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Katherine Ralls

Research Scientist Emeritus / Center for Conservation Genomics

Research Focus

Ralls is interested in the behavioral ecology, genetics, and conservation of mammals, both terrestrial and marine. Since 1980, she has been most concerned with conservation biology, especially the genetic problems of small captive and wild populations and field studies of threatened and endangered mammals, including sea otters and San Joaquin kit foxes. Her practical experience with the problems of a variety of endangered species has led to her interest in developing noninvasive techniques for studying these species as well as the development of decision-making tools and processes to achieve better policy and management decisions.