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David Cannatella

Department Chair, Integrative Biology, Professor
College of Natural Sciences, Department of Integrative Biology

Systematics, phylogenomics, evolution of amphibians and reptiles


Phone: 512-453-1620

Office Location
PAT 121A

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. My Master's and PhD degrees are from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and I was advised by William E Duellman and Linda Trueb.

Following graduate school I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, under the mentorship of David Wake and Marvalee Wake.

My first faculty position was at Louisana State University in the Museum of Natural Sciences, where I was also the Curator of Amphibians. Following this I moved to the University of Texas in 1990, first as a research Curator and then later as tenured faculty.

Students and postdoctoral researchers in my lab investigate evolutionary patterns and processes in selected branches of the Tree of Life. Some areas of interest are

  • Phylogenetics and systematics
  • Phylogenomics of amphibians
  • Biodiversity and natural history of Neotropical frogs
  • Signal evolution in mating calls
  • Behavioral ecology of poison frogs
  • Bioinformatics

For more information, see the Cannatella Lab site at cannatellalab.org.

I am also the Associate Director of the UT Biodiversity Center.