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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

May 10, 2012
After a fast paced semester, Stop Day is an exclamation point between formal classes and exams. In spring, exam week is followed by another exclamation point: Graduation weekend. This is a...
April 27, 2012
The end of the semester is approaching fast, with finals just around the corner. Everyone in the lab has made significant strides this semester. Choru passed his comprehensive exams and is now ABD....
March 27, 2012
KU Entomology has enjoyed a long tradition of weekly lunch talks given by resident entomologists and visiting colleagues. This spring, I am handling the speaker schedule, which has been a piece of...
March 20, 2012
What an exciting day to participate in the installation of specimens and other objects in the upcoming exhibition, "39 Trails: Research in the Peruvian Amazon", curated by Dr. Stephen...
March 5, 2012
A few days ago, I arrived in Suriname for my second expedition of the year. I am working with some of the good folks at the National Zoological Collection of Suriname, including mentoring a student...
March 1, 2012
A skull of a Smilodon californicus exhibited at the KU Natural History Museum, one of largest such skulls ever found, caught the eye of Lawrence residents George and Mary Ann Brenner. The Brenners...
January 28, 2012
 Greetings from San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela. I'm a bit over a week into my first expedition of the year--this one to continue our aquatic insect survey efforts in Venezuela. We've spent he...
January 16, 2012
It is the day before classes begin, and I start teaching Intro Systematics (with Dr. Mark Holder and TA Taro Eldredge). Quite exciting to see the 45+ names of enrolled students, review my lecture,...
January 3, 2012
2011 featured pernicious political posturing over what we know and how we discover it. Florida Gov. Rick Scott told the state’s universities that they should be educating students in areas...
December 19, 2011
Snowy owls - known to Harry Potter fans and birders alike - are making an appearance in Kansas and Missouri this fall and winter. The owls, which reside most of the year in Canadian tundra and arctic...

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