Contact & About Sara Ruane


Assistant professor at Rutgers University-Newark as of Jan. 2017! If you are interested in reptile systematics, especially snakes, please contact me at I am actively recruiting students for my newly established lab.

Formerly a postdoc at LSU Museum of Natural Science, working with Chris Austin on snake related projects, especially taxa from New Guinea (forthcoming pubs on all this!). Prior to LSU, I was a postdoctoral researcher working at the American Museum of Natural History, I completed my doctorate in the Biology EEB program with Frank Burbrink at CUNY (conferred 2/13).

My work seeks to simultaneously inform reptile and amphibian systematics while also answering broad, contemporary questions in evolutionary biology. Some of my current research focuses on the phylogenetics of the Malagasy pseudoxyrhophiine snakes, which includes the use of molecular data in the form of next-generation sequencing and traditional Sanger-sequencing approaches, as well as ecological and morphological data to aid in understanding what factors promote speciation in these snakes. I am also working on a project examining the undescribed diversity in the poorly known New Guinea ground snakes, Stegonotus. While my interests in herpetology are broad, I focus primarily on snakes, especially with respect to evolution, systematics, phylogenetics, and phylogeography, as well as ecology.


Sara Ruane, Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
206 Boyden Hall
Rutgers University
195 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-353-1429



Sara with Boa constrictor