Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Shanelle Wikramanayake on her recent graduation from UW! Shanelle conducted independent research on the conservation genetics of an endemic lizard in Sri Lanka, the rough-nosed horned lizard (Ceratophora aspera). Shanelle is moving to California to attend graduate school at California State University Northridge where she will work on the evolutionary biology and behavior of red-eyed tree frogs with Dr. Jeanne Roberston. We already miss Shanelle in Seattle, but we’re also excited for her future work in her new lab!
Simone Des Roches, a herpetologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the UW School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, was recently featured in a Burke Museum Q&A about her biological illustration work. Simone is producing a series of biological illustrations depicting the reptiles and amphbians of Washington State. The illustrations focus on presenting the diversity found within each species. You can read the full story and see more of the illustrations here:
Recent lab graduate Itzue Caviedes-Solis recently published a new research article on frog conservation in the Mexican Highlands. The research was picked up by “Cientificas Mexicanas” and turned into a really nice infographic.
Caviedes-Solis, I.W., Kim, N. and Leaché, A.D. 2020. Species IUCN threat status level increases with elevation: a phylogenetic approach for Neotropical tree frog conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-020-01986-8
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!