Jeffery A. Wilkinson

  • Research Biologist
  • PhD

My research focuses on the taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics of Asian treefrogs in the family Rhacophoridae. Presently I am conducting field work in Myanmar and southwest China, from which I have been able to discover several new species of frogs.

Name: Ding-Qi Rao

Affiliation: Kunming Institute of Zoology

 

Name: Ming-Wang Zhang

Affiliation: Kunming Institute of Zoology

 

Name: Jennifer A. Dever

Affiliation: University of San Francisco

 

Name: Guinevere O. U. Wogan

Affiliation: University of California at Berkeley

JEFFERY A. WILKINSON

   

EDUCATION:

 

1985 Brigham Young University, B.S., Zoology, minor, Japanese
1989

Brigham Young University, M.S., Zoology, Jack W. Sites, Jr., major advisor

1988-1990 Louisiana State University, Ph.D. student, Biology, David C. Cannatella, major advisor
1990-1993 Kyoto University, Graduate research student, Masafumi Matsui, sponsoring professor
1997

Texas Tech University, Ph.D., Zoology, Llewellyn D. Densmore, major advisor

   

WORK EXPERIENCE:

 
2008-present

Research Biologist, Myanmar Herpetological Survey, California Academy of Sciences

2002-2008 Project Coordinator/Lead Herpetologist, Gaoligongshan Biodiversity Survey, California Academy of Sciences
1999-present Research Associate, Department of Herpetology, California Academy of Sciences
2000-2006 Senior Herpetologist, H. T. Harvey & Associates
1999 Lecturer, Herpetology, San Francisco State University
1997-98

Tilton Postdoctoral Fellow, California Academy of Sciences

1993-97 Teaching Assistant, laboratory courses for human anatomy and physiology, vertebrate structure and function, Texas Tech University
1990-91 Teaching Assistant, laboratory courses for introductory biology and comparative vertebrate anatomy, Louisiana State University
1990-91

Curatorial Assistant, Herpetology collection, Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science

1985-89 Teaching Assistant, laboratory courses of elementary biology, human anatomy, invertebrate vertebrate zoology, natural history, herpetology, and evolutionary genetics, Brigham Young University
1987

Research Assistant, Utah Natural History Museum, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

   

PAPERS PRESENTED AT MEETINGS:

 
  Distribution and genetic variation in venom A and B populations of the Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus).  Utah Academy of Science and Letters, Dixie College, 1987.
   
  • Geographic variation in a Japanese tree frog (Rhacophorus arboreus) revealed through restriction fragment length polymorphism of mtDNA.  Herpetological Society of Japan, Kyoto University, 1992.
   
  • Phylogeny and historical biogeography of some East Asian tree frogs of the family Rhacophoridae.  Second World Congress of Herpetology, Adelaide Australia, 1993.
   
  • Historical biogeography of rhacophorid frogs of Japan, the Ryukyu Archipelago, and Taiwan inferred from a phylogenetic perspective.  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 77th Annual Meeting, Seattle Washington, 1997.
   
  • Monophyly of the genus Buergeria deduced by a phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA.  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 80th Annual Meeting, La Paz, Mexico, 2000.
   
  • Dublin Ranch amphibian translocation experience: surprises, challenges and successes, Annual Conference of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, Sacramento, California, 2005.
   
  • Aquatic conservation priorities in the Gaoligongshan of western Yunnan, China, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 87th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, 2007.
   
GRANTS AND AWARDS:  
 
  • Research grant from the Associated Students of Brigham Young University (1986).
 
  • Two year Graduate Research Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (1990-1992).
 
  • National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration #4505-91:  To study the historical biogeography of the herpetofauna of the Japan Archipelago (1991). Grant amount $23,650.
 
  • National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant #DEB-9520947, Title: Historical Biogeography of Rhacophorid frogs of the Japan and Ryukyu Archipelago Inferred from a Phylogenetic Perspective (1994). Grant amount $7,200.
 
  • Summer research grant from the Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University (1995).
 
  • One year Tilton Postdoctoral Fellowship, California Academy of Sciences:  To study the phylogenetic systematics of the genera within the family Rhacophoridae (1997-1998).
 
  • National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration #7340-02:  Biotic Survey of the Gaoligongshan, a Biodiversity Hotspot in China (2002). Grant amount $35,000.
 
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation #-5-82795-000-GSS: In support of undertaking biodiversity surveys of the Gaoligong Mountain Range (2005). Grant amount $225,000.
 
  • Harry Hagey Venture Research Fund, California Academy of Sciences: Support of the Myanmar Herpetological Survey (2008). Grant amount $48,499.
 
  • Lindsay Fund, California Academy of Sciences: Support of the biodiversity inventory of the Irrawaddy drainage, Myanmar (2009). Grant Amount $8,931.
   

PROPOSALS SUBMITTED

 
 
  • National Science Foundation Grant for Biotic Surveys and Inventory:  Down the Elephant River: a biodiversity survey of the Irrawaddy, a mega-diverse but poorly known watershed (submitted July 2007). Grant amount $1,660,362
   

FIELD EXPERIENCE:

Own Research:

 
 
  • Sonoran Desert, Arizona: Summers of 1986, 1987, to collect specimens of Crotalus s. scutulatus.
 
  • Japan (Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku): Spring and Summers of 1989-1992, to collect reptile and amphibian specimens.
 
  • Taiwan: Summer of 1990: To collect reptile and amphibian specimens.
 
  • Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan: Winter of 1991, to collect reptile and amphibian specimens.
 
  • Yunnan Province, China: Twice a year from 2002 to 2007, to survey the Gaoligongshan region for reptiles and amphibians.
 
  • Myanmar: Spring of 2003, Winter and Summer of 2008, to survey for reptiles and amphibians.
   

OTHER:

 
 
  • Field assistant for the National Parks Services.  Duties: to perform an assessment of the numbers and types of species of reptiles and amphibians within the Jean LaFitte National Historical Monument, LA (1989-1990).
 
  • Field assistant for the Ministry of Construction, Mie Pref., Japan.  Duties: to perform mark and release and radiotelemetry research on the protected Japanese Giant Salamander in the Taki River system (1991-1992).
 
  • Field assistant for Kansai Electric, Kyoto Pref., Japan.  Duties: to perform an environmental impact assessment of the Maizuru Power Station on the vertebrate fauna, especially the amphibian fauna of the area (1992-1993).
 
  • Field assistant for the California Academy of Sciences.  Duties: to perform an assessment of the numbers and types of species of reptiles and amphibians within the San Francisco Water Shed, San Mateo Co., CA (1997).
 
  • Field assistant for the California Academy of Sciences/National Forest Service.  Duties: to survey for reptiles and amphibians within the Plumas, Sierra, and Tahoe National Forests, CA (1998-1999).
 
  • Staff Herpetologist for H. T. Harvey & Associates.  Duties: to survey for Federal and State listed threatened and endangered reptiles and amphibians in California (2000-2006).
   

LABORATORY EXPERIENCE:

 
 
  • Starch gel electrophoresis of tissue from fishes of the Gila complex (1987).
 
  • Starch gel electrophoresis of blood and tissue from rattlesnakes of the genus Crotalus (1987-1989).
 
  • Isoelectric focusing, protease activity assay, and immuno-assay of venom from rattlesnakes of the genus Crotalus (1987-1989).
 
  • Starch gel electrophoresis of tissue from ranid frogs (1990).
 
  • Extraction, PCR amplification, restriction site analysis of rhacophorid frog DNA (1992-1994).
 
  • Extraction, PCR amplification, cloning, and sequencing (manual and automated) of frog DNA (1994-present).
   

RESEARCH SKILLS

 
 

Starch gel protein electrophoresis, isoelectric focusing, protease activity assay, immuno-diffusion assay, DNA extraction, PCR amplification, restriction site analysis, DNA cloning, DNA sequencing (manual radioactive methods as well as automated fluorescent methods), reverse transcription, RT-PCR, analysis/alignment and annotation/editing of fluorescent sequence data, phylogenetic analyses, statistical analyses, electron microscopy (TEM and SEM).

   

PEER REVIEWER FOR

 
 

Amphibia-Reptilia, Copeia, Herpetologica, Herpetological Monographs, Herpetological Notes, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

   

Journal Articles

Rosenfeld, M.J. and J.A. Wilkinson.  1989.  Biochemical genetics of the Colorado River Gila complex (Pisces: Cyprinidae). Southwestern Naturalist 34: 232-244.

Wilkinson, J.A., J.L. Glenn, R.C. Straight, and J.W. Sites Jr.  1991.  Distribution and genetic variation in venom A and B populations of the Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus). Herpetologica 47: 54-68.

Matsui, M. and J.A. Wilkinson.  1992.  Phylogenetic position of Rana rugosa among some common Japanese frogs. Journal of Herpetology 26:9-16.

Wilkinson, J.A., M. Matsui, and T. Terachi.  1996.  Geographic variation in a Japanese tree frog (Rhacophorus arboreus) revealed by PCR aided restriction site analysis of mtDNA. Journal of Herpetology 30:418-423.

Wilkinson, J.A., R.C. Drewes.  2000.  Character assessment, genus level boundaries, and phylogenetic analyses of the family Rhacophoridae: A review and present day status. Contemporary Herpetology 2000 (2), http://www.cnah.org/ch.

Wilkinson, J.A., R.C. Drewes, and O.L. Tatum.  2002.  A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the family Rhacophoridae with an emphasis on the Asian and African genera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 24:265-273.

Wilkinson, J.A., Htun Win, Thin Thin, Kyi Soe Lwin, Awan Khwi Shein, Hla Tun.  2003.  A new species of Chirixalus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from western Myanmar (Burma). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, ser. 4, 54:17-26.

Drewes, R.C. and J.A. Wilkinson.  2004.  The California Academy of Sciences Gulf of Guinea expedition (2001) I. The taxonomic status of the genus Nesionixalus Perret, 1976 (Anura: Hyperoliidae), treefrogs of São Tomé and Príncipe, with comments on the genus Hyperolius. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 55:395-407.

Wilkinson, J.A. and D.-Q. Rao.  2004.  Taxonomic status of Rhacophorus taronensis Smith, 1940. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, ser. 4, 55:451-457.

Wilkinson, J.A., Thin Thin, Kyi Soe Lwin, and Awan Khwi Shein.  2005.  A new species of Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Myanmar. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, ser. 4, 56:42-52.

Rao, D.-Q., J.A. Wilkinson, and M.-W. Zhang.  2006.  A new species of the genus Vibrissaphora (Anura: Megophryidae) from Yunnan Province, China. Herpetologica 62:90-95.

Rao, D.-Q., J.A. Wilkinson, and H.-N. Liu.  2006.  A new species of Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Guangxi Province, China. Zootaxa 1258:17-31.

Rao, D.-Q. and J.A. Wilkinson.  2007.  A new species of Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from southwest China. Copeia 2007:913-919.

Rao, D.-Q. and J.A. Wilkinson.  2008.  Phylogenetic relationships of the mustache toads inferred from mtDNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46:61-73.

Wogan, G.O.U., J.V. Vindum, J.A. Wilkinson, M.S. Koo, J.B. Slowinski, Htun Win, Thin Thin, Sai Wunna Kyi, San Lwin Oo, Kyi Soe Lwin, and Awan Khwi Shein.  2008.  New country records and range extensions for Myanmar amphibians and reptiles. Hamadryad 33:83-96.

Zhang, M., D. Rao, J. Yang, G. Yu, J. A. Wilkinson.  2009.  Molecular phylogeography and population structure of a mid-elevation montane frog Leptobrachium ailaonicum in a fragmented habitat of southwest China. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54:47-58.

 

NOTES

Feldman, C.R. and J.A. Wilkinson.  2000. Rana muscosa (mountain yellow-legged frog) predation. Herpetological Review 31:102.

Feldman, C.R. and J.A. Wilkinson.  2000. Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi (valley garter snake) diet. Herpetological Review 31:248.

Wogan, G.O.U., J.A. Wilkinson, Htun Win, Thin Thin, Kyi Soe Lwin, Awan Khwi Shein, and Hla Tun.  2004. Amolops viridimaculatus (Dahaoping sucker frog) arboreal activity. Herpetological Review 35:369.

Wilkinson, J.A.  2006.  Rana aurora draytonii (California red-legged frog) defensive behavior. Herpetological Review 37:207-208.

 

BOOK CHAPTER

Wilkinson, J.A.  2003.  Asian treefrogs (Rhacophoridae). In: M. Hutchins, W. E. Duellman, and N. Schlager (eds.) Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition. Voume 6, Amphibians. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group.

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  • Jeffery A. Wilkinson
  • Research Biologist
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • 55 Music Concourse Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118