Dr. Tony Gamble

Dr. Tony Gamble
Dr. Tony GambleMarquette University

Wehr Life Sciences, 411

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1476Lab Website

Assistant Professor

Evolutionary Biology


B.A. 2001, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN
Ph.D., 2008, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Post-doctoral Fellow 2008-2014, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Research Interests

Evolutionary Biology

Research in the Gamble lab examines the evolutionary processes that generate and maintain biological diversity. In particular we focus on two complementary topics: 1) comparative genomics and the evolution of sex chromosomes; and 2) the spatial and historical aspects of species diversification – phylogenetics and biogeography. Studying these subjects in a single model clade (lizards) presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore the complex origins of biological diversity.


Nielsen, S.V, J.L. Banks, R.E. Diaz Jr., P.A. Trainor, and T. Gamble. 2018. Dynamic sex chromosomes in Old World chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31:484–490.

Gamble, T., E. McKenna, W. Meyer, S.V. Nielsen, B.J. Pinto, D.P. Scantlebury, and T.E. Higham. 2018. XX/XY Sex chromosomes in the South American dwarf gecko (Gonatodes humeralis). Journal of Heredity 109:462–468.

Gamble, T., T.A. Castoe, S. V. Nielsen, J. L. Banks*, D. C. Card, D. R. Schield, G. W. Schuett, and W. Booth. 2017. The discovery of XY sex chromosomes in a Boa and Python. Current Biology 27:2148–2153.

Gamble, T. 2016. Using RAD-seq to recognize sex-specific markers and sex chromosome systems. Molecular Ecology 25:2114–2116.

Gamble, T., J. Coryell, T. Ezaz, J. Lynch, D. Scantlebury, and D. Zarkower. 2015. Restriction site-associated DNA sequencing (RAD-seq) reveals an extraordinary number of transitions among gecko sex-determining mechanisms. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32:1296–1309.

Gamble, T., E. Greenbaum, T. R. Jackman, and A. M. Bauer. 2015. Into the light: Diurnality has evolved multiple times in geckos. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115:896–910.

Gamble, T., and D. Zarkower. 2014. Identification of sex-specific molecular markers using restriction site associated DNA sequencing (RAD-seq). Molecular Ecology Resources 14: 902–913.

Gamble, T., A. J. Geneva, R. E. Glor, and D. Zarkower. 2014. Anolis sex chromosomes are derived from a single ancestral pair. Evolution 68:1027–1041.

Gamble, T., E. Greenbaum, T. R. Jackman, A. P. Russell, and A. M. Bauer. 2012. Repeated origin and loss of adhesive toepads in geckos. PLoS ONE 7:e39429.

Gamble, T. and D. Zarkower. 2012. Sex Determination [Primer]. Current Biology 22: R257–R262.

Gamble, T., A. M. Bauer, G. R. Colli, E. Greenbaum, T.R. Jackman, L. J. Vitt, and A. M. Simons. 2011. Coming to America: Multiple origins of New World geckos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 231–244.


Aaron Griffing (Ph.D. student)
Brendan Pinto (Ph.D. student)
Shannon Keating (Ph.D. student)


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