Evolution & Conservation


Reptiles are among the most diverse group of amniote vertebrates, but whole genome sequencing efforts are only just now focusing on studying the diversity in lepidosaurs, turtles and crocodilians. Building on the genome of the first non-avian reptile, the green anole lizard, sequences have been published from a number of snakes, turtles, and crocodilians species. The Kusumi Lab is focusing on studying genomic and morphological diversity at multiple levels:

  • Species in the Anolis genus of lizards, including
    • the slender anole, A. apletophallus
    • the grass anole, A. auratus
    • the Central American giant anole, A. frenatus
  • Species of desert tortoise, including
    • the Mohave desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizii
    • the Sonoran desert tortoise, G. morafkai
  • Species of the eastern fence lizard, including
    • Sceloporus undulatus

Relevant Recent Publications

Vertebrate Genomics