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I am a postdoctoral researcher in Dave Zarkower's lab at the University of Minnesota. My research examines the evolutionary processes that generate and maintain biological diversity. In particular I focus on two complementary topics: 1) the evolution of sex determining mechanisms and sex chromosomes; and 2) the spatial and historical aspects of species diversification – phylogenetics and biogeography. Studying these subjects in a single model clade (lizards) presents an unparalleled opportunity to understand the complex origins of biological diversity.

Giant day gecko

Phelsuma grandis

Tokay gecko - Gekko gecko

Gekko gecko

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Recent Publications:


RAD-seq sex-linked marker sex chromosome anolis reptile lizard

Identifying sex-linked markers and sex determining mechanisms using RAD-seq


Anolis carolinensis, green anole sex chromosome evolution hawaii genome

Sex chromosome evolution in Anolis



Collecting and Preserving Genetic Material for Herpetological Research


In the news:

Available Now: A New, Large Phylogeny of Anoles

Exploring the Anolis Y Chromosome

Reconstructing the History of Anole Sex Chromosomes

Academic Minute podcast: The Evolution of gecko feet

In pursuit of geckos

Geckos evolved sticky feet many times

What do geckos and glue have in common?

Evolution of geckos' sticky toes

How Sticky Toepads Evolved in Geckos and What That Means for Adhesive Technologies

Scientific potential of gecko's sticky toes fascinates U of C researcher

Geckos Evolved Sticky Toe Pads Repeatedly

Geckos' sticky toes inspire engineers

The Evolution Of Sticky Feet

Gecko feet don't stick around

Gekko canaensis - a new gecko species from Vietnam

A new Vietnamese gecko

New Gecko species discovered in Vietnam

Genome 10K: A New Ark

New Family Of Gecko Discovered

U student helps discover a new family of geckos

Bell researcher studies geckoes' sticky feet

U.S. researchers discover new family of gecko

Ga-ga about geckos


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Contact: Tony Gamble
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Minnesota
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Copyright © 2003-2014. Tony Gamble
Updated: 7 September, 2014

Some of this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1146820. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).


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