Research Program

The Austin laboratory uses molecular genetic techniques to examine questions concerning population genetics, systematics, biogeography, phylogeography and physiological and functional ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Presently, there are multiple research projects underway around the world. Research in my lab primarily uses independent molecular genetic data sets, next-generation genomics and morphology to answer evolutionary questions, aid in conservation efforts, and describe species new to science. A particular geographic focus of research effort is the island of New Guinea, the world’s largest and highest tropical island. Research is directed at understanding the patterns and processes that generated the megadiversity of life in New Guinea. Our lab is funded by the National Science Foundation.