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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

January 3, 2010
I'm currently enjoying a breakfast sandwich and a tall Americano at the Starbucks near our hotel in Manila. Luke has just called Rafe from the town of Solano (about seven hours north of Manila). The...
January 1, 2010
Today we took a walk through old Manila and visited the National Museum. I've included a photo, below, of Jeepney. They're one of the most interesting things I see around Manila. They are a converted...
December 31, 2009
A major Midwest snowstorm during the Christmas holiday delayed the 36-hour journey for our intrepid herpetology team, but we eventually made our way from snowy Lawrence to the Kansas City airport....
December 29, 2009
Over winter break, Herpetology curator Rafe Brown is leading a team of KU students to the Philippines.  The group's research will help scientists better understand the biodiversity of the...
December 28, 2009
Hello! I am a new graduate student in Herpetology at the KU Biodiversity Institute. I am interested in studying the evolutionary history, biogeography and morphology of frogs from Southeast Asia...
November 25, 2009
I arrived in Moorea on a Saturday morning and quickly settled into the lab and accommodations. On my first afternoon I went out collecting with Dr. Arthur Anker and Ms. Sarah McPherson (both of the...
November 25, 2009
Moorea is one of many islands making up the Society Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collective of France. The official language is French although Tahitian is spoken by many people in the...
November 16, 2009
    Preparations for fieldwork start many months before your planned departure.  After choosing where you want to do fieldwork you must start applying for permits you may be...
November 13, 2009
    Andrea Crowther is a graduate student at KU and is interested in the taxonomy, biology, and evolutionary relationships of sea anemones.  Andrea’s doctoral research...
September 3, 2009
From KUCR.... STUDENT TRAVEL FELLOWHIPS AVAILABLE TO ATTEND "GENES IN ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY IN GENES" SYMPOSIUM The Ecological Genomics Institute (www.ecogen.k-state.edu ) at Kansas State...

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