Richard Glor

Richard Glor
  • Associate Curator - Herpetology

Contact Info

Dyche Hall
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Richard E. Glor joined KU Herpetology as an Associate Curator in the Fall of 2013. Glor's interest in herpetology extends to his earliest memories. Glor received early training in herpetology in the Education Department of the Buffalo Zoo. He went on to earn his Bachelor's degree at Cornell University, where he was active in the Cornell Herpetological Society and completed an honors thesis under the direction of Profs. Kraig Adler and Thomas Eisner. Glor completed his PhD on Species Diversification in Anolis Lizards at Washington University's Department of Biology under the direction of Profs. Jonathan Losos and Alan Larson. For his postdoctoral research, Glor joined the Center for Population Biology at UC Davis, where he was based in the laboratory of H. Bradley Shaffer. Glor was then an Assistant/Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Rochester before joining KU Herpetology.


B.S., Cornell University
Ph.D. in Species Diversification in Anolis Lizards , Washington University


Glor's research investigates the origins of species diversity, primarily through studies of West Indian anole lizards. His early work in this area was primarily phylogeographic, and revealed that many widespread anole species are comprised of genetically, and sometimes ecologically and phenotypically, distinct populations, some of which may be represent previously unrecognized species. These observations led to an interest in understanding the contributions of historical, geographic, and ecological processes to divergence in nature, which ultimately involved combining data on geographic variation with molecular genetic data and environmental niche modeling (Wang, Algar, Glor and Werren). Recently, Glor's studies of speciation in anoles have been focused primarily on a fascinating group of trunk anoles found on Hispaniola. By combining studies in nature with classical genetic experiments in the laboratory, he is conducting integrative studies of speciation and reproductive isolation. In addition to this work on speciation, he also is interested in understanding macroevolutionary patterns of species diversity through reconstruction of phylogenetic trees. This work has resulted in the first multilocus phylogenetic hypothesis for anoles (Alfoldi). Using phylogenetic trees, his work also has revealed the consequences of adaptive radiation for species diversification and ecological and morphological divergence (Mahler, Rabosky).


Glor teaches undergraduate and graduate lecture courses on phylogenetic and comparative methods, the tree of life, and herpetology. He regularly organizes structured seminar courses for advanced undergraduates and graduates on topics ranging from adaptive radiation to classic studies of speciation. Each year, he teaches phylogenetic comparative methods at the Bodega Bay Workshop in Applied Phylogenetics, and regularly contributes lectures and tutorials related to this workshop on the Tree Thinkers web page. Glor is a founding editor and regular contributor to Anole Annals, a popular blog dedicated to research on anoles. He regularly hosts formal and informal tours of the Herpetology Division and occasionally gives public lectures.