Diana Ortiz





Division of Biological Sciences
226 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO  65211

e-mail: dcot4b<at>mizzou.edu





Research Interests

Conservation Ecology, Animal Behavior, Primatology, Zoology and Cultural Anthropology

Current Research

I am currently compiling a database that compares the ecology and genetic relationships of the following species pairs: savanna and forest elephants, bush pig and Red River hog, and Cape buffalo and forest buffalo.  As my research progresses, I will look for variation in sequences from a specific gene locus of savanna and forest elephants. Candidate gene loci include: HFE-exon1 (hemachromatosis gene), IRBP (interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein), and AGT (angiotensin).