Justin Bernstein

Justin Bernstein
University of Kansas | KU · Biological Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Hi! I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas Center for Genomics. My research focuses on the systematics of reptiles, answering broad questions in evolutionary biology. Much of my research uses Sanger and high-throughput sequencing to study undescribed diversity, biogeography, and how various taxa have diversified through time and adapted to their environments at the genomic level. I also use morphological and ecological data in my research to better understand squamate evolution.
Additional affiliations
August 2014 - May 2016
Villanova University
Position
  • PhD Student
August 2014 - May 2016
Villanova University
Position
  • PhD Student

Publications

Publications (14)
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Advances in both morphological and molecular techniques have uncovered many lineages across the tree of life, and Neotropical vertebrates are no exception. Sphaerodactylus geckos (Sphaerodactylidae) are abundant and important components of the Neotropical herpetofauna, but few studies have thoroughly investigated them using a combination of morphol...
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Over the past decade, museum genomics studies have focused on obtaining DNA of sufficient quality and quantity for sequencing from fluid-preserved natural history specimens, primarily to be used in systematic studies. While these studies have opened windows to evolutionary and biodiversity knowledge of many species worldwide, published works often...
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The Philippine coral snakes of the genus Hemibungarus consist of three poorly known endemic species, constituting some of the most enigmatic elapid snakes in the world. Because of their secretive, subterranean, and heretofore undocumented microhabitat preferences, very little is known of these lineages. We present a synthetic description of aposema...
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Many phylogeographic studies on species with large ranges have found genetic-geographic structure associated with changes in habitat and physical barriers preventing or reducing gene flow. These interactions with geographic space, contemporary and historical climate, and biogeographic barriers have complex effects on contemporary population genetic...
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The Philippine-endemic elapid genus Hemibungarus consists of three described species that are widely distributed across northern and central portions of the archipelago. Hemibungarus calligaster, H. mcclungi, and H. gemianulis were originally diagnosed, and remain recognized today, primarily based on differences in color pattern. Previous studies a...
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Cyrtodactylus geckos are one of the most speciose and diverse groups of extant lizards known, distributed throughout the Asian and Pacific realms. Using molecular phylogenetic methods and supporting morphological data, we describe a new species of Cyrtodactylus in Daweishan National Nature Reserve, Yunnan Province, China. Cyrtodactylus hekouensis s...
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New Caledonia is the smallest global biodiversity hotspot, yet has one of the highest levels of endemism for an insular region of its size. Lizards are the dominant vertebrate fauna, and, while ecologically important, can be difficult to identify and many are in decline due to anthropogenic threats. As an aid to facilitate identification, we genera...
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Mud snakes (Serpentes: Homalopsidae) are a family of 54 described, mainly aquatic, species primarily distributed throughout mainland Southeast Asia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Although they have been the focus of prior research, the basic relationships amongst genera and species remain poorly known. We used a combined mitochondrial and nuc...
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The reptile fauna of Tinhosa Grande islet, Gulf of Guinea, comprises an endemic skink, Trachylepis adamastor, and an unidentified species of gecko of the genus Hemidactylus. Until recently, no molecular data were available for either species, impeding their phylogenetic placement. However, due to several synapomorphic characters, it was suggested t...
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Cylindrophis is a genus of secretive, semi-fossorial, non-venomous snakes comprising 14 species, characterized by a generally cylindrical body, uniform scales (with barely enlarged ventrals), and vestiges of pelvic and limb bones, the latter terminating in a claw lateral to the vent. We reconstructed a concatenated molecular phylogeny of seven taxa...
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Geographic range extension of Acrochordus granulatus in the Philippines

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