Hayden Davis joins the lab!

A big welcome to Hayden Davis, the newest Ph.D. student to join our lab. Hayden received his B.S. from La Sierra University in 2014 where he worked with Lee Grismer on amphibian and reptile diversity studies in Southeast Asia. Hayden continued to develop this research for his M.S. degree at Villanova University in Aaron Bauer’s lab. His thesis work is titled,

“Investigation into the Diversity and Morphology of the Gecko Genus Cyrtodactylus on the Island of Borneo.”

For his dissertation work, Hayden is interested in advancing his studies into the realms of population genomics and species delimitation. Hayden is making a quick start, and already has plans for his initial studies. He has already published several important scientific contributions related to amphibian and reptile diversity, and we look forward to what’s to come next. Welcome to the lab!

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.