The FuLab:

Evolution & Herpetology


        Currently, one graduate students (Hudson, M.Sc.) and one undergraduate student (Ivy) are working in the lab. We frequently host visitors from China and Russia.

To Prospective Graduate Students

Research in the FuLab is often associated with applications of molecular phylogenetics. We use phylogenetic trees to address evolutionary questions, such as species boundaries, speciation, mitochondrial introgression, and adaptation. Although our primary model organisms are amphibians and reptiles, our research is geared toward questions rather than taxonomic groups.

        Our current work involves detecting mitochondrial genome introgression in anurans, male-biased dispersal in lizards, correlation between life history traits and sexual dimorphism in anurans. With the current trend of global warming and habitat deterioration, we are also involved in monitoring such changes with amphibian distribution shift and population genetic structure variation. Recently, we also initiated a comparative genomic study aiming at understanding amphibian adaptation to high elevation at the Tibetan Plateau area.