Staff Profiles

Frank T. Burbrink

Associate Curator, Department of Herpetology, Division of Vertebrate Zoology
Principal Investigator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics
Associate Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education

      • Louisiana State University, Ph.D., 2000
      • University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), M.S., 1995
      • University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), B.S., 1993
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Dr. Burbrink examines the evolutionary history and biogeography of reptiles and amphibians across the world. This research helps understand how species are generated, what processes produce patterns of species richness, and how local communities are formed. Within this research framework, he is currently investigating population genetics, phylogeography and systematics of snakes. He has also examined how traits have influenced both species diversification and the regional assemblage of taxa across space and time. Additionally, he also conducts research on divergence dating techniques using integrated molecular phylogenies and fossil data, theoretical phylogenetics, and species tree estimation using genomic data. To collect genomic and morphological data on snakes, he has recently conducted research expeditions with his students across North America, South America, Asia and Madagascar. Finally, to generate realistic models and properly address questions within these major areas of ecology and evolutionary biology, Dr. Burbrink has developed methods to integrate genomic, environmental and morphological data.

  • Publications

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience