Dr. Alberto Sabat

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Dr. Alberto Sabat
Biology Department
UPR Río Piedras
Alberto M. Sabat received his Bachelor of Science with concentration in Biology and a Masters in Marine Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. His Doctor of Philosophy (1990) was granted by the State University of New York at Albany for his research on life history and reproductive strategies of the rock bass, Ambloplites rupestris, in the Adirondack Mountains. He did postdoctoral studies at the Department of Biology of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras studying the demography and reproductive strategies of orchids and sierra palms. He was subsequently recruited by the Biology Department at UPR-RP where he has developed his academic career, including a seven year tenure as its director. Research in his laboratory focuses in demography, population dynamics and life history in a broad range of marine, aquatic and terrestrial species - from invertebrates, fishes, herps and up to primates. He has 50 publications, and has graduated 11 PhD and 11MSc students. Currently funded research is focused on the effect of diseases and bleaching on the vital rates, dynamics and size structure of coral populations. He is also collaborating with Primate Center of the University of Puerto Rico developing structured population models aimed at understanding and managing the dynamics of the Cayo Santiago rhesus macaques colony.