Staff Profiles

Spencer Galen

PhD Student, Richard Gilder Graduate School
PhD Student, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education

      • 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 Interests

    Research 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.

  • Publications