Sarah M. Stai
Department of Biology
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.


CONTACT INFO
305-284-3973 department phone
305-284-3039 department fax
sarah@bio.miami.edu
Mailing address
Dept. of Biology
P.O. Box 249118
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Delivery address
Dept. of Biology
1301 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am interested in the social behavior and behavioral ecology of animals, particularly birds.  My favorite topics include mating systems, sexual selection, reproductive strategies, and parental care.  Currently I am studying the mating system of wild Muscovy ducks in the Pantanal of Brazil and sperm competition in captive wild-type Muscovy ducks at the Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia (see below).

BACKGROUND
I have an undergraduate degree in biology and spent 3 years working and traveling before starting graduate school. Click below for information on my background, plus photos!
College
Field Work & Museums
Travel
Graduate School

DISSERTATION TOPIC
The title of my dissertation is "Promiscuity and sperm competition in Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata)."  The project has two components - one in the field in Brazil and one in captivity in Virginia.  Both components involve follow-up in the lab at the University of Miami.
Field Work: Mating System
Captive Work: Sperm Competition
Lab Work: DNA microsatellites

    ***check out my awesome field assistants!!
 
 

MUSCOVY DUCKS

PANTANAL

SMITHSONIAN CONSERVATION & RESEARCH CENTER

NEOTROPICAL WATERFOWL SYMPOSIUM
 

LINKS (FUNDING)
Tropical Audubon Society
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
National Science Foundation - International Programs
Smithsonian Fellowships & Grants

LINKS (BRAZIL)
Depto. de Zoologia - UnB
UNIDERP
IBAMA
CNPq


 




PERSONAL
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