This summer has been especially productive. Collaborators and I submitted several manuscripts on diverse topics, including species delimitation in scorpions using genome-wide SNP data, comparative analysis of venoms and biological activities within two groups of rattlesnakes, species delimitation and biogeography of a widespread group of birds, and systematics and biogeography of an alligator lizard.
“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.” -Hal Borland
2017 is off to a good start thanks to my awesome collaborators!
Bryson, R. W., C. W. Linkem, C. V. Pavón-Vázquez, A. Nieto-Montes de Oca, J. Klicka, J. E. McCormack. 2017. A phylogenomic perspective on the biogeography of skinks in the Plestiodon brevirostris group inferred from target enrichment of ultraconserved elements. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.12989 [link]
Blair, C., R. W. Bryson. 2017. Cryptic diversity and discordance in single-locus species delimitation methods within horned lizards (Phrynosomatidae: Phrynosoma). Molecular Ecology Resources. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12658 [link]
Banda-Leal, J., M. Nevárez-de los Reyes, R. W. Bryson. 2017. A new species of pygmy alligator lizard (Squamata: Anguidae) from Nuevo León, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1670/15-168 [link]
Bryson, R. W., T. D. Hibbitts. 2017. Book review: Herpetofauna Mexicana I: Snakes of Mexico. Herpetological Review 48: 227-228. [pdf]
García-Vázquez, U. O., R. W. Bryson. 2017. Geographic distribution. Gerrhonotus infernalis. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4: 196-197. [pdf]
This week a new scorpion from the mountains near my hometown was named after me — a tremendous honor. Many thanks to Rich Ayrey and Michael Soleglad for this special distinction. [link to paper]
Image by Rich Ayrey
This month my 50th peer-reviewed paper was published, an exciting milestone in my career. Collaborators and I also unveiled a genomic toolkit for arachnids featuring hundreds of conserved DNA regions (ultraconserved elements or UCEs) that will allow targeted sequencing of any species in the arachnid tree of life [preprint]. The probe set we developed will soon be publicly available on http://ultraconserved.org