Philippe J.R. Kok


Philippe J. R. Kok is a Belgian hardcore field biologist, herpetologist and evolutionary biologist, in that order. Philippe is currently postdoc in the Amphibian Evolution Lab at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) where he also teaches "Field Herpetology". His doctoral thesis, on the systematics and evolutionary biology of amphibians and reptiles in the Pantepui biogeographical region (the Guiana Shield highlands), was defended at Leiden University (the Netherlands) in 2013. His research projects and teaching made him travel from the Neotropical jungles to the highest and remotest tepui (sandstone table mountains) summits, the famous "Lost World" of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Although his current research activities mostly focus on population genomics, population dynamics, and spatial ecology of amphibians and reptiles across table mountains in Pantepui, a large part of his research is still dedicated to the systematics and taxonomy of amphibians and reptiles of the Guiana Shield. Philippe chairs the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group for the Guiana Shield.
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