Marco González Santoro | PhD Student

I am a Colombian PhD student that joined the RZ lab in fall 2021. I am interested in the interplay between sexual selection, sensory ecology and behavior shaping the incredible biodiversity of neotropical poison frogs. During my master’s degree, I studied how male-male competition hindered the coupled divergence of acoustic signals and auditory perception in a speciation event in Phyllobates. My PhD project is focused on understanding the role of learning in speciation by sexual selection using Oophaga pumilio as my new poison frog system.

Outside the lab I enjoy biking, birdwatching around Pittsburgh parks, and cooking.

You can follow me on twitter @GonzalezMarcoDa, contact me at, and check out my publications here.