Lab PI: Sara Ruane, see contact for my details



Fandresena Rakotoarimalala (University of Antananarivo)IMG_0461

Fandresena is a doctoral student at the University of Antananarivo (co-advised with Achille Raselimanana), she’s working on Calumma chameleons community structure and population genetics in fragemented forests of Madagascar’s Central Highlands. Linked in here

Dr. Justin Bernstein

(former student at Rutgers and wooo my first PhD student, now killing it at KU Genomics Center!)

Justin’s website

Justin’s twitter—so much fieldwork!

link to GS here


Justin came from the Bauer lab at Villanova, where he has worked on squamate phylogenetics using molecular data. He started his PhD work at Rutgers Fall 2017 and is hot to trot on homalopsids.

Anthony Sena (Rutgers and NJIT)


Anthony (successfully!) finished his ms summer 2019 with me and continues expanding his work on mimetic systems for snakes for his dissertation work in the Ruane Lab.

Tianqi Huang (Rutgers)


Tianqi is an ms-turned-PhD student currently co-advised with Peter Morin at Rutgers NB. Tianqi’s work is focused on urban snake populations in the urban jungles across NJ.

Learn more about Tianqi here

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Jeff Frederick (FMNH)


Just finished his PhD 2022 with Jim McGuire focused on frogs and is now at the FMNH, where he is working with me on PNG snakes!

Jeff’s researchgate here:

Scott Travers (former postdoc Rutgers)


2020 postdoc Scott Travers, from Rafe Brown’s lab in Kansas joined the Ruane Lab to work on some poorly studied elapids with respect to systematics and venom evolution.

link to Scott’s work 

Eric Rittmeyer (former postdoc Rutgers)

 check out his website for info


Eric has conducted extensive work on PNG and Australian herps (including discovering the world’s tiniest vertebrate, a frog!) and worked with me on co-historical demography of NJ Pine Barrens taxa as well as general phylo projects.