Galen
Rathbun

sengi sengi sengi sengi sengi

Research Areas

My research has focused on the behavioral ecology of vertebrates, conservation biology of declining species, and mammalian taxonomy and phylogeography. Although most of my early career focused on research related to the conservation of Florida manatees and California sea otters, I also focused on developing a better understanding of the basic life history traits important for managing several aquatic vertebrates, including California red-legged frogs, Pacific pond turtles, and two-striped garter snakes.  More recently, I participated in a long-term study of the impacts of cattle grazing on a community of San Joaquin Desert small mammals, several of which are listed as endangered.  After becoming associated with the California Academy of Sciences in 2000, my focus has returned to research in Africa, where I have been exploring the evolution of monogamy using elephant-shrews (sengis) and dassie-rats (nokis) as models, but I also have studied black mongooses and Namib golden moles use of space using radio-tracking methods.  At present, I am working with colleagues on revising the taxonomy of several sengis to gain a better understanding of their phylogeography.

Focal Study Species

Florida manatee cow and calf, Crystal River, Florida
Trichechus manatus latirostris
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 85, 87, 89, 95


California sea otter raft, Morro Bay, California
Enhyrda lutris nereis
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 88


San Joaquin antelope squirrel with radio-collar, Carrizo Plain (San Joaquin Desert), California
Ammospermophilus nelsoni
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 90, 124, 128


California red-legged frog, Point Piedras Blancas, California
Rana draytonii
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 91, 94, 111, 129


Pacific pond turtle, Santa Rosa Creek, Cambria, California
Actinemys marmorata
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 97, 117, 118


Noki or Dassie-rat, Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, Omaruru, Namibia
Petromus typicus
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 104, 107, 110


Bushvelt sengi or elephant-shrew, Zwartmodder Farm, Maltahohe, Namibia
Elephantulus intufi
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 102, 105, 112, 119, 123


Black mongoose, Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, Omaruru, Namibia
Galerella nigrata
Photo © R. Fussell
Publication numbers 100, 101, 116


Namib Desert golden mole, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namib Desert, Namibia
Eremitalpa granti namibensis
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 106, 109


Gray-faced sengi or elephant-shrew, Ndundulu Forest, Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania
Rhynchocyon udzungwensis
Photo © F. Rovero
Recent publication numbers 108, 114, 121, 126, 132, 133, 141


Namib round-eared sengi or elephant-shrew, Wlotzkasbaken, Namib Desert, Namibia
Macroscelides flavicaudatus
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication numbers 120, 127, 131, 133


Blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin Desert, California
Gambelia sila
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication number 140


Alston's singing (or brown) mouse with radio collar, Monte Verde, Costa Rica
Scotinomys teguina
Photo © G. Rathbun
Recent publication number pending