Rafe Brown

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Curator-in-charge, Herpetology Division, KU Biodiversity Institute
785-864-3403
Dyche Hall

Dr. Rafe Brown is a herpetologist interested in understanding evolutionary processes of diversification in island archipelagos.

Using molecular markers in conjunction with statistical approaches to phylogeny estimation, I am interested in testing hypotheses regarding species boundaries, distributions, dispersal, isolation, and diversity. Questions of lineage diversification and species-specific responses to the geographic template are particularly attractive research topics for an empirical systematist working in island archipelagos. My fieldwork is based primarily in the archipelagos of the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands where I take a comparative, multi-taxon approach to biogeographical studies of land vertebrates. As a systematic herpetologist, I maintain a commitment to biodiversity studies, taxonomy, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles of Southeast Asia.

Selected Publications

  • Böhm, M. et al. 2013. "The conservation status of the world’s reptiles" Biological Conservation. 157. 372–385.
  • Brown, R. M. et al. 2013. "The amphibians and reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines, VIII: the herpetofauna of Cagayan and Isabela Provinces, northern Sierra Madre Mountain Range" Zookeys. 266. 1-120.
  • Siler, C. D., L. J. Welton, A. A. Rock, and R. M. Brown. 2013. "Population genetic structure and revised geographic range for the tridactyl skink (Brachymeles muntingkamay) from Luzon Island, Philippines" Herpetological Review. 44. 30-33.
  • Siler, C. S., C. H. Oliveros, A. Santannen, and R. M. Brown. 2013. "Multilocus phylogeny reveals unexpected patterns of regional and morphological diversification in Asian Wolf Snakes (genus Lycodon)" Zoologica Scripta.
  • Oaks, J. R., J. A. Sukumaran, J. A. Esselstyn, C. W. Linkem, C. D. Siler, M. T. Holder, and R. M. Brown. 2013. "Evidence for climate-driven diversification? A caution for interpreting ABC inferences of simultaneous historical events." Evolution. 67. 991–1010.
  • Welton, L. J., C. D. Siler, C. W. Linkem, A. C. Diesmos, M. L. L. Diesmos, E. Y. Sy, and R. M. Brown. 2013. "Dragons in our midst: phyloforensics of illegally traded Southeast Asian water monitor lizards" Biological Conservation. 159. 7-15.
  • Alcala, A. C., A. A. Bucol, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Vulnerability of Philippine amphibians to climate change" Philippine Journal of Science. 141. 77-87.
  • Brown, R. M., C. D. Siler, I. Das, and P. Y. Min. 2012. "Testing the phylogenetic affinities of Southeast Asia’s rarest geckos: flap-legged geckos (Luperosaurus), flying geckos (Ptychozoon) and their relationship to the pan-Asian genus Gekko" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 63. 915-921.
  • Linkem, C. W., R. M. Brown, C. D. Siler, B. J. Evans, C. C. Austin, D. T. Iskandar, A. C. Diesmos, J. Supriatna, N. Andayani, and J. A. McGuire. 2012. "Stochastic faunal exchanges drive diversification in widespread Wallacean and Pacific Island lizards (Squamata: Scincidae: Lamprolepis smaragdina)" Journal of Biogeography. 40. 507–520.
  • Siler, C. D., R. M. Jones, A. C. Diesmos, M. L. L. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Phylogeny-based species delimitation in Philippine slender skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) III: taxonomic revision of the Brachymeles gracilis complex, with description of three new species" Herpetological Monographs. 26. 135-172.
  • Brown, R. M., C. D. Siler, L. L. Grismer, I. Das, and J. A. McGuire. 2012. "Phylogeny and cryptic diversification in Southeast Asian flying geckos" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 65. 351-361.
  • Siler, C. D. and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Philippines Biodiversity Research Education and Outreach (PhilBREO) lifedesks" Encyclopedia of Life.
  • Brown, R. M. and B. L. Stuart. 2012. "Patterns of biodiversity discovery through time: an historical analysis of amphibian species discoveries in the Southeast Asian mainland and island archipelagos" Biotic Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia. edited by Gower, D. J., K. G. Johnson, J. E. Richardson, B. R. Rosen, L. Rüber, and S. T. Williams. 348-389.
  • Siler, C. D., C. H. Oliveros, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Geographic range notes on Brachymeles cebuensis and re-evaluation of its conservation status" Herpetological Review. 43. 305.
  • Welton, L. J., C. D. Siler, A. C. Diesmos, M. L. D. Diesmos, R. Lagat, R. Causaren, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Genetic identity, geographic range, and major distribution records for frugivorous monitor lizards of Luzon Island, Philippines" Herpetological Review. 43. 226-230.
  • Siler, C. D., J. R. Oaks, L. J. Welton, C. W. Linkem, J. C. Swab, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Did geckos ride the Palawan raft to the Philippines?" Journal of Biogeography. 39. 1217-1234.
  • Diesmos, M. L. D., A. C. Diesmos, C. D. Siler, V. T. Vredenburg, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Detecting the Distribution of the Chytrid Fungus in the Philippines" FrogLog. 104. 48-49.
  • Alcala, A. C., A. A. Bucol, E. L. Alcala, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Decreasing population size of the Philippine Limestone Frog, Platymantis insulatus" FrogLog. 104. 44-45.
  • Spinks, P. Q., R. C. Thomson, B. Hughes, B. Moxley, R. M. Brown, A. C. Diesmos, and H. B. Shaffer. 2012. "Cryptic variation and the tragedy of unrecognized taxa: the case of international trade in the spiny turtle Heosemys spinosa (Testudines: Geoemydidae)" Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 164. 811-824.
  • Brown, R. M.. 2012. "Biodiversity information products for Philippine conservation"
  • Siler, C. D., J. C. Swab, C. H. Oliveros, A. C. Diesmos, L. Averia, A. C. Alcala, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Amphibians and reptiles, Romblon Island Group, central Philippines: comprehensive herpetofaunal inventory" Check List. 8. 443-462.
  • Devan-Song, A. and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Amphibians and Reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines, VI: the Herpetofauna of the Subic Bay Area" Asian Herpetological Research. 2012. 1-20.
  • Brown, R. M., C. H. Oliveros, C. D. Siler, J. B. Fernandez, L. J. Welton, P. A. C. Buenavente, M. L. D. Diesmos, and A. C. Diesmos. 2012. "Amphibians and Reptiles of Luzon Island (Philippines), VII: Herpetofauna of Ilocos Norte Province, Northern Cordillera Mountain Range" Check List. 8. 469-490.
  • Brown, R. M., A. C. Diesmos, M. B. Sanguila, C. D. Siler, M. L. D. Diesmos, and A. C. Alcala. 2012. "Amphibian conservation in the Philippines" FrogLog. 104. 40-43.
  • Diesmos, A. C., J. R. Buskirk, S. Schoppe, M. L. L. Diesmos, E. Y. Sy, and R. M. Brown. 2012. "Siebenrockiella leytensis (Taylor 1920) – Palawan Forest Turtle, Philippine Forest Turtle" Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. edited by Rhodin, A. G. J., P. C. H. Pritchard, P. P. van Dijk, R. A. Saumure, K. A. Buhlmann, J. B. Iverson, and R. A. Mittermeier. 066.1–066.9.
 
  • Oliveros, C. H., H. Ota, R. I. Crombie, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "The Herpetofauna of the Babuyan group of islands, northern Philippines" Scientific Publications of the Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas. 43. 1-20.
  • Esselstyn, J. A., S. P. Maher, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Species interactions during diversification and community assembly in an island radiation of shrews" PLoS ONE. 6. e21885 1–13.
  • Siler, C. D., R. I. Crombie, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Redescription of two poorly known loam-swimming skinks, Brachymeles bicolor and Brachymeles pathfinderi (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from the Philippines" Journal of Herpetology. 43. 355-369.
  • Siler, C. D., R. M. Jones, L. J. Welton, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Redescription of tetradactyl, Philippine slender skinks (genus Brachymeles)" Herpetologica. 67. 300-317.
  • Swei, A. et al. 2011. "Prevalence and distribution of chytridiomycosis throughout Asia" FrogLog. 98. 33-34.
  • Sanguila, M. B., C. D. Siler, A. C. Diesmos, O. Nuñeza, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Phylogeography and conservation implications of geographic structure of genetic variation and potential species boundaries in Philippine slender toads" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 61. 333-350.
  • Siler, C. D., A. M. Fuitan, R. M. Jones, A. C. Alcala, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Phylogeny-based species delimitation in Philippine slender skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) II: taxonomic revision of Brachymeles samarensis and description of five new species" Herpetological Monographs. 25. 76-112.
  • Siler, C. D., A. C. Diesmos, A. C. Alcala, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Phylogeny of Philippine slender skinks (Scincidae: Brachymeles) reveals underestimated species diversity, complex biogeographical relationships, and cryptic patterns of lineage diversification" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 59. 53-65.
  • Hertwig, S. T., I. Das, M. Schweizer, R. M. Brown, and A. Haas. 2011. "Phylogenetic relationships of the Rhacophorus everetti-group and implications for the evolution of reproductive modes in Philautus (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae)" Zoologica Scripta. 41. 29-46.
  • Arifin, U., D. T. Iskandar, D. P. Bickford, R. M. Brown, R. Meier, and S. N. Kutti. 2011. "Phylogenetic relationship within the genus Staurois (Amphibia, Ranidae) based on 16S rRNA sequences" Zootaxa. 2733. 39-52.
  • Fuiten, A., A. C. Diesmos, L. J. Welton, A. Barley, B. Oberheide, E. L. B. Rico, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "New species of stream frog from the mountains of Luzon Island, Philippines" Herpetologica. 67. 89-103.
  • Linkem, C. W., A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Molecular systematics of the Philippine forest skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae: Sphenomorphus): testing morphological and biogeographic hypotheses of interspecific relationships" Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 163. 1217-1243.
  • Swei, A. et al. 2011. "Is chytridiomycosis an emerging disease in Asia?" PLoS ONE. 6. e23179.
  • Siler, C. D. and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Evidence for repeated acquisition and loss of complex body form characters in an insular clade of Southeast Asian semi-fossorial skinks" Evolution. 65. 2641–2663.
 
  • Siler, C. D., L. J. Welton, J. M. Siler, J. H. Brown, A. A. Bucol, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Amphibians and Reptiles, Luzon Island, Aurora Province and Aurora Memorial National Park, Northern Philippines: New island distribution records" Check List. 7. 182-195.
  • McLeod, D. S. et al. 2011. "Amphibians and Reptiles of Luzon Island, V: the herpetofauna of Angat Dam Watershed, Bulacan Province, Luzon Island, Philippines" Asian Herpetological Research. 2011. 177-198.
  • Setiadi, M. I., J. A. McGuire, R. M. Brown, M. Zubairi, D. T. Iskandar, N. Andayani, J. Supriatna, and B. J. Evans. 2011. "Adaptive radiation and ecological opportunity in Sulawesi and Philippine fanged frog (Limnonectes) communities" American Naturalist. 178. 221-240.
  • Brown, R. M., A. C. Diesmos, and C. H. Oliveros. 2011. "A new flap-legged forest gecko (Genus Luperosaurus) from the northeastern Philippines" Journal of Herpetology. 45. 202-210.
  • Brown, R. M., C. D. Siler, C. H. Oliveros, A. C. Diesmos, and A. C. Alcala. 2011. "A new Gekko from Sibuyan Island, central Philippines" Herpetologica. 67. 460-476.
  • Tkach, V. V., Y. Kuzmin, and R. M. Brown. 2011. "Rhabdias mcguirei sp. nov. (Nematoda: Rhabdiasidae) from the flying lizard, Draco spilopterus, (Squamata: Agamidae) of the northern Philippines" Acta Parasitologica. 56. 406-4111.
  • Siler, C. D., L. J. Welton, R. M. Brown, C. R. Infante, and A. C. Diesmos. 2011. "Ophiophagus hannah (King Cobra). Diet" Herpetological Review. 42. 297.
  • Phenix, E., J. W. Phenix, C. D. Siler, R. M. Brown, and A. C. Diesmos. 2011. "Hologerrhum philipinum—reproductive mode" Herpetological Review. 43. 614.
  • Brown, R. M., C. W. Linkem, D. S. Balete, M. V. Duya, A. C. Diesmos, and J. W. Ferner. 2010. "Species boundaries in Philippine montane forest skinks (Genus Sphenomorphus): three new species from the mountains of Luzon and clarification of the status of the poorly known S. beyeri, S. knollmanae, and S. laterimaculatus" Scientific Papers of the Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas. 42. 1-27.
  • Linkem, C. A., K. Hesed, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Species boundaries and cryptic lineage diversity in a Philippine forest skink complex (Reptilia; Squamata; Scincidae: Lygosominae)" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 56. 572–585.
  • Holder, M. T., J. A. Sukumaran, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Recent developments in Bayesian phylogenetics" Bayesian Modeling in Bioinformatics. edited by Dey, D. K., S. Ghosh, and B. K. Mallick. 193–232.
  • Brown, R. M. et al. 2010. "Phylogeography and historical demography of Polypedates leucomystax in the islands of Indonesia and the Philippines: evidence for recent human-mediated range expansion?" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 57. 598-619.
  • Welton, L. J., C. D. Siler, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Phylogeny-based species delimitation of southern Philippine bent-toed geckos and a new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from western Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago" Zootaxa. 2390. 49-68.
  • Siler, C. D. and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Phylogeny-based species delimitation in Philippine slender skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Brachymeles): taxonomic revision of the pentadactyl species groups and description of three new species" Herpetological Monographs. 24. 1-54.
  • Siler, C. D., J. R. Oaks, J. A. Esselstyn, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Phylogeny and biogeography of Philippine bent-toed geckos (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) contradict a prevailing model of Pleistocene diversification" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 55. 699-710.
  • Welton, L. J., C. D. Siler, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Philippine bent-toed geckos of the Cyrtodactylus agusanensis complex: multilocus phylogeny, morphological diversity, and description of three new species" Herpetological Monographs. 24. 55-85.
  • Bauer, A. M. et al. 2010. "On the availability of new Bayesian-delimited gecko names and the importance of character based definitions of species" Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 278. 490-492.
  • Esselstyn, J. A., C. H. Oliveros, R. G. Moyle, A. T. Peterson, J. A. McGuire, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Integrating phylogenetic and taxonomic evidence illuminates complex biogegraphic patterns along Huxley’s modification of Wallace’s Line" Journal of Biogeography. 37. 2054–2066.
  • Rowley, J. J. L. et al. 2010. "Impending conservation crisis for Southeast Asian amphibians" Biology Letters. 6. 336–338.
  • Holder, M. T., J. A. Sukumaran, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "Bayesian Approaches to Phylogenetic Analysis" Bayesian Modeling in Bioinformatics. edited by Dey, D. K., S. Ghosh, and B. K. Mallick. 1-39.
  • Blackburn, D. C., D. P. Bickford, A. C. Diesmos, D. T. Iskandar, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "An ancient origin for the enigmatic Flat-Headed Frogs (Bombinatoridae: Barbourula) from the islands of Southeast Asia" PLoS ONE. 5(8). e12090.
  • Welton, L. J., C. D. Siler, D. Bennet, A. C. Diesmos, M. R. Duya, R. Dugay, E. L. B. Rico, M. van Weerd, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "A spectacular new Philippine monitor lizard reveals a hidden biogeographic boundary and a novel flagship species for conservation" Biology Letters. 6. 654–658.
  • Siler, C. D., A. C. Diesmos, C. W. Linkem, M. L. L. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "A new species of limestone-forest frog, genus Platymantis (Amphibia: Anura: Ceratobatrachidae) from central Luzon Island, Philippines" Zootaxa. 2482. 49-63.
  • Linkem, C. W., C. D. Siler, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "A new species of Gekko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Luzon Island, Philippines" Zootaxa. 2396. 37-94.
  • Linkem, C. A., A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "A new scincid lizard (Genus Sphenomorphus) from Palawan Island, Philippines" Herpetologica. 66. 67-79.
  • Siler, C. D., A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "A new loam-swimming skink, genus Brachymeles (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from the Bicol faunal region, Luzon and Catanduanes islands, Philippines" Journal of Herpetology. 44. 49-60.
  • Siler, C. D., D. S. Balete, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2010. "A new legless loam-swimming lizard (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Genus Brachymeles) from the Bicol Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines" Copeia. 2010. 114-122.
  • Brown, R. M., A. C. Diesmos, M. V. Duya, H. J. D. Garcia, and E. L. B. Rico. 2010. "A new forest gecko (Squamata; Gekkonidae; Genus Luperosaurus) from Mt. Mantalingajan, southern Palawan Island, Philippines" Journal of Herpetology. 44. 37-48.
  • Esselstyn, J. A. and R. M. Brown. 2009. "The role of repeated sea-level fluctuations in the generation of shrew (Soricidae: Crocidura) diversity in the Philippine Archipelago" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 53. 171–181.
  • Brown, R. M., C. D. Siler, A. C. Diesmos, and A. C. Alcala. 2009. "The Philippine frogs of the genus Leptobrachium (Anura; Megophryidae): phylogeny-based species delimitation, taxonomic revision, and descriptions of three new species" Herpetological Monographs. 23. 1-44.
  • Brown, R. M., C. H. Oliveros, C. D. Siler, and A. C. Diesmos. 2009. "Phylogeny of Gekko from the northern Philippines, and description of a new species from Calayan Island" Journal of Herpetology. 43. 620-635.
  • Matsui, M. et al. 2009. "Phylogenetic Relationships of Ansonia from Southeast Asia inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences: Systematic and Biogeographic Implications (Anura: Bufonidae)" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 54. 561-570.
  • Brown, R. M. and A. C. Diesmos. 2009. "Philippines, Biology" Encyclopedia of Islands. edited by Gillespie, R. and D. A. Clague. 723-732.
  • Setiadi, M. I., A. Hamidy, Z. Abidin, D. Susanto, R. M. Brown, A. T. Peterson, X. Li, and B. J. Evans. 2009. "Genetic structure of herpetofauna on Halmahera Island, Indonesia: Implications for Aketajawe-Lolobata National Park" Conservation Biology. 24. 553-562.
  • Brown, R. M.. 2009. "Frogs in Island Archipelagos" Encyclopedia of Islands. edited by Gillespie, R. and D. A. Clague. 347-351.
  • Wiens, J. J., J. S. Sukumaran, R. A. Pyron, and R. M. Brown. 2009. "Evolutionary and biogeographic origins of high tropical diversity in old world frogs (Ranidae)" Evolution. 64. 1217–1231.
  • Esselstyn, J. A., R. M. Timm, and R. M. Brown. 2009. "Do geological or climatic processes drive speciation in dynamic archipelagos? The tempo and mode of diversification in Southeast Asian shrews" Evolution. 63(10). 2595–2610.
  • Siler, C. D., A. C. Diesmos, A. C. Alcala, and R. M. Brown. 2009. "A new species of limestone forest frogs, genus Platymantis (Amphibia; Anura; Ceratobatrachidae) from Samar Island, Philippines" Herpetologica. 65. 92-104.
  • Siler, C. D., J. McVay, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2009. "A new species of fanged frog (Dicroglossidae; genus Limnonectes) from southern Mindanao Island, Philippines" Herpetologica. 65. 105-114.
  • Siler, C. D., E. L. B. Rico, M. R. Duya, and R. M. Brown. 2009. "A new limb-reduced skink, genus Brachymeles (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae), from central Luzon Island, Philippines" Herpetologica. 65. 449–459.
  • Welton, L. J., C. D. Siler, A. C. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2009. "A new bent-toed gecko (Genus Cyrtodactylus) from southern Palawan Island, Philippines, and clarification of the taxonomic status of C. annulatus" Herpetologica. 65. 323–343.
  • Brown, R. M. and S. J. Richards. 2008. "Two new frogs of the genus Platymantis (Anura: Ceratobatrachidae) from the Isabel Island group, Solomon Islands" Zootaxa. 1888. 47-68.
  • Brown, R. M.. 2008. "The Frogs of the Solomon Islands" edited by Pikacha, P., C. M. Morrison, and S. J. Richards.
  • Diesmos, A. C., R. M. Brown, A. C. Alcala, and R. V. Sison. 2008. "Status and Distribution of Nonmarine Turtles of the Philippines" Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 7. 157–177.
  • Brown, R. M., A. C. Diesmos, and A. C. Alcala. 2008. "Philippine amphibian biodiversity is increasing in leaps and bounds" Threatened Amphibians of the World. edited by Stuart, S. N., M. H. Hoffmann, J. S. Chanson, N. A. Cox, R. Berridge, P. Ramani, and B. E. Young. 82-83.
  • Bickford, D. P., J. Supriatna, Y. Andayani, D. T. Iskandar, B. J. Evans, R. M. Brown, T. Townsend, Umilaela, D. Azhari, and J. A. McGuire. 2008. "Indonesia’s protected areas need more protection: suggestions from island examples" Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago. edited by Sodhi, N. S., G. Acciaioli, M. Erb, and A. K. Tan. 53-77.
  • Ron, S. and R. M. Brown. 2008. "Filling the black hole: challenges in taxonomy to protect amphibians" Threatened Amphibians of the World. edited by Stuart, S. N., M. H. Hoffmann, J. S. Chanson, N. A. Cox, R. Berridge, P. Ramani, and B. E. Young. 133.
  • Lim, B. K., J. L. Edger, A. T. Peterson, M. B. Robbins, D. H. Clayton, S. E. Bush, and R. M. Brown. 2008. "Biodiversity in China: Lost in the Masses?" Harvard Asia Quarterly. 11. 12-23.
  • Bain, R. et al. 2008. "Amphibians of the Indomalayan Realm" Threatened Amphibians of the World. edited by Stuart, S. N., M. H. Hoffmann, J. S. Chanson, N. A. Cox, R. Berridge, P. Ramani, and B. E. Young. 74-79.
  • Hayden, C. J. et al. 2008. "A new species of bent-toed gecko Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827, (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia" Herpetologica. 64. 109-120.
  • Linkem, C. W., J. A. McGuire, C. J. Hayden, M. I. Setiadi, D. P. Bickford, and R. M. Brown. 2008. "A new species of bent-toe gecko (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) from Sulawesi Island, eastern Indonesia" Herpetologica. 64. 232-242.
  • Brown, R. M., C. H. Oliveros, C. D. Siler, and A. C. Diesmos. 2008. "A new Gekko from the Babuyan Islands, northern Philippines" Herpetologica. 64. 305–320.
  • Evans, B. J., J. A. McGuire, R. M. Brown, N. Andayani, and J. Supriatna. 2008. "A coalescent framework for comparing alternative models of population structure with genetic data: evolution of Celebes toads" Biology Letters. 4. 430-433.
 
  • McGuire, J. A., R. M. Brown, I. Mumpuni, A. Riyanto, and N. Andayani. 2007. "The flying lizards of the Draco lineatus group (Squamata: Iguania: Agamidae): A taxonomic revision with descriptions of two new species" Herpetological Monographs. 21. 180-213.
  • Parra, G. et al. 2007. "Systematics and Conservation" Amphibian Conservation Action Plan. edited by Gascon, C., J. P. Collins, R. D. Moore, D. R. Church, J. E. McKay, and J. R. Mendelson. 45-48.
 
  • Brown, R. M.. 2007. "Introduction to Robert F. Inger’s Systematics and Zoogeography of Philippine Amphibia" Systematics and Zoogeography of Philippine Amphibia. 1-17.
 
  • Castoe, T. A., E. N. Smith, R. M. Brown, and C. L. Parkinson. 2007. "Higher-level phylogeny of Asian and American coralsnakes, their placement within the Elapidae (Squamata), and the systematic affinities of the enigmatic Asian coralsnake Hemibungarus calligaster (Wiegmann, 1834)" Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 151. 809–831.
  • Dudley, R., G. Byrnes, S. Yanoviak, B. Borrell, R. M. Brown, and J. A. McGuire. 2007. "Gliding and the functional origins of flight: biomechanical novelty or necessity?" Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. 38. 179–201.
  • Wallach, V., R. M. Brown, A. C. Diesmos, and G. V. A. Gee. 2007. "An enigmatic new species of blind snake from Luzon Island, northern Philippines (Serpentes: Typhlopidae)" Journal of Herpetology. 41. 690–702.
  • Gaulke, M., H. Rösler, and R. M. Brown. 2007. "A new species of Luperosaurus (Squamata; Gekkonidae) from Panay Island, Philippines, with comments on the taxonomic status of Luperosaurus cumingii (Gray, 1845)" Copeia. 2007. 413-425.
  • Brown, R. M., A. C. Diesmos, and M. V. Duya. 2007. "A new species of Luperosaurus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Sierra Madre mountain range of northern Luzon Island, Philippines" Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 55. 153–160.
  • Brown, R. M. and J. C. T. Gonzalez. 2007. "A new forest frog of the genus Platymantis (Amphibia; Anura: Ranidae) from the Bicol Peninsula of Luzon Island, Philippines" Copeia. 2007. 251-266.
  • Brown, R. M.. 2006. "The use of genetic data for inferring species limits" Philippine Biodiversity: Principles and Practice. edited by Catibog-Sinha, C. S. and L. R. Heaney. 87–90.
  • Diesmos, A. C., M. L. L. Diesmos, and R. M. Brown. 2006. "Status and distribution of alien invasive frogs in the Philippines" Journal of Environmental Science and Management, Philippines. 9. 41–53.
  • Brown, R. M.. 2006. "Species concepts" Philippine Biodiversity: Principles and Practice. edited by Catibog-Sinha, C. S. and L. R. Heaney. 43-44.
  • Brown, R. M.. 2006. "Recognition of Philippine amphibian diversity" Philippine Biodiversity: Principles and Practice. edited by Catibog-Sinha, C. S. and L. R. Heaney. 45.
  • Brown, R. M., J. Foufopoulos, and S. J. Richards. 2006. "New species of Platymantis (Amphibia; Anura: Ranidae) from New Britain and redescription of the poorly known Platymantis nexipus" Copeia. 2006. 674–695.
  • Bossuyt, F., R. M. Brown, D. M. Hillis, D. C. Cannatella, and M. C. Milinkovitch. 2006. "Late Cretaceous diversification resulted in continent-scale regionalism in the cosmopolitan frog family Ranidae" Systematic Biology. 55. 579–594.
  • Brown, R. M., S. J. Richards, J. A. Sukumaran, and J. Foufopoulos. 2006. "A new morphologically cryptic species of forest frog (genus Platymantis) from New Britain Island, Bismarck Archipelago" Zootaxa. 1334. 45-68.
  • Brown, R. M.. 2006. "A case of suspected coral snake mimicry by lepidopteran larvae" Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 54. 225–227.
  • Rösler, H., C. D. Siler, R. M. Brown, A. D. Demegillo, and M. Gaulke. 2006. "Gekko ernstkelleri sp. n.—a new gekkonid lizard from Panay Island, Philippines" Salamandra. 42. 197–211.
  • Diesmos, A. C., J. F. Parham, B. L. Stuart, and R. M. Brown. 2005. "The phylogenetic position of the recently rediscovered Philippine forest turtle (Bataguridae: Heosemys leytensis)" Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 56. 31-41.
  • Diesmos, A. C., G. V. A. Gee, R. M. Brown, P. J. Widmann, and J. C. Dimalibot. 2004. "Rediscovery of the Philippine forest turtle, Heosemys leytensis (Chelonia; Bataguridae), from Palawan Island, Philippines" Asiatic Herpetological Research. 10. 22-27.
  • Diesmos, A. C., R. M. Brown, and G. V. A. Gee. 2004. "Preliminary report on the amphibians and reptiles of Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park, Luzon Island, Philippines" Sylvatrop, Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources. 13. 63-80.
  • Foufopoulos, J. and R. M. Brown. 2004. "A new frog of the genus Platymantis (Amphibia; Anura; Ranidae) from New Britain,with a redescription of the poorly-known Platymantis macrosceles" Copeia. 2004. 825–841.
 
  • Brown, R. M., C. N. Dolino, E. L. Alcala, A. C. Diesmos, and A. C. Alcala. 2003. "The advertisement calls of two endangered species of endemic Philippine frogs: Platymantis spelaeus and P. insulatus (Anura; Ranidae)" The Silliman Journal. 43. 91–109.
  • Evans, B. J., R. M. Brown, J. A. McGuire, J. Supriatna, N. Andayani, A. C. Diesmos, D. T. Iskandar, D. J. Melnick, and D. C. Cannatella. 2003. "Phylogenetics of fanged frogs: testing biogeographical hypotheses at the interface of the Asian and Australian faunal zones" Systematic Biology. 52. 794–819.
  • Brown, R. M., A. C. Diesmos, and A. C. Alcala. 2002. "The state of Philippine herpetology and the challenges for the next decade" The Silliman Journal. 42. 18-87.
 
  • Brown, R. M. and S. I. Guttman. 2002. "Phylogenetic systematics of the Rana signata complex of Philippine and Bornean stream frogs: reconsideration of Huxley’s modification of Wallace’s Line at the Oriental-Australian faunal zone interface" Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. 76. 393–461.
  • Diesmos, A. C., R. M. Brown, A. C. Alcala, R. V. Sison, L. E. Afuang, and G. V. A. Gee. 2002. "Philippine amphibians and reptiles" Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Priorities: a Second Iteration of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. edited by Ong, P. S., L. E. Afuang, and R. G. Rosell-Ambal. 26–44.
 
  • Brown, R. M. and A. C. Diesmos. 2002. "Application of lineage-based species concepts to oceanic island frog populations: the effects of differing taxonomic philosophies on the estimation of Philippine biodiversity" The Silliman Journal. 42. 133–162.
  • Diesmos, A. C., R. M. Brown, and A. C. Alcala. 2002. "A new species of narrow-mouthed frog (Amphibia; Anura; Microhylidae: genus Kaloula) from the mountains of southern Luzon and Polillo islands, Philippines" Copeia. 2002. 1037–1051.
  • Ferner, J. W., R. M. Brown, R. V. Sison, and R. S. Kennedy. 2001. "The amphibians and reptiles of Panay Island, Philippines" Asiatic Herpetological Research. 9. 34-70.
  • Brown, R. M., A. E. Leviton, J. W. Ferner, and R. V. Sison. 2001. "A new species of snake in the genus Hologerrhum (Reptilia; Squamata; Serpentes) from Panay Island, Philippines" Asiatic Herpetological Research. 9. 9-22.
  • Brown, R. M. and A. C. Diesmos. 2000. "The lizard genus Luperosaurus: taxonomy, history, and conservation prospects for some of the world's rarest lizards" Sylvatrop: Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources. 10. 107–124.
  • Brown, R. M., J. A. McGuire, and A. C. Diesmos. 2000. "Status of some Philippine frogs related to Rana everetti (Anura: Ranidae), description of a new species, and resurrection of Rana igorota Taylor 1922" Herpetologica. 56. 81-104.
  • Brown, R. M. and D. T. Iskandar. 2000. "Nest site selection, larval hatching, and advertisement calls of Rana arathooni (Amphibia; Anura; Ranidae) from southwestern Sulawesi (Celebes) Island, Indonesia" Journal of Herpetology. 34. 404-413.
 
  • Brown, R. M., J. Supriatna, and H. Ota. 2000. "Discovery of a new species of Luperosaurus (Squamata; Gekkonidae) from Sulawesi, with a phylogenetic analysis of the genus and comments on the status of L. serraticaudus" Copeia. 2000. 191-209.
 
  • Brown, R. M., J. A. McGuire, J. W. Ferner, N. Icarangal, and R. S. Kennedy. 2000. "Amphibians and reptiles of Luzon Island, II: preliminary report on the herpetofauna of Aurora Memorial National Park, Philippines" Hamadryad. 25. 175–195.
  • Brown, R. M.. 1999. "New species of parachute gecko (Squamata; Gekkonidae; Genus Ptychozoon) from northeastern Thailand and Central Vietnam" Copeia. 1999. 990–1001.
  • Brown, R. M., A. E. Leviton, and R. V. Sison. 1999. "Description of a new species of Pseudorabdion from Panay Island, Philippines, with a revised key to the genus" Asiatic Herpetological Research. 8. 7-12.
  • Brown, R. M., J. A. McGuire, J. W. Ferner, and A. C. Alcala. 1999. "A new diminutive species of skink (Squamata; Scincidae; Lygosominae: Sphenomorphus) from Luzon Island, Republic of the Philippines" Copeia. 1999. 362–370.
  • Brown, W. C., R. M. Brown, and A. C. Alcala. 1997. "Species of the hazelae group of Platymantis from the Philippines with descriptions of two new species" Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 49. 405–421.
  • Brown, W. C., R. M. Brown, A. C. Alcala, and D. R. Frost. 1997. "Replacement name for Platymantis reticulatus Brown, Brown, and Alcala, 1997 (Ranidae: Raninae)" Herpetological Review. 28. 131.
  • Brown, R. M., J. W. Ferner, and A. C. Diesmos. 1997. "Definition of the Philippine parachute gecko, Ptychozoon intermedium Taylor 1915 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae): redescription, designation of a neotype, and comparisons with related species" Herpetologica. 53. 357–373.
  • Ferner, J. W., R. M. Brown, and A. E. Greer. 1997. "A new genus and species of closed canopy forest skinks from the Philippine islands" Journal of Herpetology. 31. 187–192.
  • Brown, R. M., J. W. Ferner, R. V. Sison, P. C. Gonzales, and R. S. Kennedy. 1996. "Amphibians and reptiles of the Zambales mountains of Luzon Island, Philippines" Herpetological Natural History. 4. 1-17.
  • Brown, R. M., D. H. Gist, and D. H. Taylor. 1995. "The home range ecology of an introduced population of wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) in Cincinnati, Ohio" American Midland Naturalist. 133. 186–202.
  • Brown, R. M., J. F. Ferner, and R. V. Sison. 1995. "Rediscovery and redescription of Sphenomorphus beyeri (Lacertilia; Scincidae) from the Zambales Mountains of Luzon, Philippines" Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 108. 6-17.
  • Brown, R. M., D. H. Taylor, and D. H. Gist. 1995. "Effects of caudal autotomy on locomotor performance of wall lizards (Podarcis muralis)" Journal of Herpetology. 29. 98–105.
  • Brown, R. M. and D. H. Taylor. 1995. "Compensatory escape mode trade-offs between locomotor performance and maneuvering behavior across larval ontogeny of the wood frog Rana sylvatica" Copeia. 1995. 1-7.
  • Brown, R. M., J. F. Ferner, and L. A. Ruedas. 1995. "A new species of lygosomine lizard (Reptilia; Lacertilia; Scincidae; Sphenomorphus) from Mt. Isarog, Luzon Island, Philippines" Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 108. 18-28.

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