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) or BIOL 525 (Conservation Biology).
The following students are currently members of Dr. Ramstad's lab:
- Rachel Saxon: Mitochondrial DNA analysis of nest parasitism in American wood storks
- Charlotte King: Assessing the long-term health impacts of radiation exposure on wolves and raccoon dogs of Chernobyl (co-supervised with Dr Stacey Lance & PhD Candidate Cara Love)
- Gabriela Rodriquez: Determining ranavirus infection levels among marbled salamanders of the Savannah River Site (co-supervised with Dr Stacey Lance & PhD Candidate Julie Ziemba)
- Austin Herbert: Assessing the global genetic population structure of American wood storks via RADCapture
- Lauren Smiley: Parental behavior and fledging success in American wood storks