Edgar Lehr, Ph.D.


Robert Harrington Endowed Professor of Biology


Master’s degree (Dipl. Biol.) in biology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Doctoral degree (Dr. phil. nat.) in zoology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Natural History Museum, University of Kansas
Habilitation degree (Dr. habil.), University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany


Dr. Lehr's research is devoted to the biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles in the neotropics (Peru, Suriname).

Current research projects focus on species composition and phylogenetic relationships of terrestrial-breeding frogs (Strabomantidae) and spectacled lizards (Gymnophthalmidae) in cloud forests and high Andean habitats and the herpetofauna of the Pui Pui Protected Forest in Peru. His research includes taxonomy, morphology, comparative anatomy, systematic revisions, phylogenetic analyses, biogeography, ecology, and conservation. Dr. Lehr is a Research Affiliate of the Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, Research Associate of The Field Museum (Chicago), and the Museo de Historia Natural Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Peru). He is associate editor of the journal Salamandra (DGHT, Germany) and on the editorial board of the journals Life (MDPI), Phylogenetics and
Paleobiology (specialty section of Frontiers in Amphibian and Reptile Science), and Taxonomy (MDPI).

See a list of Dr. Lehr's publications


Dr. Lehr teaches

  • Foundations of Evolution (BIOL 216)
  • Chordate Comparative Anatomy (BIOL 310)
  • Herpetology (BIOL 322)
  • Gateway: The Sixth Extinction