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  Supporting the Sustainable Management of Amphibian and Reptile Biodiversity

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Anon.



Advisory Board


Robert Murphy

ROBERT W. MURPHY is a Senior Curator in the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum, and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also holds adjunct faculty positions at East China Normal University (Shanghai) and Hainan Normal University. His Ph.D. (1982) in biology was awarded from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His early work concentrated on the evolutionary genetics of reptiles from Baja California, Mexico and he was the first person to study the genetic consequences of plate tectonics. The later discovery of the "Vizcaino Seaway" of Baja California has stimulated much subsequent research.

Dr. Bob, as he prefers to be addressed formally, undertook postdoctoral studies at UCLA Medical School in flow cytometry and the diagnosis of forms of cancer, as well as the conservation genetics of fishes.  He has worked at the ROM since 1984.  Today his interests
concentrate on comparative genomics, genetic adaptation, conservation genetics, and the genealogical relationships of species, usually from amphibians and non-avian reptiles but also from insects, freshwater mussels, birds, fishes, mammals and even viruses.  He has collected
amphibians and reptiles in diverse foreign places such as Australia, Mexico, Russia, The Republic of Georgia, Armenia, China, and Vietnam, building up one of the world's largest collections of tissue samples for genetic research. Dr. Bob initiated the ROM’s involvement and commitment to working on the biodiversity crisis in Vietnam which has resulted in significant national and international exposure for the ROM, Ontario, and Canada alike including both printed and audio-visual
media features.

Dr. Bob has published about 200 academic papers and reports. He is the ROM's most productive researcher. Bob serves the co-coordinator for the amphibians in the Genome 10K project, as well as the co-coordinator for non-avian reptiles. He is also the coordinator for
the amphibians and reptiles in theInternational Barcode of Life initiative. Along with former graduate student Dr. L.A. Lowcock, he wrote and performed the world's first phylogenetic rock opera—ROMMY—in 1989 at the University of Michigan with a cameo performance in
Toronto. Although largely rewritten, this novel endeavour was repeated 10 years later in Guelph, Ontario. He is committed to the ROM’s display of living organisms discovered by ROM researchers, and to their conservation through research, education and captive



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 Dr Robert Browne

Dr. Robert Browne Chairperson

Dr. Browne established the Internet based ARC in 2011 and expanded it globally in 2013. Robert is committed to achieving the ARC's goal to provide for the sustainable management of amphibians and reptiles. He has a wide international experience in herpetological conservation and has published over 40 scientific articles on amphibian and reptile conservation. see Biography