Leonard joined the lab in the Fall of 2013. He comes from Texas by way of New York City.
In his former research life, Leonard applied immunohistochemistry techniques to transgenic fly lines to find novel genes and pathways that are integral to germ cell migration in the early Drosophila embryo. However, Leonard became fully-aware of his desired place in evolutionary biology and herpetology after working as an intern in Dr. Frank Burbrink’s snake evolution lab.
For his dissertation work, Leonard is studying the phylogeography of garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) across North America, and patterns of migration and dispersal of garter snakes across the San Juan Islands in Washington.