- Ph.D. in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, anticipated August 2016.
- B. S. with College Honors in Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2012.
Research InterestsResearch Interests
The primary focus of my dissertation work has been elucidating patterns of speciation and biodiversity in one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet: the tropical island of New Guinea. I have used the Australasian Ranidae as a study system to examine (1) colonization time from Southeast Asia; (2) it situ diversification in New Guinea using coalescent species delimitation of 10 widespread species complexes to determine species richness and range, as well as time-calibrated species trees and biogeographic reconstruction to examine patterns of diversification; and (3) subsequent timing of dispersal to offshore islands of New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, and Bismark Archipelago.
One of the important outcomes of my research is the knowledge obtained of species richness and boundaries. Through computational species delimitation methods and genetic data, we can observe common areas of endemism in high biodiversity regions to determine areas that should be considered for conservation. After my PhD, I am interested in pursuing this aspect of my research across different taxonomic groups in combination with other tools such as ecological niche modeling and population genetics.
- M. Hasan, J. Lai, M. Islam, L.A. Oliver, A. Kurabayashi, and M. Sumida. Submitted. Identity of Hylorana tytleri (Theobald, 1868): key to resolve the Hylarana species complex (Anura: Ranidae) in Bangladesh and its adjacent areas.
- L.A. Oliver, E. Prendini, F. Kraus, C. Raxworthy. 2015. Systematics and biogeography of the Hylarana frog (Anura: Ranidae) radiation across tropical Australasia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 90, 176-192.
- L.A. Oliver, E.N. Rittmeyer, F. Kraus, S. Richards, C.C. Austin. 2013. Phylogeny and Phylogeography of Mantophryne (Anura: Microhylidae) reveals cryptic diversity in New Guinea. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 67, 600–607.
- E. Scott, J.D. Visser, C.A. Yetman, L.A. Oliver, D.G. Broadley. 2013. Revalidation of Pyxicephalus angusticeps Parry, 1982 (Anura: Pyxicephalidae), a bullfrog endemic to the lowlands of eastern Africa. Zootaxa. 3599 (3), 201-228.
- C.C. Austin, E.N. Rittmeyer, L.A. Oliver, J.O. Andermann, G.R. Zug, G.H. Rodda, N. Jackson. 2011. The bioinvasion of Guam: inferring geographic origin, pace, pattern and process of an invasive lizard in the Pacific using multi-locus genomic data. Biological Invasions. 13, 1951–1967.
- L.A. Oliver and E. Scott-Prendini. 2011. Breeding notes on Pyxicephalus. African Herp News. 55, 15-16.
Teaching ExperienceTeaching Experience
- Teaching Assistant, Systematics and Biogeography, AMNH, September-December 2014. Supervisor: Dr. Robert DeSalle.