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Sandra SuarezAssistant Professor of Biology / Director, Upward Bound

Year Joined RCNJ: 2009

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7774
  • Email: ssuarez@ramapo.edu
  • Office: G-427
  • Office Hours: Tues./Thurs. 12:00-1:30; Other times by appointment

Education:

  • B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., New York University
  • M. Phil., New York University and NYCEP
  • Ph.D., New York University and the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology

Courses Offered:

  • Genetics (lec & lab)

Research Interests:

  • Genetics as a tool for understanding animal behavior, in particular in New World Primates
  • Animal behavior in general, especially reproductive behavior and mating systems
  • Population genetics in New World Primates, specifically, gene flow with regard to various behavioral characteristics, such as hybridization and inbreeding avoidance
  • Neotropical ecology and field methods and the various ways in which primates adapt to their environments, including: feeding ecology, polyspecific associations, and competition
  • Sustainable development, land-use planning and conservation. I am particularly interested and concerned with how developing countries will manage to maintain their natural areas while competing in a global economy, fighting poverty, and managing their own political instability and corruption

Recent Publications:

  • S.S. Suárez. 2006. Diagnóstico de Fauna. In E. Chávez de los Ríos, et. al. ‘Mancomunidad Amazónica Unión Amazónica Filadelfia-Bolpebra’: Plan Municipal de Ordenamiento Territorial Mancomunidad Filadelfia – Bolpebra. Landivar S.R.L., Santa Cruz.
  • A.K. Surridge, S.S. Suárez, H.M. Buchanan-Smith, and N.I. Mundy. 2005. Non-random association of opsin alleles in wild groups of red-bellied tamarins (Saguinus labiatus) and maintenance of the colour vision polymorphism. Biology Letters 1(4): 465-468.
  • A.K. Surridge, S.S. Suárez, H.M. Buchanan-Smith, A.C. Smith, and N.I. Mundy. 2005. Color vision pigment frequencies in wild tamarins (Saguinus spp.). American Journal of Primatology, 67 (4): 463-470.
  • S. Suárez y G. Calderón. 2003. Large Mammals. In Rapid Biological Inventories:05 – Bolivia: Pando, Madre de Dios. W.S. Alverson (ed.), Chicago, Illinois: The Field Museum, pg. 39-42.
  • S. Suárez, G. Calderón, V. Chávez. Mammals. 2003. In Rapid Biological Inventories:06 – Bolivia: Pando, Federico Román. W.S. Alverson, D.K. Moskovitz, I.C. Halm (eds.), Chicago, Illinois: The Field Museum, pg. 49-53.
  • S. Suárez, A. Hanson, V. Sodaro, S. Dammermann, L. Haggerty. Primates. 2000. In Rapid Biological Inventories:01 – Bolivia: Pando, Río Tahuamanu. W.S. Alverson, D.K. Moskovitz, J.M. Shopland (eds.), Chicago, Illinois: The Field Museum, pg. 40-44.
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