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Expedition Report: Christopher Raxworthy and Sara Ruane in Madagascar

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The American Museum of Natural History has approximately 200 working scientists who undertake more than 100 expeditions a year, doing original research and expanding the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. The Expeditions Report podcast series offers an insider’s look at what it’s like to live and work in the field. Academic pursuits combine with adventure—whether racing against the cold in Antarctica, scouting reclusive snakes in Madagascar, or keeping one step ahead of the chainsaws in the rainforest.

In this episode, herpetologists Christopher Raxworthy, associate curator in the Museum’s Division of Vertebrate Zoology, and Sara Ruane talk about their searches in Madagascar for the most elusive of rarely-seen snakes.

Dr. Raxworthy has been studying reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar since 1985, and his research focuses on discovering and describing the biodiversity of these groups, including on a molecular level with DNA sampling.

Dr. Ruane’s research focuses primarily on snake phylogenetics. Using DNA sampling and field observations, she illuminates questions of snake speciation and evolutionary history.



Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (16 mins, 19 MB)

To learn more about Dr. Raxworthy and Dr. Ruane’s trip to Madagascar, read this blog post, or watch the following Science Bulletin:

To learn more about Dr. Raxworthy’s research, watch the following video: