Welcome to the Ramstad Lab!
Our work draws on genomic techniques and field based research to assess the causes and consequences of genetic variation in at-risk species. The primary goal of our research is to provide information needed for applied conservation management. Much of our current work is on wood storks (Mycteria americana) and kiwi (Apteryx spp) and seeks to understand their genetic population structure, mating system, and the potential impacts of genetic bottleneck effects and inbreeding on population persistence.
We also collaborate with researchers at the Savannah River Ecology Lab to facilitate student research across diverse vertebrate taxa.
Students wishing to join the lab should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, at least four semesters free to work in the lab, and taken my BIOL 350 (Fundamental Genetics), BIOL 352 (Applied Population Genomics), or BIOL 525 (Conservation Biology) class.