Kyle J Shaney

Kyle J Shaney
New Mexico Highlands University · Forestry

Ph.D. Quantitative Biology

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October 2018 - October 2020
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2013 - July 2021
University of Texas at Arlington
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Conservation and Management of Reptile and Amphibian Diversity in Indonesia
April 2011 - June 2011
University of Tennessee
Position
  • Black Bear Population Genetics Technician
Education
January 2011 - May 2012
Weber State University
Field of study
  • Zoology/Environmental Studies/Botany
August 2008 - December 2010
Utah State University
Field of study
  • Wildlife Science

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Publications (29)
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Integrating ancient fossil DNA with modern genetic samples is aiding in advancing the fields of ecology and biogeography. However, wide gaps in the fossil record still remain throughout the tropics, while genetic and genomic datasets from tiny (<50 mg) ancient tropical fossils recovered from small mass species (<100 g) are particularly scarce. We s...
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Defining conservation units is an important step in species management and requires interpretation of the genetic diversity and ecological function of the taxon being considered. We used the endemic Cuban Rock Iguanas (Cyclura nubila nubila) as a model to highlight this challenge and examined patterns of its intraspecific genetic diversity across C...
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Lizards of the genus Dendragama are endemic to the highland cloud forests of Sumatra’s Barisan Mountain Range in western Indonesia, and recent studies have uncovered widespread diversity within the genus. Here, a suite of morphological characters and mitochondrial DNA are used to compare three geographically isolated populations of D. boulengeri fr...
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Catastrophic events, such as volcanic eruptions, can have profound impacts on the demographic histories of resident taxa. Due to its presumed effect on biodiversity, the Pleistocene eruption of super‐volcano Toba has received abundant attention. We test the effects of the Toba eruption on the diversification, genetic diversity, and demography of th...
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We review morphology and systematics of Phoxophrys using new specimens of previously rare species. In addition to external characters, we relied heavily on skull morphology visualized using computed tomography data of all currently recognized species in this genus. Phylogenetic analysis of ND4, 12S, and 16S mDNA sequences reveal that Ph. tuberculat...
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With the use of a concordance and a mitochondrial tree-morphological character congruence approach, we show that recently discovered populations of Lophocalotes represent a new species. Like its only known congener, the new species occurs only on Sumatra in montane forests above 1000 m. The new species differs from L. ludekingi in having more gular...
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We conduct species delimitation of the widespread parachuting frog species Rhacophorus catamitus using samples from across the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. We use mitochondrial, genomic and morphological data, and find that R. catamitus is composed of three lineages corresponding to northern, central and southern lineages. Mitochondrial and genomi...
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We discovered new populations of Dendragama at the northern and southern ends of Sumatra. High genetic distances and concordance of multiple, apparently independent diagnostic characters support our descriptions of these two populations as new species. We define new characters of the sublabial, tympanic, dorsal crest, and dorsolateral crest scales....
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The Greater Sunda region of South-east Asia supports a rich diversity of economically and ecologically important species. However, human pressures are reshaping contemporary biogeography across the region. Megafaunal distributional patterns have been particularly affected because of deforestation, poaching and human–wildlife conflict. Crocodilians...
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We describe a new species of Pseudocalotes from montane forests of the central, western coast of Sumatra. The combination of 3 or 4 interoculabials, slightly enlarged and heavily keeled scales on the lower flanks, a white scapular spot, a relatively long fifth toe, bicarinate lamellae at the base of Toe III, absence of a postrictal modified scale,...
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The pitviper Trimeresurus (Popeia) toba was described on the basis of slight morphological differences between six specimens collected in northern Sumatra and the other recognized species of Trimeresurus (Popeia) from the Sunda Shelf. In January 2014, we collected two additional specimens of T. (P.) toba from Sumatra and located a third unexamined...
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Here we document the addition of thousands of potentially amplifiable microsatellite loci (PALs) and associated primer sequences for public use. We conducted whole-genome shotgun sequencing to obtain ultra-low coverage, random genomic sampling from ten African and Asian squamate reptile species (representing ten genera). We used unique genomic proc...
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IUCN Red List assessments are important for conservation and management initiatives. However, status assessments are often challenging because of poor sampling between biogeographical regions. Researchers sometimes assess poorly known species, which can have unforeseen ramifications, including the trade of rare and cryptic species under common spec...
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Squamates exhibit some of the most extreme and fascinating biological adaptations among vertebrates, including the production of a wide diversity of venom toxins. The rapid accumulation of genomic information from squamate reptiles is generating important new context and insights into the biology, the regulation and diversity of venom toxins, and t...
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The Indonesian island of Sumatra contains several endemic species of parachuting frog of the genus Rhacophorus. Most of these are known from small type series collected from only a few localities, and consequently, many Sumatran Rhacophorus species are poorly understood. Using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), we investigated relationships among a group o...
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The Indonesian island of Sumatra contains several endemic species of parachuting frog of the genus Rhacophorus. Most of these are known from small type series collected from only a few localities, and consequently, many Sumatran Rhacophorus species are poorly understood. Using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), we investigated relationships among a group o...
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Snake venom gene evolution has been studied intensively over the past several decades, yet most previous studies have lacked the context of complete snake genomes and the full context of gene expression across diverse snake tissues. We took a novel approach to studying snake venom evolution by leveraging the complete genome of the Burmese python, i...
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We describe three new species of Pseudocalotes from the Bukit Barisan Range of southern Sumatra, Indonesia. Pseudocalotes cybelidermus, P. guttalineatus, and P. rhammanotus differ from most congeners in having serrate dorsal crests that extend to the base of the tail and a dorsolateral series of enlarged heavily keeled scales. In these new species,...
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Squamates exhibit some of the most extreme and fascinating biological adaptations among vertebrates, including the production of a wide diversity of venom toxins. The rapid accumulation of genomic information from squamate reptiles is generating important new context and insights into the biology, the regulation and diversity of venom toxins, and t...
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Snakes possess many extreme morphological and physiological adaptations. Identification of the molecular basis of these traits can provide novel understanding for vertebrate biology and medicine. Here, we study snake biology using the genome sequence of the Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus), a model of extreme physiological and metabolic a...

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Evaluate the ecological ramifications of adding and subtracting species from communities in the southwest, preserve ecological integrity and restore key wildlife species where necessary.
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Community ecology studies, analyze species statuses and restore populations