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. If you are an undergrad who wants to do research I have opportunities available, but please read this prior to inquiring!

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).

The Ruane Lab 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. Upcoming research from the Ruane Lab will include co-historical demography and population genetics of squamates found in New Jersey. While my interests in herpetology are broad, my lab focuses primarily on snakes, especially with respect to systematics, phylogenetics, and phylogeography, as well as ecology.


Mailing Address:

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

Phone: 973-353-1429



Sara with Boa constrictor