and their parasitic and mutualistic microbes as a model system with which to study these processes. My current research is focused on higher-level systematics, species delimitation, and host specificity of avian malaria parasites, as well as avian gut microbiome diversity, distribution, and function. I have previously published on avian phylogeography, hemoglobin evolution, and natural history, and I maintain research interests in these areas. My research is heavily dependent on scientific collections, and I strive to actively contribute to these resources.
Galen, S.C., C. Natarajan, H. Moriyama, R.E. Weber, A. Fago, Z.A.Cheviron, J.F. Storz, and C.C. Witt. 2015. Contribution of a mutational hotspot to hemoglobin adaptation in high-altitude Andean house wrens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi:10.1073/pnas.1507300112.
Wilbert, T.R., D.A. Woollett, A. Whitelaw, J. Dart, J.R. Hoyt, S.C. Galen, K. Ralls, D.E. Meade, J.E. Maldonado. 2015. Non-invasive baseline genetic monitoring of the endangered San Joaquin kit fox on a photovoltaic solar facility. Endangered Species Research 27: 31-41.
Baumann, M. J., S. C. Galen, N. D. Pederson, and C. C. Witt. 2014. Simple technique for distinguishing Yellow-bellied Flycatchers from Cordilleran and Pacific-slope flycatchers. Journal of Field Ornithology 85: 391-396.
Galen, S.C. and C.C. Witt. 2014. Diverse avian malaria and other haemosporidian parasites in Andean house wrens: evidence for regional co-diversification by hostswitching. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 374-386.