Introducing Cameron Siler

Monday, January 26, 2009
Cameron Siler

Cameron Siler

Cameron Siler studies the diversity, biology and evolutionary history of amphibians and reptiles from Southeast Asia at the University of Kansas. Cameron is a graduate student in Herpetology at the KU Biodiversity Institute, and is working toward the completion of a doctorate degree focused on studying the evolution of limb loss in lizards. In the group of lizards he studies, some species have evolved a completely limbless body and look just like worms or small snakes even though they are still lizards!  Other species in the same group still have four limbs and resemble the typical lizards that we all think about. Cameron leaves for the Philippines Feb. 1 as part of a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship. He will collaborate with the Philippine National Museum and the Philippine government to conduct conservation and biodiversity surveys throughout  the country. The project will last for nine months until October, when Cameron will return to KU. You can follow Cameron’s blog entries from the Philippines here at Field Notes.