Associate Professor
(206) 543-7622 (office)
(206) 616-2132 (lab)
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KIN 528

Research Overview

Research in the Leache Lab focuses on phylogenetics, systematics, phylogeography, and species delimitation. We study natural populations, and we conduct extensive fieldwork to collect specimens for our research. Most of us study amphibians and reptiles, but we also have on-going projects focused on birds, mammals, and plants. We maintain an active research lab with a mix of graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in the Department of Biology and at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

We use a wide variety of new genomic tools in our research, including SNPs for phylogeography and species delimitation and targeted sequence capture for phylogenomics. We are also interested in phylogenetic methods, and we conduct computer simulations to study statistical aspects of species tree inference and species delimitation.

Selected Publications

Sherman EM, Leaché AD. Molecular Identification of A Hitchhiking Frog. Northwestern Naturalist. 2013;94:81-4.