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 investigating the timing and dispersal patterns of the New World radiation of the Crotalines utilizing next-generation sequencing techniques, comparative morphology, and biogeography.