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Rafe Brown
Curator in Charge
Herpetology
Biodiversity Institute

Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas

Contact Information

Office Phone: 
785.864.3403
Email: 
rafe@ku.edu
Building: 
Lippincott Annex

Rafe works on evolutionary processes of diversification in island archipelagos, with a particular emphasis in Southeast Asia and Melanesia. Rafe's webpage.

Recent Blog Posts

August 17, 2012
The Biodiversity Institute was well represented at the 7th World Congress of...
July 24, 2012
 I caught a glimpse of the mountains as I left the field team, two days...
July 16, 2012
Funny, just after I waxed cathartic about figuring out that one species was...
July 12, 2012
 Today was a cathartic day in my own personal journey in studies of...
July 9, 2012
My new hero is our field camp assistant, Pedro, a.k.a “Baba.”...

Aside from our individual research, we are currently involved in a number of collaborative projects focusing on phylogenetic systematics, biogeography, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles of SE Asia. See “Current Projects” for details and individual student webpages for descriptions of ongoing projects. Shown above: Barbourula busuangensis, Hemibungarus calligaster, Cyrtodactylus annulatus, and Draco bimaculatus, all from the Philippines.

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Brown RM, Diesmos AC.  2009.  Philippines, Biology. Encyclopedia of Islands..
 

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2009

Brown RM, Diesmos AC.  2009.  Philippines, Biology. Encyclopedia of Islands..
August 17, 2012

The Biodiversity Institute was well represented at the 7th World Congress of Herpetology held on August 8–13 in Vancouver, Canada. Among the 1700+ delegates from 41 countries were Rafe Brown, Bill Duellman, Linda Trueb, KU undergraduates, our new curator, Dr. Rich Glor, and 19 former herpetology students who had received PhDs at KU between 1974 and 2012. Among them was Dr. Joseph R. Mendelson III (PhD, 1997), now president of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

 

 

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July 24, 2012
 I caught a glimpse of the mountains as I left the field team, two days ago.  Over the last 48 hours Dr. Tess...
July 16, 2012
Funny, just after I waxed cathartic about figuring out that one species was actually two, today I experienced a kind of...
July 12, 2012
 Today was a cathartic day in my own personal journey in studies of Philippine biodiversity.  The story...
July 9, 2012
My new hero is our field camp assistant, Pedro, a.k.a “Baba.”  Every day or two Baba brings me a...
July 1, 2012
Half way through our expeditionary celebration of a century of KU Herpetology in the Philippines, I left the team on...
June 21, 2012
I’m proud to say, a few days ago at Camp Putik, I fell for the oldest trick I the book.  Million of years of...
June 18, 2012
Transportation in the rural Philippine countryside can be a challenge.  Getting away from the city centers,...
June 15, 2012
As the centennial KU Philippine expedition continues, we are all continually impressed by the abilities, incredible...
June 9, 2012
    From the coast of Agusan Del Norte, Mt Hilong-hilong looks pretty tame.  “Hilong”...
June 4, 2012
It’s always interesting to see how people adjust to life in camp when first arriving in the field.  I am...

From the Biodiversity Insitute blog

April 3, 2014
When painting conservator Joan Gorman walks in the Panorama, she is not focused on the taxidermy. She’s looking closely at the illusions created by the murals on the wall. Joan, a 25-year-...
April 1, 2014
A chance meeting on a plane led to the opportunity to step behind the glass of the Panorama for Ivan Greene, the youngest member of the conservation assessment team. Ivan’s mother, Juliet, met...
March 30, 2014
In the center of the Panorama exhibit, an endless stream appears and empties into a pond. For years, exhibits director Bruce Scherting has worried that the pond could leak or flood the exhibit. In...
March 29, 2014
One of the most enduring images of the Panorama shows Dyche and assistants posed with “mountain” made of crates and a few taxidermied specimens, prior to the 1893 World’s Fair. We...
March 26, 2014
Sure, it's an innocent looking rabbit. But a closer look -- and a chemical analysis -- reveal this is not a jackrabbit to be disturbed.  When the conservation team arrived in December for...
March 24, 2014
Part of the illusion created by the arrangement of the Panorama is the sense that it is one continuous scene, from polar region to the tropics. Murals, rock formations, plants and other background...
March 19, 2014
The Panorama was full of families today creating their own diorama. And what better place to do it than the biggest diorama any of them had ever seen? Everyone created a scene in their museum...
March 18, 2014
Nancy Bixler concentrated on cleaning the impressive 6-foot moose today. She’s from Maine, so while she has seen these animals in the wild, it’s certainly a unique experience to walk...
March 17, 2014
One of the challenges has been to figure out how to plug in the special vacuum units that the conservation team is using, which look like miniature R2D2 robots. Unlike in a home, these vacuums can...
March 17, 2014
Conservation assessment team member Tara Hornung hails from Colorado, so rocky surfaces and mountains are familiar terrain. Today we could see her scaling the surface of the Panorama’s...

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