Category Archives: Burke

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants

Congratulations to Leonard Jones, CJ Battey, and Dave Slager for receiving NSF grants to support their dissertation research! Their research projects are listed below. We can expect to see some great results from all of these dissertation projects. Leonard Jones: Investigating the joint … Continue reading

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Patagonia

I recently traveled to Argentina to visit Dr. Mariana Morando and Dr. Luciano Avila, two herpetologists at Centro Nacional Patagonico (CENPAT-CONICET) in Puerto Madryn.  Dr. Morando has visited our lab a few times in the past couple of years to collect SNP … Continue reading

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2015 Lab Retreat

We had our annual lab retreat to UW Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Islands at the end of September. A few out of town visitors joined us for a “Biodiversity Genomics” workshop, including Dr. Matt Fujita (University of Texas, Arlington), … Continue reading

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Everything is Not Lost

Congratulations to Itzue on her new paper in the journal Mesoamerican Herpetology, “Everything is not lost: recent records, rediscoveries, and range extensions of Mexican hylid frogs“. The paper summarizes fieldwork results from the Mexican highlands. One significant finding is the rediscovery of five frog species that … Continue reading

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Clay Toads

Matt McElroy published his research on toad coloration. He studied disruptive coloration in toads (Rhinella alata) on Barro Colorado Island in Panama using clay models (see figure below). Matt determined that the highly polymorphic colors and color patterns of Rhinella toads are functionally … Continue reading

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