Jared joined the lab in 2011. His research is focused on phylogenetics, population genetics, and species delimitation in lizards and frogs. His dissertation research in South America is focused on resolving species limits in Liolaemus lizards, and includes hybridization studies and ecological niche modeling.
Species delimitation using Bayes factors
For his Masters thesis work at SDSU, Jared developed a novel species delimitation method (called BFD) that uses Bayes factors to rank and statistically test alternative species delimitation models. He applied the method to the Sceloporus scalaris species group using empirical data, and also tested the method with computer simulations.
Population genetics of tailed frogs in the North Cascades
With generous funding from Seattle City Lights, Jared is evaluating the impacts of hydroelectric dams and elevation gradients on amphibian population genetic structure in North Cascades National Park. In addition, he is surveying for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a fungal pathogen that causes the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis.