Welcome to the Leaché Lab at the University of Washington. We are a group of evolutionary biologists in the Department of Biology & Burke Museum who are interested in the diversity and systematics of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. The research in our lab is focused on topics including phylogenetics and species tree inference, statistical phylogeography, species delimitation, and comparative biology.
We utilize molecular genetic data to estimate phylogenetic relationships and infer current and historical population processes. Our research is collections-based, and takes us to places including Western North America, Puerto Rico, South America, Mexico, & West Africa. We’re also actively exploring creative new ways to apply next-generation sequencing technologies into our studies, and this keeps us heavily engaged in bioinformatics.