Eugenia Naro-Maciel


In our lab we investigate relationships among and within species in order to understand patterns and processes of molecular evolution, and to inform conservation strategies. We use a comprehensive analytical approach to population genetics and systematics, and focus on globally endangered sea turtles as well as other aquatic animals and chelonians. This approach allows assignment of individuals to their unknown source populations, reveals relationships and differentiation among groups, and explores genetic variation within groups. An exciting new area of research involves environmental DNA analysis of aquatic biodiversity. All of this research provides unique insights into temporal and spatial patterns of genetic variation, dispersal, and migration, while enhancing basic biological knowledge of population structure and molecular evolution. By investigating population connectivity, or linkages among groups, and evolutionary history in endangered species, my program advances understanding of central questions in evolution and conservation biology.


Conservation Genetics Laboratory

Assistant Professor, Biology Department, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Doctoral Faculty in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Graduate Center, City University of New York (GC/CUNY)

Research Associate, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History

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The lab currently has openings for excellent PhD, Master’s, and Undergraduate students.