Dr Jeff Streicher

Dr Jeffrey Streicher

Curator - Amphibians

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
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Phone: 020 7942 5690
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Vertebrates, Amphibians

Jeffrey Streicher

Specialisms

Biogeography, Genomics, Herpetology, Molecular Evolution, Phylogenetics, Systematics

Summary

Recent global declines have made amphibians a focal point for conservation biology. However, despite nearly 7,400 described species, many groups remain poorly understood in terms of phylogenetics, ecology, distribution, and extinction risk. I curate the amphibian collections of the Natural History Museum. These collections are used by an international research community to understand the historical drivers of biodiversity and causes of current declines. My research explores amphibian diversification and speciation via analyses of high-throughput DNA sequences, morphology, and spatial data.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of Texas at Arlington, United States, 2007 - 2012

MS, George Mason University, United States, 2004 - 2007

BA, George Mason University, United States, 1999 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Curator, Amphibians, The Natural History Museum, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, United States, 2013 - 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Biology, United States, 2012 - 2013

Highlighted publications

Streicher JW, Mcentee JP, Drzich LC, Card DC, Schield DR, et al. (2016) Genetic surfing, not allopatric divergence, explains spatial sorting of mitochondrial haplotypes in venomous coralsnakes. Evolution, 70 (7) : 1435 - 1449. doi: 10.1111/evo.12967

Streicher JW, Schulte JA, Wiens JJ (2016) How Should Genes and Taxa be Sampled for Phylogenomic Analyses with Missing Data? An Empirical Study in Iguanian Lizards. Systematic Biology, 65 (1) : 128 - 145. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv058

Streicher JW, Devitt TJ, Goldberg CS, Malone JH, Blackmon H, et al. (2014) Diversification and asymmetrical gene flow across time and space: lineage sorting and hybridization in polytypic barking frogs. Molecular Ecology, 23 (13) : 3273 - 3291. doi: 10.1111/mec.12814

Streicher JW, García-vázquez UO, Ponce-campos P, Flores-villela O, Campbell JA, et al. (2014) Evolutionary relationships amongst polymorphic direct-developing frogs in the Craugastor rhodopis Species Group (Anura: Craugastoridae). Systematics and Biodiversity, 12 (1) : 1 - 22. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2014.882428

Streicher JW, Hamidy A, Harvey MB, Anders B, Shaney KJ, et al. (2014) Mitochondrial DNA reveals a new species of parachuting frog (Rhacophoridae: Rhacophorus) from Sumatra.. Zootaxa, 3878 (4) : 351 - 365. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3878.4.2

Publications

Mendelson JR, Barclay MVL, Geiser M, Streicher JW (2016) The Taxonomic Status of Bufo intermedius Günther, 1858: Forensic Entomology Confirms What Was Long Suspected from Morphology. Copeia, 104 (3) : 697 - 701. doi: 10.1643/CH-16-422

Streicher JW, Mcentee JP, Drzich LC, Card DC, Schield DR, Smart U, Parkinson CL, Jezkova T, Smith EN, Castoe TA (2016) Genetic surfing, not allopatric divergence, explains spatial sorting of mitochondrial haplotypes in venomous coralsnakes. Evolution, 70 (7) : 1435 - 1449. doi: 10.1111/evo.12967

Hartigan A, Wilkinson M, Gower DJ, Streicher JW, Holzer AS, Okamura B (2016) Myxozoan infections of caecilians demonstrate broad host specificity and indicate a link with human activity. International Journal for Parasitology, 46 (5-6) : 375 - 381. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.02.001

Streicher JW, Wiens JJ (2016) Phylogenomic analyses reveal novel relationships among snake families. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 100 : 160 - 169. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.015

Streicher JW, Schulte JA, Wiens JJ (2016) How Should Genes and Taxa be Sampled for Phylogenomic Analyses with Missing Data? An Empirical Study in Iguanian Lizards. Systematic Biology, 65 (1) : 128 - 145. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv058

Castoe TA, Poole AW, De KoningAPJ, Jones KL, Tomback DF, Oyler-mccance SJ, Fike JA, Lance SL, Streicher JW, Smith EN, Pollock DD (2015) Correction: Rapid Microsatellite Identification from Illumina Paired-End Genomic Sequencing in Two Birds and a Snake. PLOS ONE, 10 (8) : e0136465 - e0136465. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136465

Moseley MA, Cox CL, Streicher JW, Roelke CE, Chippindale PT (2015) Phylogeography and lineage-specific patterns of genetic diversity and molecular evolution in a group of North American skinks. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, n/a - n/a. doi: 10.1111/bij.12626

Meik JM, Streicher JW, Lawing AM, Flores-villela O, Fujita MK (2015) Limitations of Climatic Data for Inferring Species Boundaries: Insights from Speckled Rattlesnakes. PLOS ONE, 10 (6) : e0131435 - e0131435. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131435

Campbell JA, Streicher JW, Cox CL, Brodie ED (2014) A New Salamander of the Genus Chiropterotriton (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from the Sierra Madre Oriental of Tamaulipas, Mexico. South American Journal of Herpetology, 9 (3) : 228 - 234. doi: 10.2994/SAJH-D-14-00042.1

Streicher JW, Devitt TJ, Goldberg CS, Malone JH, Blackmon H, Fujita MK (2014) Diversification and asymmetrical gene flow across time and space: lineage sorting and hybridization in polytypic barking frogs. Molecular Ecology, 23 (13) : 3273 - 3291. doi: 10.1111/mec.12814

Streicher JW, Fujita MK (2014) Observations on the captive maintenance and reproduction of the Balcones Barking Frog, Craugastor augusti latrans. Herpetological Review, 45 : 49 - 51.

Streicher JW, García-vázquez UO, Ponce-campos P, Flores-villela O, Campbell JA, Smith EN (2014) Evolutionary relationships amongst polymorphic direct-developing frogs in the Craugastor rhodopis Species Group (Anura: Craugastoridae). Systematics and Biodiversity, 12 (1) : 1 - 22. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2014.882428

Streicher JW, Hamidy A, Harvey MB, Anders B, Shaney KJ, Kurniawan N, Smith RN (2014) Mitochondrial DNA reveals a new species of parachuting frog (Rhacophoridae: Rhacophorus) from Sumatra.. Zootaxa, 3878 (4) : 351 - 365. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3878.4.2

Streicher JW, Ng DJJ, Bickford DP (2014) Extracting and amplifying DNA from skin swabs of a forest dwelling tree frog species (Nyctixalus pictus). Herpetological Review, 45 : 421 - 424.

Streicher JW, Reyes-velasco J, Cox CL, Campbell JA, Flores-villela O (2014) Additional distributional records of a recently described Mexican toad species, Incilius mccoyi (Anura: Bufonidae). Herpetology Notes, 7 : 207 - 210.

Streicher JW, Harvey MB, Sheehy CM, Anders B, Smith EN (2012) Identification and Description of the Tadpole of the Parachuting Frog Rhacophorus catamitus from Southern Sumatra, Indonesia. Journal of Herpetology, 46 (4) : 503 - 506. doi: 10.1670/11-086

Castoe TA, Streicher JW, Meik JM, Ingrasci MJ, Poole AW, De KoningAPJ, Campbell JA, Parkinson CL, Smith EN, Pollock DD (2012) Thousands of microsatellite loci from the venomous coralsnake Micrurus fulvius and variability of select loci across populations and related species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12 (6) : 1105 - 1113. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12000

Castoe TA, Braun EL, Bronikowski AM, Cox CL, Rabosky ARD, Jason deKoningAP, Dobry J, Fujita MK, Giorgianni MW, Hargreaves A, Henkel CV, Mackessy SP, O’meally D, Rokyta DR, Secor SM, Streicher JW, Wray KP, Yokoyama KD, Pollock DD (2012) Report from the First Snake Genomics and Integrative Biology Meeting. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 7 (1) : 150 - 152. doi: 10.4056/sigs.3106480

Streicher JW, Cox CL, Campbell JA, Smith EN, De SáRO (2012) Rapid range expansion in the Great Plains narrow-mouthed toad (Gastrophryne olivacea) and a revised taxonomy for North American microhylids. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 64 (3) : 645 - 653. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.05.020

Streicher JW, Iii CMS, Flores-villela O, Campbell JA (2012) Morphological Variation in a Polychromatic Population of Chiricahua Leopard Frogs ( Lithobates chiricahuensis ) from Durango, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology, 46 (3) : 387 - 392. doi: 10.1670/11-120

Cox CL, Streicher JW, Sheehy CM, Campbell JA, Chippindale PT (2012) Patterns of Genetic Differentiation Among Populations of Smilisca fodiens. Herpetologica, 68 (2) : 226 - 235. doi: 10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-11-00064.1

Streicher JW, Cox CL, Birchard GF (2012) Non-linear scaling of oxygen consumption and heart rate in a very large cockroach species (Gromphadorhina portentosa): correlated changes with body size and temperature. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215 (7) : 1137 - 1143. doi: 10.1242/jeb.061143

Castoe TA, Poole AW, De KoningAPJ, Jones KL, Tomback DF, Oyler-mccance SJ, Fike JA, Lance SL, Streicher JW, Smith EN, Pollock DD (2012) Rapid Microsatellite Identification from Illumina Paired-End Genomic Sequencing in Two Birds and a Snake. PLoS ONE, 7 (2) : e30953 - e30953. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030953

De SáRO, Streicher JW, Sekonyela R, Forlani MC, Loader SP, Greenbaum E, Richards S, Haddad CFB (2012) Molecular phylogeny of microhylid frogs (Anura: Microhylidae) with emphasis on relationships among New World genera. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12 (1) : 241 - 241. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-241

Meik JM, Streicher JW, Mociño-deloya E, Setser K, Lazcano D (2012) Shallow phylogeographic structure in the declining Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake, Crotalus polystictus. Phyllomedusa, 11 : 3 - 12.

Streicher J, Campbell J, Meik J, Smith E (2011) Low levels of genetic diversity among morphologically distinct populations of an enigmatic montane frog from Mexico (Craugastor uno: Craugastoridae). Amphibia-Reptilia, 32 (1) : 125 - 131. doi: 10.1163/017353710X542976

Tupper TA, Streicher JW, Greenspan SE, Timm BC, Cook RP (2011) Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in anurans of Cape Cod National Seashore, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA. Herpetological Review, 42 : 62 - 65.

Campbell JA, Smith EN, Streicher J, Acevedo ME, Brodie ED (2010) New salamanders (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from Guatemala with miscellaneous notes on known species.. Miscellaneous Publications Museum of Zoology University of Michigan, 200 : 66.

Streicher JW, Crawford AJ, Edwards CW (2009) Multilocus molecular phylogenetic analysis of the montane Craugastor podiciferus species complex (Anura: Craugastoridae) in Isthmian Central America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 53 (3) : 620 - 630. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.07.011

Adamson EAS, Saha A, Maddock ST, Nussbaum RA, Gower DJ, Streicher JW (2016) Microsatellite discovery in an insular amphibian (Grandisonia alternans) with comments on cross-species utility and the accuracy of locus identification from unassembled Illumina data. Conservation Genetics Resources, 8 (4) : 541 - 551. doi: 10.1007/s12686-016-0580-5

Introduction

Summary

Recent global declines have made amphibians a focal point for conservation biology. However, despite nearly 7,400 described species, many groups remain poorly understood in terms of phylogenetics, ecology, distribution, and extinction risk. I curate the amphibian collections of the Natural History Museum. These collections are used by an international research community to understand the historical drivers of biodiversity and causes of current declines. My research explores amphibian diversification and speciation via analyses of high-throughput DNA sequences, morphology, and spatial data.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of Texas at Arlington, United States, 2007 - 2012

MS, George Mason University, United States, 2004 - 2007

BA, George Mason University, United States, 1999 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Curator, Amphibians, The Natural History Museum, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, United States, 2013 - 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Biology, United States, 2012 - 2013

Highlighted publications

Streicher JW, Mcentee JP, Drzich LC, Card DC, Schield DR, et al. (2016) Genetic surfing, not allopatric divergence, explains spatial sorting of mitochondrial haplotypes in venomous coralsnakes. Evolution, 70 (7) : 1435 - 1449. doi: 10.1111/evo.12967

Streicher JW, Schulte JA, Wiens JJ (2016) How Should Genes and Taxa be Sampled for Phylogenomic Analyses with Missing Data? An Empirical Study in Iguanian Lizards. Systematic Biology, 65 (1) : 128 - 145. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv058

Streicher JW, Devitt TJ, Goldberg CS, Malone JH, Blackmon H, et al. (2014) Diversification and asymmetrical gene flow across time and space: lineage sorting and hybridization in polytypic barking frogs. Molecular Ecology, 23 (13) : 3273 - 3291. doi: 10.1111/mec.12814

Streicher JW, García-vázquez UO, Ponce-campos P, Flores-villela O, Campbell JA, et al. (2014) Evolutionary relationships amongst polymorphic direct-developing frogs in the Craugastor rhodopis Species Group (Anura: Craugastoridae). Systematics and Biodiversity, 12 (1) : 1 - 22. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2014.882428

Streicher JW, Hamidy A, Harvey MB, Anders B, Shaney KJ, et al. (2014) Mitochondrial DNA reveals a new species of parachuting frog (Rhacophoridae: Rhacophorus) from Sumatra.. Zootaxa, 3878 (4) : 351 - 365. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3878.4.2

Publications

Publications

Mendelson JR, Barclay MVL, Geiser M, Streicher JW (2016) The Taxonomic Status of Bufo intermedius Günther, 1858: Forensic Entomology Confirms What Was Long Suspected from Morphology. Copeia, 104 (3) : 697 - 701. doi: 10.1643/CH-16-422

Streicher JW, Mcentee JP, Drzich LC, Card DC, Schield DR, Smart U, Parkinson CL, Jezkova T, Smith EN, Castoe TA (2016) Genetic surfing, not allopatric divergence, explains spatial sorting of mitochondrial haplotypes in venomous coralsnakes. Evolution, 70 (7) : 1435 - 1449. doi: 10.1111/evo.12967

Hartigan A, Wilkinson M, Gower DJ, Streicher JW, Holzer AS, Okamura B (2016) Myxozoan infections of caecilians demonstrate broad host specificity and indicate a link with human activity. International Journal for Parasitology, 46 (5-6) : 375 - 381. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.02.001

Streicher JW, Wiens JJ (2016) Phylogenomic analyses reveal novel relationships among snake families. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 100 : 160 - 169. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.015

Streicher JW, Schulte JA, Wiens JJ (2016) How Should Genes and Taxa be Sampled for Phylogenomic Analyses with Missing Data? An Empirical Study in Iguanian Lizards. Systematic Biology, 65 (1) : 128 - 145. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv058

Castoe TA, Poole AW, De KoningAPJ, Jones KL, Tomback DF, Oyler-mccance SJ, Fike JA, Lance SL, Streicher JW, Smith EN, Pollock DD (2015) Correction: Rapid Microsatellite Identification from Illumina Paired-End Genomic Sequencing in Two Birds and a Snake. PLOS ONE, 10 (8) : e0136465 - e0136465. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136465

Moseley MA, Cox CL, Streicher JW, Roelke CE, Chippindale PT (2015) Phylogeography and lineage-specific patterns of genetic diversity and molecular evolution in a group of North American skinks. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, n/a - n/a. doi: 10.1111/bij.12626

Meik JM, Streicher JW, Lawing AM, Flores-villela O, Fujita MK (2015) Limitations of Climatic Data for Inferring Species Boundaries: Insights from Speckled Rattlesnakes. PLOS ONE, 10 (6) : e0131435 - e0131435. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131435

Campbell JA, Streicher JW, Cox CL, Brodie ED (2014) A New Salamander of the Genus Chiropterotriton (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from the Sierra Madre Oriental of Tamaulipas, Mexico. South American Journal of Herpetology, 9 (3) : 228 - 234. doi: 10.2994/SAJH-D-14-00042.1

Streicher JW, Devitt TJ, Goldberg CS, Malone JH, Blackmon H, Fujita MK (2014) Diversification and asymmetrical gene flow across time and space: lineage sorting and hybridization in polytypic barking frogs. Molecular Ecology, 23 (13) : 3273 - 3291. doi: 10.1111/mec.12814

Streicher JW, Fujita MK (2014) Observations on the captive maintenance and reproduction of the Balcones Barking Frog, Craugastor augusti latrans. Herpetological Review, 45 : 49 - 51.

Streicher JW, García-vázquez UO, Ponce-campos P, Flores-villela O, Campbell JA, Smith EN (2014) Evolutionary relationships amongst polymorphic direct-developing frogs in the Craugastor rhodopis Species Group (Anura: Craugastoridae). Systematics and Biodiversity, 12 (1) : 1 - 22. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2014.882428

Streicher JW, Hamidy A, Harvey MB, Anders B, Shaney KJ, Kurniawan N, Smith RN (2014) Mitochondrial DNA reveals a new species of parachuting frog (Rhacophoridae: Rhacophorus) from Sumatra.. Zootaxa, 3878 (4) : 351 - 365. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3878.4.2

Streicher JW, Ng DJJ, Bickford DP (2014) Extracting and amplifying DNA from skin swabs of a forest dwelling tree frog species (Nyctixalus pictus). Herpetological Review, 45 : 421 - 424.

Streicher JW, Reyes-velasco J, Cox CL, Campbell JA, Flores-villela O (2014) Additional distributional records of a recently described Mexican toad species, Incilius mccoyi (Anura: Bufonidae). Herpetology Notes, 7 : 207 - 210.

Streicher JW, Harvey MB, Sheehy CM, Anders B, Smith EN (2012) Identification and Description of the Tadpole of the Parachuting Frog Rhacophorus catamitus from Southern Sumatra, Indonesia. Journal of Herpetology, 46 (4) : 503 - 506. doi: 10.1670/11-086

Castoe TA, Streicher JW, Meik JM, Ingrasci MJ, Poole AW, De KoningAPJ, Campbell JA, Parkinson CL, Smith EN, Pollock DD (2012) Thousands of microsatellite loci from the venomous coralsnake Micrurus fulvius and variability of select loci across populations and related species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12 (6) : 1105 - 1113. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12000

Castoe TA, Braun EL, Bronikowski AM, Cox CL, Rabosky ARD, Jason deKoningAP, Dobry J, Fujita MK, Giorgianni MW, Hargreaves A, Henkel CV, Mackessy SP, O’meally D, Rokyta DR, Secor SM, Streicher JW, Wray KP, Yokoyama KD, Pollock DD (2012) Report from the First Snake Genomics and Integrative Biology Meeting. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 7 (1) : 150 - 152. doi: 10.4056/sigs.3106480

Streicher JW, Cox CL, Campbell JA, Smith EN, De SáRO (2012) Rapid range expansion in the Great Plains narrow-mouthed toad (Gastrophryne olivacea) and a revised taxonomy for North American microhylids. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 64 (3) : 645 - 653. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.05.020

Streicher JW, Iii CMS, Flores-villela O, Campbell JA (2012) Morphological Variation in a Polychromatic Population of Chiricahua Leopard Frogs ( Lithobates chiricahuensis ) from Durango, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology, 46 (3) : 387 - 392. doi: 10.1670/11-120

Cox CL, Streicher JW, Sheehy CM, Campbell JA, Chippindale PT (2012) Patterns of Genetic Differentiation Among Populations of Smilisca fodiens. Herpetologica, 68 (2) : 226 - 235. doi: 10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-11-00064.1

Streicher JW, Cox CL, Birchard GF (2012) Non-linear scaling of oxygen consumption and heart rate in a very large cockroach species (Gromphadorhina portentosa): correlated changes with body size and temperature. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215 (7) : 1137 - 1143. doi: 10.1242/jeb.061143

Castoe TA, Poole AW, De KoningAPJ, Jones KL, Tomback DF, Oyler-mccance SJ, Fike JA, Lance SL, Streicher JW, Smith EN, Pollock DD (2012) Rapid Microsatellite Identification from Illumina Paired-End Genomic Sequencing in Two Birds and a Snake. PLoS ONE, 7 (2) : e30953 - e30953. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030953

De SáRO, Streicher JW, Sekonyela R, Forlani MC, Loader SP, Greenbaum E, Richards S, Haddad CFB (2012) Molecular phylogeny of microhylid frogs (Anura: Microhylidae) with emphasis on relationships among New World genera. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12 (1) : 241 - 241. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-241

Meik JM, Streicher JW, Mociño-deloya E, Setser K, Lazcano D (2012) Shallow phylogeographic structure in the declining Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake, Crotalus polystictus. Phyllomedusa, 11 : 3 - 12.

Streicher J, Campbell J, Meik J, Smith E (2011) Low levels of genetic diversity among morphologically distinct populations of an enigmatic montane frog from Mexico (Craugastor uno: Craugastoridae). Amphibia-Reptilia, 32 (1) : 125 - 131. doi: 10.1163/017353710X542976

Tupper TA, Streicher JW, Greenspan SE, Timm BC, Cook RP (2011) Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in anurans of Cape Cod National Seashore, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA. Herpetological Review, 42 : 62 - 65.

Campbell JA, Smith EN, Streicher J, Acevedo ME, Brodie ED (2010) New salamanders (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from Guatemala with miscellaneous notes on known species.. Miscellaneous Publications Museum of Zoology University of Michigan, 200 : 66.

Streicher JW, Crawford AJ, Edwards CW (2009) Multilocus molecular phylogenetic analysis of the montane Craugastor podiciferus species complex (Anura: Craugastoridae) in Isthmian Central America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 53 (3) : 620 - 630. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.07.011

Adamson EAS, Saha A, Maddock ST, Nussbaum RA, Gower DJ, Streicher JW (2016) Microsatellite discovery in an insular amphibian (Grandisonia alternans) with comments on cross-species utility and the accuracy of locus identification from unassembled Illumina data. Conservation Genetics Resources, 8 (4) : 541 - 551. doi: 10.1007/s12686-016-0580-5