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Meet Our Professors

Goutam Sarker, PH.D.

Dr. Sarker earned his Ph.D. in Computational Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Previously he earned M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.

He is passionate about teaching and learning. His teaching philosophy revolves around making a learner-centered and positive classroom environment, integrating technology and evidence-based teaching, and making students critical thinkers and problem solvers. He envisions every day as a unique opportunity to learn something good and new to give that back to my students.

Dr. Sarker is a broadly trained biologist. He uses computational, experimental, and observational tools to discover and delimit species and identify their current and future distribution by leveraging genetic, spatial, bioclimatic, and behavioral data.

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Selected Publications

Jowers, M.J., Smart, U., Sánchez-Ramírez, S., Murphy, J.C., Gómez, A., Bosque, R.J., Sarker, G.C., Noonan, B.P., Faria, J.F., Harris, D.J., da Silva, N.J., Prudente, A.L., Weber, J., Kok, P.J., Rivas, G.A., Jadin, R.C., Sasa, M., Muñoz-Mérida, A., Moreno-Rueda, G. & Smith, E.N. (2023) Unveiling underestimated species diversity within the Central American coralsnake, a medically important complex of venomous taxa. Scientific Reports 13.

Smart, U., Ingraci, M.J., Sarker, G.C., Lalremsanga, H., Murphy, R.W., Ota, H., Tu, M.C., Souche, Y., Orlav, N. and Smith E.N. (2021) A comprehensive appraisal of evolutionary diversity in venomous Asian coralsnakes of the genus Sinomicrurus (Serpentes: Elapidae) using Bayesian coalescent inference and supervised machine learning. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 59(8), 2212-2277 DOI:

Das, A.D., Smith, E.N. Sidik, I., Sarker, G.C., Boruah, B., Patel, N., Murthy, B.H.C.K., and Deepak, V. (2021) Hidden in the plain sight: a new species of Rhabdophis (Serpentes: Natricinae) from the Rhabdophis himalayanus Zootaxa. 5020(3), 401-433 DOI:

Sarker, G.C., Wostl, E., Thammachoti, P.T., Sidik, I., Hamidy, A., Kurniawan, N. and Smith, E.N. 2019. Sumatran endemic puppet toads (Anura: Bufonidae: Sigalegalephrynus): phylogeny, distribution, conservation, and description of three new species from the highlands of Sumatra, Indonesia. Zootaxa. 4679 (2): 365–391

Smart, U., Sarker, G.C., Arifin U., Harvey M.B., Sidik I., Hamidy A., Kurniawan N. and Smith E.N. 2017. A new genus and two new species of arboreal toads from the highlands of Sumatra with a phylogeny of Sundaland toad genera. Herpet 73 (1): 63–75

Sarker, G.C., Kabir, M.M., Feeroz, M.M. and Hasan, M.K. 2008. Food and feeding behaviour of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) at Barmi, Gazipur, Bangladesh. Bangladesh J. Life Sci. 20 (2): 1–8.

Sarker, G.C., Kabir, M.M., Feeroz, M.M. and Hasan, M.K. 2005. Substrate and height use of Rhesus macaque—Macaca mulatta at Gazipur of Bangladesh. Bangladesh J. Life Sci. 17 (1): 83–92.