Yucheol Shin

Yucheol’s primary research in the lab is focused on investigating morphological changes of Korean herpetofauna through time. He is doing it by analyzing morphological characteristics of vouchered museum specimens. He is also involved in other ongoing lab projects investigating herpetofauna roadkill in the Republic of Korea and predicting range shifts of Korean amphibians in response to climate change.

His previous research projects in the lab include cataloging the herpetology collection of the Ewha Womans University Natural History Museum (EWNHM). Although he is maintaining a broad interest in ecology and evolutionary biology, he is especially interested in phylogenetic systematics and phylogeography of East and Southeast Asian herpetofauna.

Before joining the lab, he worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology lab at the California State University, Monterey Bay and as a research assistant at the Ewha Womans University.


Macias D., Shin Y., & Borzée A. (in press) An update on the conservation status and ecology of Korean terrestrial squamates. Journal for Nature Conservation. in press.

Shin Y., Cho M.D. & Borzée A. (in press). Gloydius ussuriensis (Ussuri pitviper). Diet. Herpetological Review.

Shin Y. & Borzée A. (in press). Melanism in the Ussuri pitviper (Gloydius ussuriensis) from the Republic of Korea, with remarks on color variations in the species. Jordan Journal of Natural History. 7:60-63.

Messenger K., Dahn H., Andersen D., Shin Y., Yi Y., Bae Y. & Borzée A. (2020). Bufo stejnegeri (Korean Water Toad). Herpetological Review. 51(3):532

Shin Y., Jang Y.,  Allain S. J. R. & Borzée A. (2020). Catalogue of herpetological specimens of the Ewha Womans University Natural History Museum (EWNHM), Republic of Korea. ZooKeys. 965: 103–139. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.965.52976.

Borzée A., Andersen D., Groffen J., Kim Y. I., An J., Othman S., Ri K., Nam T. Y., Bae Y., Ren J-L., Li., J-T., Chuang M-F., Yi Y., Shin Y., Kwon T., Jang Y., & Min M-S. (2020). Yellow sea mediated segregation between North East Asian Dryophytes species. Plos One15(6): e0234299. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234299

Shin Y., Ambu J. & Borzée A. (2020). Additional observations on heterospecific amplexus in Asiatic toads (Anura: Bufonidae: Bufo gargarizans) in the Republic of Korea. Herpetology notes. 13:411-413.

Shin Y., Jeong D. & Borzée A. (2020). Mass displacement of the Korean clawed salamander (Onychodactylus koreanus) and the threat of road-kill. Herpetological bulletin.151:28-31. DOI: 10.33256/hb151.2831

Shin Y., Jang Y. & Borzée A. Gloydius ussuriensis (Ussuri Mamushi). (2020). Disease. Herpetological Review51(1): 144

Shin Y., Jang Y. & Borzée A. Gloydius saxatilis (Rock Mamushi). (2020). Dicephalism. Herpetological Review 51(1): 143-144.

Shin Y., Jang Y., Kim T. & Borzée A. (2020). A preserved specimen of Karsenia koreana (Caudata: Plethodontidae) misidentified and labelled as Hynobius leechii 27 years before the species’ description. Current Herpetology 39(1):75–79 DOI10.5358/hsj.39.75.

Shin Y., Jang Y. & Borzée A. (2020) Limb malformations in Bombina orientalis (Anura: Bombinatoridae) in the Republic of Korea based on museum specimens. Herpetology notes. 13: 29-31

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