Releasing a Foothill yellow-legged (Rana boylii) frog in Mendocino National Forest.





Jennifer A. Dever
Associate Professor of Biology, Director of the PSM in Biotechnology program

Biology Department,USF
Phone: (415) 422-5481
Fax: (415) 422-6363


Rana boylii

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe." – Marilyn vos Savant.

My Curriculum Vitae

coursesCourse Information (Classes I am currently teaching, or recently taught)


Spring 2015


Molecular Biology (BIOL 420)

FALL 2014

Conservation Biology

Evolution (iTunes U link)

Molecular Biology (BTEC 620)

Research Interests

I earned my Ph.D. from Texas Tech University where I studied population genetics of endangered crocodiles in Belize, C.A. and have been at USF for the past 11 years where my research falls under the broad category of conservation genetics. It is my goal to use genetics as a means of better managing threatened wildlife.

Projects range from local - working on population genetics of Rana boylii - to global, identifying new species from Myanmar. For more detailed info check out these links:


Identification of Theloderma species from Myanmar

Impact of dams on genetic diversity in foothill yellow-legged frogs (R. boylii)

Belding's Ground Squirrel Population Study near Yosemite


New species of Amolops from Myanmar (formally known as Burma)

Gene flow in Rana boylii of a pristine region on the Eel river

Genetic Diversity in Morelet's Crocodile populations in Belize, Central America


Collecting Rana boylii frogs in the Eldorado National Forest, June 2011.

Cool links

USF PSM in Biotechnology Newsletter

For your listening pleasure: KEXP& KCRW

For looking up information: PubMed, or BioOne(USF students)

Amphibian Specialist Group:

Amphibia Web:

Want to support the conservation effort? The Nature Conservancy

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