Specimen Number 10,000

The herpetology collection at the Burke Museum just hit 10,000 specimens with the accession of a Pygmy Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii). The specimen was collected in 1964 by R. C. Snyder in Ellensberg, Washington. Burke Herpetology collections manager Peter Miller rediscovered the specimen in a teaching collection and transferred it over to our research collection.

Dr. Caviedes-Solis!

Congratulations to Itzue on her successful dissertation defense! She conducted an integrative analysis of tree frog evolution by combining phylogeny + morphology + behavior + performance + microhabitat. Itzue’s presentation was fantastic, and it showcased all of her achievements, from years of fieldwork to her new scientific discoveries.

To kick or not to kick? Intertwined evolution of swimming, morphology and microhabitat in the tree frogs

Introducing Dr. Sima Bouzid!

Sima successfully defended her dissertation today. We are all really impressed with Sima’s dissertation research. She completed one of the most risky and ambitious dissertation projects that we’ve seen. Congratulations!

Diversification and Local Adaptation in Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentals)

Sima’s dissertation committee. We had to cut and paste a virtual Joe Felsenstein from another image.

Dr. Ofori-Boateng wins a Whitley award

Our friend and collaborator in Ghana, Dr. Caleb Ofori-Boateng, has won a Whitley Award for his conservation work on the critically endangered Togo slippery frog (Conraua derooi).

The Whitley Award, also called the “Green Oscars”, is a prestigious international prize presented to individuals in recognition of their achievements in nature conservation. Congratulations, Caleb!