Over the past 20 years, Dave Blackburn and the lab have focused most of our field research in Africa. In addition to collecting samples for use in evolutionary analyses, we collect samples relevant to understanding genetics, disease, and natural history. Our work has resulted in the discovery of new species, better understanding of the evolution and natural history of poorly known frog species, and provided baseline information important for conservation. We are especially interested in understanding the historical biogeography of continental Africa.
To date, our work includes field expeditions in eight countries, with our most recent research focusing on Angola, Cameroon, and Gabon.
We currently are working on the evolution of polyploidization and niche in Central African Night Frogs (genus Astylosternus), which is supported by the US National Science Foundation.