Welcome to the Shepard Lab at LA Tech!

Our lab employs molecular methods and geospatial tools to examine patterns of genetic variation within species, identify cryptic diversity, and understand the processes that drive ecological and evolutionary diversification of amphibians and reptiles. Ongoing research in the lab is focused on 1) phylogeography, speciation, and systematics of North American plethodontid salamanders, 2) ecology and evolution of Ozark and Ouachita Mountain endemic species, and 3) amphibian and reptile conservation.

Graduate students in the lab are enrolled in the MS degree program through the School of Biological Sciences. Undergraduate students in the lab are being mentored in conjunction with ongoing research projects and/or enrolled in Undergraduate Research. We are always looking for highly motivated students interested in doing research in ecology, evolution, and conservation. Click here for information about joining the lab.