Graduate Education at KU Herpetology involves masters and PhD students enrolled through the KU Department and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology's Graduate Program.

Graduate Highlights

KU is a premier international destination for students with interests in ecology, evolution, and systematics of amphibians and reptiles.

Our graduate students belong to the graduate program administered by the KU Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

We are typically home to six or more Master's and PhD students.

Since 1960, KU has graduated 31 Master's students and 58 Ph.D. students.In addition to graduate students from across the United States, including Puerto Rico, international students include representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Burma, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, India, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, the Philippines, Zambia, and Malaysia.

Our alumni have gone on to many positions at universities or museums (David Hillis, Darrel FrostDavid C. Cannatella, Raul DiazJohn D. Lynch, Linda S. Ford, Cameron Siler, Charles W. Myers, Julian C. Lee, Eli Greenbaum, Arthur "Sandy" Echternacht), zoos (Joe Mendelson, Jennifer Pramuk), or in government (Anne Maglia).

Numerous undergraduates or even high school students who undertook research in herpetology went elsewhere for their graduate work and become renowned professional herpetologists; these include Harry Greene, Neil B. Ford, John J. Wiens, and the late Pere Alberch and Joseph Slowinsky.

Student Accomplishments

Anthony Barley recently defended his PhD thesis, published part of this thesis in Evolution and started a postdoctoral position at the University of Hawaii with Bob Thomson.

Cam Siler with a reticulated python.

In 2013, recent alum Cameron Siler began a position as curator and professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Museum and Department of Biology.

Phylogenetic tree from Carl Hutter paper in Ecology Letters on glassfrogs.

New PhD student Carl Hutter published results from his masters thesis on Andean glassfrog diversity in Ecology Letters.

Join Our Graduate Program

Karen Olsen

If you are interested in joining herpetology and the KU EEB graduate program, the first step is to learn a bit more about us through our research, publications, and collections. If your interests seem to match the type of work that we’re doing, the next step is to obtain information on our graduate program, its requirements and expectations. Once familiar with our work and our program, contact one or more KU researchers with basic academic information about yourself, your interests, and your educational objectives. Acceptance into the KU EEB graduate program is highly competitive and most successful applicants have a strong track record of academic success, including excellent grades, a year or more of independent research experience, and research-focused field experience.

Tashitso Anamza working in the molecular lab.