Molecular evolutionary genetics,
amphibian natural history and evolution
Phone: (707) 826-3178
Office: Science B 336
- BS, Biology (Minors in Chemistry and Zoology) (2004) Oregon State University
- PhD, Zoology (2009) Oregon State University
Summary of research
My research mainly focuses on molecular evolution and evolutionary genetics in natural populations of amphibians.
I am especially interested in the evolution of rapidly evolving proteins. Two of the my recent projects include
analyzing protein pheromones used during salamander courtship and characterizing immune system proteins from
Central American frogs exposed to an emerging pathogen.
- Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M. and K.R. Zamudio. 2013. Novel locus-specific primers for major histocompatibility complex class II alleles from glass frogs developed via genome walking. Cons Genet Resources 5:109-111.
- Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., J.Q. Richmond, A.E. Savage, K.R. Lips, and K.R. Zamudio. 2012. Genetic diversity of MHC class I loci in six non-model frogs is shaped by positive selection and gene duplication. Heredity 109: 146-155.
- Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., S.K. Woodley, R.A. Watts, S.J. Arnold, and L.D. Houck. 2012. Expression of vomeronasal receptors and related signaling molecules in the nasal cavity of a caudate amphibian (Plethodon shermani). Chem Senses 37: 335-346.
- Sapp, J.R. and K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy. 2011. The circular tail-straddling walk of the clouded salamander, Aneides ferreus: a deviation from the highly conserved linear tail-straddling walk of the Plethodontidae. Amphibia-Reptilia 32: 235-243.
- Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., J.Q. Richmond, A.E. Savage and K.R. Zamudio. 2010. Selection, trans-species polymorphism and locus identification of major histocompatibility complex class IIB alleles of New World ranid frogs. Immunogenetics 62: 741-752.