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Phyllomedusa vaillantii Ecuador, Pastaza Province. Photographed by William W. Lamar
bar Kevin de Queiroz
    Kevin de Queiroz
    Research Zoologist

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Related Links

Complete List of Kevin's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature
List of North American Amphibian and Reptile Species

Interviews and News Articles
Wired (2013)
National Public Radio (2007)
Discover (2005)
Scientific American (2004)
Folha de Saõ Paulo (2002)
Science (2001)
BioScience (2000)


B.S. (Biology), University of California at Los Angeles, 1978.
M.S. (Zoology), San Diego State University, 1985.
Ph.D. (Zoology), University of California at Berkeley, 1989.

Research Interests

Theory and practice of systematic biology, phylogeny and evolution of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on iguanian lizards.

Recent Publications

Buckley, Larry J., de Queiroz, Kevin, Grant, Tandora D., Hollingsworth, Bradford D., Iverson, John B., Pasachnik, Stesha A. and Stephen, Catherine L. 2016. A checklist of the iguanas of the world (Iguanidae; Iguaninae). In: Iverson, John B., Grant, Tandora D., Knapp, C. R. and Pasachnik, Stesha A., Iguanas: Biology, Systematics, and Conservation.(Herpetological Conservation and Biology) pp.4-46.

Lyson, Tyler R, Rubidge, Bruce S, Scheyer, Torsten M, de Queiroz, Kevin, Schachner, Emma R, Smith, Roger M H., Botha-Brink, Jennifer and Bever, G. S. 2016. Fossorial Origin of the Turtle Shell. Current Biology, 26(14): 1887-1894. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.020

Torres-Carvajal, Omar, Venegas, Pablo J. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2015. Three new species of woodlizards (Hoplocercinae, Enyalioides) from northwestern South America. ZooKeys, 494: 107-132. doi:10.3897/zookeys.494.8903

Sherratt, Emma, Del, Rosario Casta, Garwood, Russell J., Mahler, D. L., Sanger, Thomas J., Herrel, Anthony, de Queiroz, Kevin and Losos, Jonathan B. 2015. Amber fossils demonstrate deep-time stability of Caribbean lizard communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(32): 9961-9966. doi:10.1073/pnas.1506516112

Rocha, L. A., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, Carole C., Barclay, M. V. L., Bates, J. M., Bauer, A. M., Benzoni, F., Berns, C. M., Berumen, M. L., Blackburn, D. C., Blum, S., Bolanos, F., Bowie, R. C. K., Britz, R., Brown, R. M., Cadena, C. D., Carpenter, K., Ceriaco, L. M., Chakrabarty, P., Chaves, G., Choat, J. H., Clements, K. D., Collette, Bruce B., et al 2014. Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science, 344(6186): 814-815. doi:10.1126/science.344.6186.814

Lyson, Tyler R., Schachner, Emma R., Botha-Brink, Jennifer, Scheyer, Torsten M., Lambertz, Markus, Bever, G. S., Rubidge, Bruce S. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2014. Origin of the unique ventilatory apparatus of turtles. Nature Communications, 5 doi:10.1038/ncomms6211

Buden, Donald W., de Queiroz, Kevin, Rooijen, Johan Van, Stinson, Derek W., Wiles, Gary J. and Robert, Sabrino 2014. New Information and Reappraisals Concerning Some Alien and Indigenous Snake Records from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Mariana Islands. Pacific Science, 68(2): 287-293. doi:10.2984/68.2.8

de Queiroz, Kevin 2014. Popperian Corroboration and Phylogenetics. Systematic Biology, 63(6): 1018-1022. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syu064

de Queiroz, Kevin 2013. Nodes, Branches, and Phylogenetic Definitions. Systematic Biology, 62(4): 625-632. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syt027

Noonan, Brice P., Pramuk, Jennifer B., Bezy, Robert L., Sinclair, Elizabeth A., de Queiroz, Kevin and Sites Jr., Jack W. 2013. Phylogenetic relationships within the lizard clade Xantusiidae: using trees and divergence times to address evolutionary questions at multiple levels. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69(1): 109-122. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.05.017

de Queiroz, Kevin and Donoghue, Michael J. 2013. Phylogenetic Nomenclature, Hierarchical Information, and Testability. Systematic Biology, 62(1): 167-174. doi:10.1093/sysbio/sys054

Castañeda, Maria d. R. and de Queiroz, Kevin 2013. Phylogeny of the Dactyloa Clade of Anolis Lizards: New Insights from Combining Morphological and Molecular Data. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 160(7): 345-398. doi:10.3099/0027-4100-160.7.345

Venegas, Pablo, Torres-Carvajal, Omar, Duran, Vilma and de Queiroz, Kevin 2013. Two sympatric new species of woodlizards (Hoplocercinae, Enyalioides) from Cordillera Azul National Park in northeastern Peru. Zookeys, 277(0): 69-90. doi:10.3897/zookeys.277.3594

Lyson, Tyler R., Bhullar, Bhart-Anjan S., Bever, Gabe S., Joyce, Walter G., de Queiroz, Kevin, Abzhanov, Arhat and Gauthier, Jacques A. 2013. Homology of the enigmatic nuchal bone reveals novel reorganization of the shoulder girdle in the evolution of the turtle shell. Evolution & development, 15(5): 317-325. doi:10.1111/ede.12041

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