Faculty profile

Maria Sagot

Associate Professor


230 Shineman Center


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Office hours

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00AM
Wednesday 10:00AM-12:00PM
or by appointment

Maria Sagot


My research brings together the fields of ecology, behavior, and population genetics, to understand the relative contributions of different ecological factors, such as habitat selection and demographics, in promoting the evolution of sociality and strength of social interactions.

Specialty areas:

  • mammalogy
  • ecology
  • behavior


*Indicates undergraduate research student

Razik, I*. & Sagot. M. 2020. Vertebrate species richness at littoral beaver lodges in a temperate artificial pond. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. In press

Chaverri, G.; Araya-Ajoy, J. & Sagot. M. 2020. Calling in context: intra- and intergroup variation in vocalization rates depend on a call’s function. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 74: 57 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-020-02837-w

Nelson, M.L.* & Sagot, M. 2018. Effects of temperature and day length on daily movements and home range of the southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in the Northeastern United States. Northeastern Naturalist 25:383-390.

Sagot, M., C. Schöner, A. Jago*, I, Razik*, &, G Chaverri. 2018. The importance of group vocal behavior in roost finding. Animal Behavior, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.06.018

Montero, B. K., Sagot, M., Phillips, C. D., Baker, R. J., & Gillam, E. H. 2018. Geographic variation of contact calls suggest distinct modes of vocal transmission in a leaf-roosting bat. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology,  72: 125. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-018-2543-1

Macchiano, A*, I Razik* & Sagot, M. 2018. Same sex courtship behaviors in male-biased populations: Evidence for the mistaken identity hypothesis. Acta Ethologica https://doi.org/10.1007/s10211-018-0293-8

Sagot, M., C. D. Phillips, R. J. Baker & R. D. Stevens. 2016. Human-modified habitats change patterns of population genetic structure and group relatedness in Peter’s tent-roosting bats. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2255.

Sagot, M. 2016. Effects of range, habitat and roosting ecology in patterns of group association in bats. Pp 247-259. In: Ortega, J (ed), Sociality on Bats. Springer.

Sagot, M., & G. Chaverri. 2015. Effects of roost specialization on extinction risk in bats. Conservation Biology, in press.

Sagot, M., C. D. Phillips, R. D. Stevens, & R. J. Baker. 2013. Development and characterization of seventeen microsatellite loci for Peter's tent-roosting bat (Uroderma bilobatum). Conservation Genetics Resources.

Gillam, E., Chaverri, G., Montero, K., and Sagot, M. 2013. Social calls produced within and near the roost in two species of tent-making bats, Dermanura watsoni and Ectophylla alba. Plos One 0061731.

Sagot, M., B. Rodríguez-Herrera & R. Stevens. 2013. Macro and Microhabitat Associations of the Peter's Tent-Roosting Bat (Uroderma bilobatum): Human Induced Selection and Colonization? Biotropica 45: 511-519.

Sagot, M. 2012. Unravelling ecological effects on social behavior: insights from tent-roosting bats. Mastozoología Neotropical 19:193-194.

Sagot, M., & R. D. Stevens. 2011. The evolution of group stability and roost persistence: A case of study in tent-roosting bats. Biotropica 44: 90-97.

Sagot, M. 2004. The effects of the decline of bats. In: J. Szendeffy, D. Miller & L. Andrews (eds), CELOP. Boston University Editorial.

Sagot, M. 2003. Herpetofauna de mantillo comparando un bosque y un cacaotal en cinco años. (Longterm diversity study of leaf litter herpetofauna in forests and cacao plantations) In: F. Bolaños & J. Lobo (eds). Biología de Campo. Universidad de Costa Rica. Book chapter. 

Sagot, M. 2003. Área de corte y efecto en el flujo de agua por la lámina foliar en construcción de tiendas por parte de Artibeus watsoni (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) en Carludovica sp (Effects of tent-making by Dermanura watsoni in the water flow of Carludovica sp. leaves). In: F. Bolaños & J. Lobo (eds). Biología de campo. Universidad de Costa Rica. Book chapter.

Rodríguez-H, B., S. Rodríguez, & M. Sagot. 2001. Tent use in Pentagonia donnell-smithii (Rubiaceae) by Vampyressa pusilla (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in Costa Rica. Bat Research News 42(2): 49.






Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University
B.S., Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica