Tony Gamble

Tony Gamble

Assistant Professor

Wehr Life Sciences, 411
(414) 288-1476

M.S., 2003, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Ph.D., 2008, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Post-doctoral Fellow 2008-2015, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


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.


Selected Publications

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


Xiong, Z., F. Li, Q. Li, L. Zhou, T. Gamble, J. Zheng, L. Kui, C. Li, S. Li, and G. Zhang. 2016. Draft genome of the leopard gecko, Eublepharis macularius. GigaScience 5:47


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.



Current Students

Aaron Griffing (Ph.D. student)

Brendan Pinto (Ph.D. student)


Dr. Gamble is currently accepting new Ph.D. students into his lab



Biological Sciences Department

Marquette University, Wehr Life Sciences
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P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7355