Phrynomics = using phylogenomic data for evolutionary inference in horned lizards (Phrynosoma). We’re collecting phylogenomics data for all species of horned lizards, including genome-wide SNP data and ultraconserved elements.

Horned lizards have a fascinating evolutionary history. They exhibit unique morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations (like antipredator blood-squirting from the eyes).

We are inferring a species-level phylogeny for Phrynosoma to 1) investigate the utility of genome-wide SNP data for phylogenetics, phylogeography, and species delimitation, 2) study character evolution, 3) describe new species, and 4) test species boundary hypotheses.