A new paper from our lab is featured on the cover of the journal Evolution.
The Ghostly Tree Frog, Leptopelis spiritusnoctis, is one of many unique amphibians and reptiles species endemic to subtropical West Africa. A comparative phylogeographic study of 20 species (Leache et al. pages 716–724) uncovered a wide range of genetic divergence histories, suggesting that biodiversity in this region has been shaped by diversification events that are both recent and extending beyond the Holocene. Photo Credit: Duncan Reid & Adam Leache, University of Washington. (See pages 716–724).
Leaché, A. D., J. Oaks, C. Ofori-Boateng, and M. K. Fujita. 2020. Comparative phylogeography in West African amphibians and reptiles. Evolution 74: 716–724.
A big welcome to Hayden Davis, the newest Ph.D. student to join our lab. Hayden received his B.S. from La Sierra University in 2014 where he worked with Lee Grismer on amphibian and reptile diversity studies in Southeast Asia. Hayden continued to develop this research for his M.S. degree at Villanova University in Aaron Bauer’s lab. His thesis work is titled,
“Investigation into the Diversity and Morphology of the Gecko Genus Cyrtodactylus on the Island of Borneo.”
For his dissertation work, Hayden is interested in advancing his studies into the realms of population genomics and species delimitation. Hayden is making a quick start, and already has plans for his initial studies. He has already published several important scientific contributions related to amphibian and reptile diversity, and we look forward to what’s to come next. Welcome to the lab!
We recently took a trip to Snoqualmie Pass to visit the I-90 corridor project to survey amphibians. Our hosts at Central Washington University know all the best spots. Thanks to Jason Irwin and Dave Darda for an excellent trip! And thanks to Simone Des Roches for some excellent photos!
The herpetology collection at the Burke Museum just hit 10,000 specimens with the accession of a Pygmy Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii). The specimen was collected in 1964 by R. C. Snyder in Ellensberg, Washington. Burke Herpetology collections manager Peter Miller rediscovered the specimen in a teaching collection and transferred it over to our research collection.
Congratulations to Itzue on her successful dissertation defense! She conducted an integrative analysis of tree frog evolution by combining phylogeny + morphology + behavior + performance + microhabitat. Itzue’s presentation was fantastic, and it showcased all of her achievements, from years of fieldwork to her new scientific discoveries.
To kick or not to kick? Intertwined evolution of swimming, morphology and microhabitat in the tree frogs