Undergraduate student James Liu with a baby Montane Side-striped Chameleon

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Undergraduate James Liu with a Side-striped Chameleon (Chameleo ellioti) during a Field Biology Quarter in Kibale National Park, Uganda. (Photo by N. Losin, 2009).


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I am interested in understanding why different groups of vertebrates-animals with backbones-have very unequal diversity-vastly different numbers of species.For example, there are about 10,000 bird species but only 23 crocodilians. This is an old question, but it is very exciting that with modern tools allowing us to sequence the base pairs in the DNA of individual genes, we can get some answers.

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