Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, 2006
M.S. in Animal Physiology, Clemson University, 1998
B.S. in Animal Industries, Clemson University, 1996
I develop non-invasive methods to study wildlife physiology to better understand how our rapidly changing world is impacting their success.
"Talking Taboos," #ThisStudyShows and @wileyinreseearch
Ologies podcast: “Scatology”
Nate Butkis Podcast: The Show About Science
“Santymire’s research at the zoo”, Curiosity.com podcast
“The Story of the Black-footed Ferret”. Allcreatures podcast
Quirks and Quarks, "Saving the endangered black-footed ferret"
Reproductive physiology; Stress physiology; Conservation biology; Evolutionary biology of reproductive processes (specifically ovulation and spermatozoa production); Evolutionary biology of stress adaptation; Ecosystem health; Small population biology; Nutrition’s impact on wildlife aging, health and reproductive success.
Santymire, R.M., T. Harris, W.L. Heuring and R. Patrose. 2022. Characterizing the reproductive biology of the endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus fremonti grahamensis) managed in human care. Theriogenology Wild 1:1-9.
Fowler, K. and R. M. Santymire. 2022. Characterizing zoo-housed Bactrian camels (Camelus bactrianus) reproduction using gonadal steroid hormone metabolite analysis in feces. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 106721.
Fowler, K., L.M. Hopper, S.R. Ross, M. Leahy and R. M. Santymire. 2022. Monitoring the behavior and stress physiology of male gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) during a bachelor group formation. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research 10(1): 40-46.
Wright, M.L., T.M. Livieri, and R.M. Santymire. 2022. Distemper Vaccine as an alternative for Purevax distemper vaccine in endangered black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 53(1): 194-199
Rowell, M.K., R.M. Santymire and T.L. Rymer. 2022. Corticosterone metabolite concentration is not related to problem solving in the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat Melomys cervinipes. Animals 12, 82. https://doi.org/10.3390/ ani12010082
Santymire, R.M., A. Sacerdote-Velat, A. Gygli, D. A. Keinath, S. Poo, K. M. Hinkson and E. M. McKeag. 2021. Using Dermal Glucocorticoids to Determine the Effects of Disease and Environment on the Critically Endangered Wyoming Toad. Conservation Physiology. 9(1): coab093; doi:10.1093/conphys/coab093
Jain, N., J. Wark and R.M. Santymire. 2021. Evaluating physiological and behavioral responses to social changes and construction in two zoo-housed female giraffe. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. 9(4):228-238
Chancellor, S, L. Abbo, B. Grasse, T. Sakmar, J. Brown, D. Scheel and R. Santymire. 2021. Determining the effectiveness of using dermal swabs to evaluate the stress physiology of laboratory cephalopods: A preliminary investigation. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 314: 113903
Lonsdorf, E.V., Travis, D.A., Raphael, J., Kamenya, S., Lipende, I., Mwacha, D., Collins, A., Wilson, M., Mjungu, D., Murray, C., Bakuza, J., Wolf, T., Parsons, M., Deere, J., Lantz, E., Kinsel, M., Santymire, R., Pintea, L., Terio, K., Hahn, B., Pusey, A., Goodall, J., Gillespie, T.R. 2021. The Gombe Ecosystem Health Project: a 16-year review of program evolution and lessons learned. American Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.23300
Rosenbaum, S., W. Eckhart, T.S. Stoinski, C.W. Kuzawa and R. Santymire. 2021. Validation of an androgen enzyme immunoassay as a measure of fecal testosterone and 5α-dihydrotestosterone metabolites in wild male mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). American Journal of Primatology. 83(8): e2329
Santymire, R.M., N. Ali, P.E. Marinari, and T. M. Livieri. 2021. Using hair cortisol analysis to understand factors that affect black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) stress physiology. Conservation Physiology 9(1), coab033, https://doi.org/10.1093/conphys/coab033
Santymire, R.M., A. Adkin, D. Bernier and B. Hill. 2021. Validating the Use of Fecal Glucocorticoid Metabolite Analysis to Assess Adrenocortical Activity of the Zoo-housed Sichuan Takin (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana). Zoo Biology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/zoo.21612
Woody, S.M., R.M. Santymire and K.A. Cronin. 2021. Posture as a Non-invasive indicator of arousal in American toads (Anaxyrus americanus). Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens 2(1):1-9. https://doi.org/10.3390/jzbg2010001