About

Who We Are

KU Herpetology at Darwin Party 2014.

  • We are one of the largest and most active groups dedicated to studying reptile and amphibian diversity.
  • Our group includes more than 10 full-time researchers conducting dozens of research projects.
  • We conduct numerous field expeditions each year to destinations across Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and the West Indies.
  • We are a premier international destination for research and training. Current students, postdocs, visiting scholars, and curators include representatives from at least four countries. The graduate program typically includes a half dozen or more full-time students. Dozens of former students hold distinguished positions at research universities, museums, zoos, and in government.
  • We are home to one of the largest collections of preserved reptile and amphibian specimens, and the collections are accessed tens of thousands of times each year via HerpNet/VertNet, loans of physical specimens, and on-site visits.

Contact Us

Dyche Hall

E-mail address for all collections related queries: herpsku@ku.edu

Herpetology Division phone: 785-864-4540

​Mailing address: Division of Herpetology, Biodiversity Institute, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS, 66045-7593 USA

Location: KU Herpetology is located in the heart of KU's hilltop campus in the north wing of Dyche Hall. We share this building with the KU Natural History Museum and associated public exhibits (our offices are just behind the north temperate/boreal portion of The Panorama and the door to the division is just past Comanche). The Division usually is not open to the public, but you may contact the curatorial staff if you are interested in a "behind-the-scenes" tours for a group with educational objectives.

History

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KU Herpetology's history dates back to the early 20th century and features contributions from numerous prominent herpetologists, including Edward H. Taylor, William Duellman, Linda Trueb, and Henry Fitch. Curator Emeritus William Duellman will publish a comprehensive history of KU Herpetology in 2015. In the meantime, this brief summary covers major events in the history of KU herpetology.