George Amato

Director Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics American Museum of Natural History Adjunct Professor Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Columbia University Affiliated Professor Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History


B.S. 1976, University of Connecticut M.S., M.Phil. 1993, Yale University Ph.D. 1994, Yale University





Montanari, S. and G. Amato. 2015. Discrimination factors of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes from diet to hair and scat in captive tigers (Panthera tigris) and snow leopards (Unica unica).  Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 29, 1062-1068.


Fedrizzi, N, M.L.J. Stiassny, J.T. Boehm, E.R. Dougherty, G. Amato, and M. Mendez. 2015. Population genetic structure of the dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) in Florida. PloS ONE 10(7): e0132308. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132308.


Caragiulo, A., Y. Kang, S. Rabinowitz, I. Dias-Freedman, S. Loss, X.W. Zhou, W.D. Bao, and G.Amato. 2015. Presence of the endangered Amur tiger Panthera tigris altaica in Jilin Province, China, getected using non-invasive genetic techniques. Oryx. DOI:


Naro-Maciel, E., B.N. Reid, S.E. Alter, G. Amato, K.A. Bjorndal, A.B. Bolten, M. Martin, C.J. Nairn, B. Shamblin, and O. Pineda-Catalan. 2014. From refugia to rookeries: Phylogeography of Atlantic green turtles. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 461(306-316).


Naro-Maciel, E., S.J. Gaughran, N.F. Putman, G. Amato, F. Arengo, P.H. Dutton, K.W. McFadden, E.C. Vintinner, and E.J. Sterling. 2014. Predicting connectivity of green turtles at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific: A focus on mtDNA and dispersal modeling. Journal of the Royal Society.


Le, M., T.V. Nguyen, H.T. Duong, H. M. Nguyen, L.D. Dinh, D. Tuoc, H.D. Nguyen, and G. Amato. 2014. Discovery of Roosevelt’s Barking Deer (Muntiacus rooseveltorum) in Vietnam. Conservation Genetics.


Amaral, A.R., G. Lovewell, M.M. Coelho, G. Amato, and H.C. Rosenbaum. 2014. Hybrid speciation in a marine mammal: The Clymene dolphin (Stenella clymene). PLoS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0083645.


Le, M., B.N. Reid, W. McCord, E. Naro-Maciel, C. Raxworthy, G. Amato, and A. Georges. 2013. Resolving the phylogenetic history of the short-necked turtles, genera Elseya and Myuchelys (Testudines: Chelidae) from Australia and New Guinea. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 68(2)251-258.


Caragiulo, A., I. Dias-Freedman, J.A. Clark, S. Rabinowitz, and G. Amato. 2013. Mitochondrial DNA sequence variation and phylogeography of Neotropic pumas (Puma concolor). Mitochondrial DNA. DOI:10.3109/194017326.2013.800486.


G. Amato and R. DeSalle. 2012. Assessing biodiversity funding during the sixth extinction.  BioEssays. 34: 658-660.


Naro-Maciel, E., A.C.V. Bondioli, M. Martin, A. Almeida, C. Baptitotte, C. Belline, M. A. Marcovaldi, A.J.B. Sanntos, and G. Amato. 2012. The interplay of homing and dispersal in green turtles: A focus on the Southwestern Atlantic. Journal of Heredity. Doi:10.1093/jherd/ess068.


Doukakis, P., E.K. Pikitch, A. Rothschild, R. DeSalle, G. Amato and S.O. Kolokotronis. 2012. Testing the effectiveness of an international trade agreement: marketplace forensics and CITES caviar trade regulation. PLoS ONE 7(7):e40907.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040907.


Smith, K.M., S.J. Anthony, W.M. Switzer, J.H. Epstein, T. Seimon, H. Jia, M.D. Sanchez, T.T. Huynh, G. G. Galland, DVM, MS, S.E. Shapiro, J.M. Sleeman, D. McAloose, M. Stuchin, G. Amato, S.O. Kolokotronis, W.I. Lipkin, W.B. Karesh, P. Daszak, and N. Marano. 2012. Zoonotic Viruses Associated with Illegally Imported Wildlife Products. PLoS ONE, 7(1):e29505.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029505.


McCartney-Melstad, E., T. Waller, P.A. Micucci, M. Barros, J. Draque, G.Amato, M.Mendez. 2012. Population structure and gene flow of the yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus) in Northern Argentina. PLoS ONE. 7(5):e37473.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037473.


Alter, S.E., H.C. Rosenbaum, L.D. Postma, P. Whitridge, C. Gaines, D. Weber, M.G. Egan, M. Lindsey, G. Amato, L. Dueck, R.L. Brownell, M.P. Heide-Jorgensen, K.L. Laidre, A. Caccone, and B.L. Hancock. 2012. Gene flow on ice: the role of sea ice and whaling in shaping Holarctic genetic diversity and population differentiation in bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus). Ecology and Evolution, 2(11)2895-2911.


Pineda-Catalan, O., M. Mendez, A. Gleizer, C. Garcia-Davila, A.A. Aguirre, M. Pinedo-Vasquez, and G. Amato. 2012. Conservation genetics of harvested river turtles, Podocnemis expansa and Podocnemis unifilis, in the Peruvian Amazon: All roads lead to Iquitos. Mitochondrial DNA. 23(3)230-238.


Meredith, R.W., E. Hekkala, G. Amato and J. Gatesy. 2011. A phylogenetic hypothesis for Crocodylus (Crocodylia) based on mitochondrial DNA: Evidence for a trans-Atlantic voyage from Africa to the New World. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.026.


Reid, B.N., W.P. McCord, J.B. Iverson, A. Georges, T. Bergman, G. Amato, R. DeSalle and E. Naro-Maciel. 2011. Comparing and combining distance-based and character-based approaches for barcoding turtles. Molecular Ecology Resources, doi:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03032.x.


Hekkala, E., M.H. Shirley, G. Amato, J.D. Austin, S. Charter, J. Thorbjarnarson, K.A. Vliet, M.L. Houck, R. DeSalle and M.J. Blum. 2011.  An ancient icon reveals new mysteries: Mummy DNA resurrects a cryptic species within the Nile crocodile. Molecular Ecology, doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05245.x.


Doukakis, P., R. Hanner, M. Shivji, C. Bartholomew, D. Chapman, E. Wong and G. Amato. 2011. Applying genetic techniques to study remote shark fisheries in northeastern Madagascar. Mitochondrial DNA.2011; Early Online:1-6.


Redford, K.H., G. Amato, J. Baillie, P. Beldomenico, E.L. Bennett, N. Clum, R. Cook, G. Fonseca, S. Hedges, F. Launay, S. Lieberman, G.M. Mace, A. Murayama, A. Putnam, J.G. Robinson, H. Rosenbaum, E.W. Sanderson, S.N. Stuart, P. Thomas and J. Thorbjarnarson. 2011. What does it mean to successfully conserve a (Vertebrate) species?  BioScience. 61(1) 39-48.


Russello, M.A., C. Stahala, D. Lalonde, K.L. Schmidt and G. Amato. 2010. Cryptic diversity and conservation units in the Bahama parrot. Conservation Genetics. 11(5)1809-1821.


Lowenstein. J.H., J. Burger, C.W. Jeitner, G. Amato, S.O. Kolokotronis, and M. Gochfeld. 2010. DNA barcodes reveal species-specific mercury levels in tuna sushi that pose a health risk to consumers. Biology Letters. 6:692-695.


Hekkala, E.R., G. Amato, R. DeSalle, and M.J. Blum. 2010. Molecular assessment of population differentiation and individual assignment potential of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) populations. Conservation Genetics. 11:1435-1443.


Naro-Maciel, E., B. Reid, N.N. FitzSimons, M. Le, R. DeSalle, and G. Amato. 2010. DNA Barcodes for globally threatened marine turtles: a registry approach to documenting biodiversity. Molecular Ecology Resources. 10:252-263.


Dias, I.M.G., F.C. Almeda, G. Amato, R. DeSalle, and C.G. Fonseca. 2010. Delineating geographic boundaries of the wooly mouse opposum, Micoureus demerarae and Micoureus paraguayanus (Didelphimorphia: Diphelidae) Conservation Genetics Resources. 11:1579-1585.


Eaton, M.J., G.L. Meyers, S.O. Kolokotronis, M.S. Leslie, A.P. Martin, and G. Amato. 2010. Barcoding bushmeat: molecular identification of Central African and South American harvested vertebrates.  Conservation Genetics. 11:1389-1404.