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News 06.08.17

Graduate student Elyse Freitas continues doing well during her Fulbright in Thailand, based at the Kasetsart University, working alongside Dr. Anchalee Aowphol and her students.  She has been working in the genetics research lab, giving guest lectures and going in the field 1-2 times per month, as well as exploring Bangkok and taking language lessons. Follow Elyse online at her Thailand blog....


News 05.31.17

Cameron Siler, Katrina Menard, and the OU field crew (Austin Carriere, Elyse Ellsworth, Sierra Smith & Sam Eliades) arrived safely in Manilla on May 22 and had a day or so to explore the city while waiting for collaborators Dr. Duncan Irschick (UMass-Amherst) and Dr. Phillip Bergman (Clark University). They have now wrapped up collecting at their first site in Cayagan Province on Luzon Island and are now traveling...


News 03.22.17

Our graduate student Kai Wang recently received two NSF Fellowships, including the East Asian and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) and the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)! EAPSI supports summer research activities conducted with foreign collaborators in East Asian and Pacific countries, and GRFP supports STEM graduate students who are pursuing research-based advance degrees in the US. The GRFP includes a 3-year living...


News 01.23.17

After training with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in San Diego for the next month, I will depart on a six-month research expedition in Fiji that will focus on the ecology and conservation of the critically endangered Fijian crested iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis). Working on a large collaborative project supported by San Diego Zoo Global, USGS, International Iguana Foundation, and the National...


News 10.24.16

Cameron Siler and art professor Dr. Peter Froslie have teamed up to create a fantastic new course entitled “Brunei – At the Intersection of Science and Art: Understanding Biodiversity and Conservation” in Summer 2017 (BIO 4970/ART 4823).  Brunei is on the island of Borneo, which cnontains a unique tropical rainforest that is home to 6% of the total world biodiversity, and includes such...


News 08.25.16

Joey Brown has recently joined the Siler Lab as a Masters student at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and University of Oklahoma. After growing up flippin’ rocks and chasing snakes throughout Kansas and Missouri, Joey attended the University of Kansas (KU) as an undergraduate student, and transformed his childhood fascination into a passionate pursuit for a career in the...


News 06.30.16

Graduate student Kai Wang has completed the Tibetan portion of his field work and has now crossed the Tibet-Yunnan Province border.  He collected many Japalura (the focal genus for his masters thesis) along the Mekong River in Tibet as well as cool vipers and frogs.  Be sure to also review his previous field update.  Kai is now in NW Yunnan and will continue the survey along...


News 06.01.16

We have just gotten an update from Kai Wang, who has been at the China-Myanmar border in southwestern Yunnan Province from May 28-31. He and his colleagues surveyed one of the major natural reserves in the area, Tongbiguan, and found several cool herps, including the first juvenile specimen of Bengal Monitor Lizard from China, and a Big-headed Turtle! All photos credited to Kai...


News 05.13.16

As field work continues in Oklahoma through early June, under the leadership of field assistant Aaron Geheber, and undergrads Elyse Ellsworth, Brendan Heitz,and Claire Winfrey, the remainder of the Siler Lab prepares for serious international travel for May, June and beyond!  See their research summaries below. Jessa Watters (mid-late May): Jessa joins her undergraduate herpetology mentor, Dr. John Iverson of Earlham College...


Research 05.03.16

As part of the Spring 2015 Herpetology Course (BIOL 4083) taught by Dr. Cameron Siler at the University of Oklahoma, students took part in a semester long, small group writing assignment that formed a large basis of their final course grade. The class was broken up into three groups of seven or eight students, and each group was assigned a distinct lineage of...