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Welcome to the Revell lab webpages

This website contains information about research in the laboratory of Dr. Liam Revell.

Research in the Revell lab takes place in two main areas: the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of tropical reptiles; and computational method development for evolutionary biology.

Much of Liam's present research is concentrated on methods for comparative biology. Please check out Liam's development blog and his R phylogenetics (phytools) page.


Contact information

Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Office: Wheatley Hall, 3rd floor, W-03-015.
Phone: 617-287-7259 (office); 617-287-6049 (lab); 314-580-3045 (cell).
Email: liam.revell@umb.edu.


Publications 2012-present (all publications)

Revell, L. J. and S. A. Chamberlain. In press. Rphylip: An R interface for PHYLIP. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. link

Revell, L. J. In press. Graphical methods for visualizing comparative data on phylogenies. Chapter 4 in Modern phylogenetic comparative methods and their application in evolutionary biology: Concepts and practice (L. Z. Garamszegi ed.).

Reynolds, R. G., A. R. Puente-Rolón, M. Barandiaran, and L. J. Revell. 2014. Hispaniolan boa (Chilabothrus striatus) on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Herpetology Notes 7: 121-122. PDF

Revell, L. J. 2014. Ancestral character estimation under the threshold model from quantitative genetics. Evolution 68: 743-759. PDF

Reynolds, R. G., M. L. Niemiller, and L. J. Revell. 2014. Toward a tree-of-life for the boas and pythons: Multilocus species-level phylogeny with unprecedented taxon sampling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 71: 201-213. PDF

Revell, L. J. 2013. Two new graphical methods for mapping trait evolution on phylogenies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4: 754-759. PDF

Mahler, D. L., T. Ingram, L. J. Revell, and J. B. Losos. 2013. Exceptional convergence on the macroevolutionary landscape in island lizard radiations. Science 341: 292-295. PDF supplementary appendix

Reynolds, R. G., M. L. Niemiller, S. B. Hedges, A. Dornburg, A. R. Puente-Rolón, and L. J. Revell. 2013. Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of West Indian boid snakes (Chilabothrus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 461-470. PDF

Puente-Rolón, A. R., R. G. Reynolds, and L. J. Revell. 2013. Preliminary genetic analysis supports cave populations as targets for conservation in the endemic endangered Puerto Rican boa (Boidae: Epicrates inornatus). PLoS ONE 8: e63899. PDF

Muñoz, M. M., N. G. Crawford, T. J. McGreevy, N. J. Messana, R. D. Tarvin, L. J. Revell, R. M. Zandvliet, J. M. Hopwood, E. Mock, A. L. Schneider, and C. J. Schneider. 2013. Divergence in coloration and the evolution of reproductive isolation in the Anolis marmoratus species complex. Molecular Ecology 22: 2668-2682. PDF

Reynolds, R. G., A. R. Puente-Rolón, R. N. Reed, and L. J. Revell. 2013. Genetic analysis of a novel invasion of Puerto Rico by an exotic constricting snake. Biological Invasions 15: 953-959. PDF

Revell, L. J. 2013. A comment on the use of stochastic character maps to estimate evolutionary rate variation in a continuously valued trait. Systematic Biology 62: 339-345. PDF

Revell, L. J. and R. G. Reynolds. 2012. A new Bayesian method for fitting evolutionary models to comparative data with intraspecific variation. Evolution 66: 2697-2707. PDF

Revell, L. J. 2012. phytools: An R package for phylogenetic comparative biology (and other things). Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 217-223. PDF

Slater, G. J., L. J. Harmon, D. Wegmann, P. Joyce, L. J. Revell, and M. E. Alfaro. 2012. Fitting models of continuous trait evolution to incompletely sampled comparative data using Approximate Bayesian Computation. Evolution 66: 752-762. PDF

Sanger, T. J., L. J. Revell, J. J. Gibson-Brown, and J. B. Losos. 2012. Repeated modification of early limb morphogenesis programs underlies the evolution of relative long bone length variation among Anolis lizards. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 279: 739-748. PDF

Revell, L. J., D. L. Mahler, P. R. Peres-Neto, and B. D. Redelings. 2012. A new method for identifying exceptional phenotypic diversification. Evolution 66: 135-146. PDF supplementary appendix