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David McLeod
Biodiversity Institute

Director of Anatomy
KU Undergraduate Biology
2047 Haworth Hall

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David works on topics related to the morphology, systematics, and conservation of living amphibians.  Current research is focused on species boundaries within the Southeast Asian fanged frogs (genus Limnonectes).

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Much of my current work focuses on the morphology and systematics of the Limnonectes kuhlii complex. Limnonectes kuhlii, is a “fanged” frog found throughout much of Southern China, South East Asia, and as far west as India. Morphologically similar throughout its range, the identity of this “species” has been questioned by many, but dealt with by few. Resolution of the genetic and morphological differences within this complex at a population level will further our understanding of global biodiversity and facilitate informed conservation actions in the future.

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From the Biodiversity Insitute blog

January 21, 2010
On the last night at Barangay Maddiangat, the town officials hosted a dinner for us. I guess one of the assistants to one of the officials was really charmed by me. Peelan (sp?) couldn’t really...
January 20, 2010
I’m in Manila, flying home tomorrow on the 21st. Let me sum up my last few days at the Barangay Maddiangat. Again, cold, rainy weather resulted in poor collecting at our third and last site. We...
January 18, 2010
After two weeks of diving and snorkeling the beautiful waters of Moorea to collect sea anemones, my time on the island was coming to a close. Which meant it was time to pack all my gear and specimens...
January 18, 2010
On the morning of the 16th, we hiked down from the second camp to spend a few days herping around the Barangay Maddiangat (elevation 200m) at the base of Mt. Palali. Once again, unexpectedly cold...
January 14, 2010
Today was cold. Very cold. Too cold to find any herps – except one. Perry brought a tiny snake from the genus Calamaria that he found near his tent. Up until now, I had avoided handling any of...
January 13, 2010
Today is my birthday. It is also Linda Trueb’s birthday. I don’t know if she knows that we are birthday buddies. So, I celebrated my birthday out in the field on Mt. Palali.  It was...
January 12, 2010
I’ve discovered on this trip that one of the most satisfying things for a herpetologist is for them to spot and catch a herp. I was a bit mopey yesterday because I failed to spot AND catch a...
January 10, 2010
Today we moved down to the lower elevation camp on the mountain (721m). The hike down was steep and slick with mud; it involved a lot of tripping and sliding. I call it “strategically falling...
January 8, 2010
Right now I’m relaxing in my warm, yellow tent. We’re still on the high elevation camp. On the second night of herping I caught my first Philippine frog – an unlucky Platymantis...
January 6, 2010
I just got back from hiking up to the peak of Mt. Palali, which is just under 1700 meters elevation. For some absurd reason I thought it would be more of a gentle, nature walk to the peak –...