Herpetology conducts research, research training, and graduate education on the world's reptiles and amphibians — their global diversity, evolution, geography, genomics, morphology, conservation, ecology and behavior. These studies are grounded in research collections of more than 340,000 specimens and their associated data.


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Members of KU herpetology investigate the diversity of reptiles and amphibians using collections, field study, and work in the molecular laboratory to discover new diversity, characterize global patterns of diversity, and understand the evolutionary origins of this diversity.


The KU Herpetology collections are among the largest research collections of reptile and amphibian specimens in the world. Our actively growing collections are accessed thousands of times every year through on-line searches, loans and on-site visits.