Category Archives: Burke

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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Titanoboa: Monster Snake

Titanoboa is at the Burke Museum! The exhibit includes a full-size replica of the giant snake, plus fossils, photos and videos that reconstruct Earth’s earliest-known rainforest and the lost world of life in the Paleocene following the demise of dinosaurs. We … Continue reading

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Herpetology Meetings in Reno

The 2015 herpetology meetings in Reno are coming to an end tonight. The meetings were awesome! There were lots of great talks, including those by Leonard, Sima, and Matt. We even had a chance to go and catch some local herps (Crotaphytus, … Continue reading

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