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Christopher J. Raxworthy

Christopher J. Raxworthy

Curator-in-Charge, Department of Herpetology, Division of Vertebrate Zoology
Principal Investigator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics
Associate Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Phone:
+1 (212) 769-5802
Fax:
+1 (212) 769-5031

Education

  • Open University, Ph.D., 1989
  • University of London (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College), B.Sc., 1985

Research Interests

Dr. Raxworthy, who joined the Museum in 2000, has been studying reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar since 1985. Since 1985 Dr. Raxworthy has found (and is continuing to describe) many more new species and has added a wealth of information to the knowledge on known species. Currently, his research is focused on 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 mountainous areas of northern Madagascar, of which many have never been previously explored or surveyed. Dr. Raxworthy also has conducted fieldwork in Vietnam, Ghana, and Mali. His broader research interests include the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for identifying conservation priorities, and exploring patterns of speciation and endemism in Madagascar.

Teaching Experience

Faculty Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 1998 - 2000
  • Assistant Professor, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, 1996 - 1998

Courses Taught

  • Biotic Surveys and Inventories, Columbia University, 2002
  • Principles of Biogeography, University of Kansas, 1999
  • Topics in Reptile Research, University of Kansas, 1999
  • Biogeography, Columbia University, 1997-98
  • Evolution Core Courses I and II, Columbia University, 1996-97 (team taught)
  • Ecology Core Courses I and II, Columbia University, 1996 (team taught)
  • Biogeography Seminar, University of Antananarivo, 1997

Graduate Advisees

  • 27 student advisees since 1991. Recent students include: 
    • M. Randriambahiniarime, University of Antananarivo
    • A. (Tsoa) Ranjanahaisoa, University of Antananarivo
    • V. Rakotomalala, University of Antananarivo
    • L. Andrimandimbiarisoa,University of Antananarivo
    • Valerie Clark, Columbia University
    • Minh Le, Columbia University
    • Antonia Florio, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Graduate Committees

  • Member of 14 graduate committees since 2000. Recent comittees include:
    • M. Randriambahiniarime, University of Antananarivo
    • A. (Tsoa) Ranjanahaisoa, University of Antananarivo
    • V. Rakotomalala, University of Antananarivo
    • L. Andrimandimbiarisoa, University of Antananarivo
    • Ryan P. Kelly, Columbia University
    • Adrian Tejedor, Columbia University
    • Valeria Tavares, Columbia University

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