Our research embraces an integrative approach to study the evolutionary history of reptiles and amphibians. Largely relying on genomic data for phylogeography, species delimitation, and phylogeny, we are increasingly incorporating ecological data, including the use of microbiomes, to understand the diversity and distributions of our focal taxa. Current projects in the lab include genome dynamics in parthenogenetic lizards, genome structure evolution in reptiles, biodiversity genomics, and the evolution of sensory systems in frogs and lizards.
The lab is housed in the Engineering Research Building on the north end of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Herpetology has been a strength in the Biology Department, particularly with the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, a research museum with particularly strong collections from Central America. Our genomic resources are increasing, and the capabilities of the university continue its pace with a fast-growing urban university.