Robert Fitak
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I received my PhD from the University of Arizona in genetics and a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University.

My research goals revolve around the use of genetics and genomics to improve the conservation of wildlife. I have worked with a variety of species, including mountain lions, Mexican wolves, Mt. Graham red squirrels, California floater mussels, and black-tailed prairie dogs. Currently, I am working on a project with both Bactrian and dromedary camels.

My colleagues and I have sequenced a large number of camel genomes, including both wild and domestic varieties, and are using the information to investigate how selection has shaped these genomes over their evolutionary history. With our results we hope to gain insight into the history of camel domestication, in addition to further supporting conservation of the critically endangered wild Bactrian camel.