Robert Page, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2009 University of Kentucky
M.S. 2003 University of Louisianan at Lafayette
B.S. 2001 Piedmont College
Robert B. Page has diverse training in the life sciences and conducts research that draws from the fields of genetics, genomics, evolution, ecology and developmental biology to answer basic and applied questions in vertebrate zoology. Topics of special interest to the Page Lab include the use of population genetic approaches to understand how habitat fragmentation and landscape features influence gene flow, how ecological variables influence growth and developmental timing, and the application of computationally intensive statistical and bioinformatic techniques to problems in ecology, evolution, and conservation. At present, research effort in the Page Lab is primarily focused on (1) the conservation and population genetics of woodland salamanders in the Eastern and Midwestern US and (2) the ecological and genetic monitoring of anuran populations in the Texas Hill Country.
In collaboration with researchers at John Carroll University and the University of New Mexico, the Page Lab is using population genetic approaches to investigate how urbanization in the Cleveland, Ohio area affects gene flow in the Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus). In addition, the Page Lab is engaged in collaborative efforts with colleagues at John Carroll University and Ohio University aimed at investigating the roles of gene flow and drift in the maintenance of a common color polymorphism observed in many P. cinereus populations. As a final note on woodland salamanders, the Robert is also collaborating with researchers at Washington & Lee University to examine whether hybridization between P. cinereus and the severely range-restricted Peaks of Otter Salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) is taking place. This project will also use approximate Bayesian computation to gain insight into the demographic and evolutionary history of P. hubrichti.
In addition to the salamander work that is ongoing in the Page Lab, Robert is also funded to monitor the Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) population that is present on the C.L. Browning Ranch near Johnson City, Texas. The Page Lab has already identified several ephemeral and permanent breeding pools on the ranch, and we are collecting ecological developmental biology data on how rates of growth and development correlate with aquatic habitat characteristics and ecological variables associated with the surrounding terrestrial environment. This funding will also support a RADseq experiment on the ranch’s R. berlandieri population, and we anticipate using this dataset to examine the demographic history of this population as well as fine-scale patterns of gene flow.
- Evolutionary Biology