Philippe KOK

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Etterbeek, Building G, 4th floor, Room 4G110
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

+32 (0)2 629 3410

Philippe’s research focusses on the origin, evolution and biogeography of the Pantepui herpetofauna as well as the taxonomic revision of several keystone taxa inhabiting this outstanding area. He has conducted expeditions in the area leading to the discovery of many new taxa, the collecting of crucial tissue samples for phylogenetic analyses and a better understanding of the distribution patterns of these organisms. His work combines an integrative approach based on molecular and morphological data as well as bioacoustics. 

Leite, Y.L.R., Kok, P.J.R. & M. Weksler, 2015 - Evolutionary affinities of the ‘Lost World’ mouse suggest a late Pliocene connection between the Guiana and Brazilian shields. Journal of Biogeography doi:10.1111/jbi.12461. 

Gehara, M., Crawford, A. J., Orrico, V. G. D., Rodríguez, A., Lötters, S., Fouquet, A., Baldo, D., Barrientos, L. S., Brusquetti, F., Castroviejo-fisher, S., De La Riva, I., Ernst, R., Faivovich, J. Gagliardi Urrutia, G., Glaw, F., Guayasamin, J., Hölting, M., Jansen, M., Kok, P. J. R., Kwet, A., Lingnau, R., Lyra, M., Moravec, J., Padial, J. M., Pombal Jr., J., Rojas-runjaic, F. J. M., Schulze, A. Señaris, J. C., Solé, M., Rodrigues, M. T., Twomey, E., Haddad, C. F. B., Vences, M. & Köhler, J., 2014. High levels of diversity uncovered in a widespread nominal taxon: continental phylogeography of the Neotropical tree frogDendropsophus minutus. PLoS ONE 9 (9): 1-12.

Kok, P. J. R., 2013. - Two new charismatic Pristimantis species (Anura: Craugastoridae) from the tepuis of “The Lost World” (Pantepui region, South America). European Journal of Taxonomy 60: 1-24.

Kok, P. J. R. , MacCulloch, R. D., Means, D. B., Roelants, K., Van Bocxlaer, I. & F. Bossuyt, 2012 - Low genetic diversity in tepui summit vertebrates. Current Biology, 22 (15): R589-590.