Evolution, Biogeography and Systematics
The Mississippi River plays an important role in species evolution and historical biogeography through vicariance. We are examining how vicariance has impacted a regional distribution of fauna along its path.
The Northern Cricket Frog and Blanchard's Cricket Frog are very similar species, previously believed to be subspecies. We are evaluating morphological markers and have recently sequenced the whole genome.
We are analyzing the data from two Draft Genomes we are producing. One is a crustacean, the other an amphibian.
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McCallum, M.L. 1995. Geographical Distribution. Heterodon nasicus (western hognose snake). Herpetological Review 26:46.