Brief Bio:

  • 2014 - present - Assistant Professor, NYC College of Technology and doctoral faculty, Graduate Center
  • 2012-2014 - Postdoctoral Associate - Duke University
  • 2007-2012 - PhD - University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum
  • 2004-2006 - MA - Central CT State University
  • 1999-2003 - BA - University of Connecticut


Contact Information

Christopher Blair, PhD
Assistant Professor
NYC College of Technology
Phone : 718.260.5342
Contact Via Email

Department: Biological Sciences

Discipline: Molecular systematics, phylogeography, biogeography, population genomics,herpetology

Research Title

Cryptic diversity and discordance in single-locus species delimitation methods in horned lizards (Phrynosomatidae: Phrynosoma)

Description of Research

We used single locus data to quantify the degree of discordance in commonly used
molecular methods to determine species limits. Our secondary objective was to test
for the likelihood of additional cryptic species of horned lizard. Our results suggested a
high degree of discordance among methods, and that species-level diversity of horned
lizards is likely underestimated.


Blair C, Bryson RW. 2017. Cryptic diversity and discordance in single-locus species delimitation methods within horned lizards (Phrynosomatidae: Phrynosoma)

Current Funding


Collaborators on the HPCC based Research Project

Robert W. Bryson Jr.

Contribution of the HPC in your research

Provided computational resources to complete the project in a timely manner.