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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.

For more information about Dr. Revell's research on methods for comparative biology please check out his development blog.

Dr. Revell also co-teaches a winter-term course in Tropical Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology with Dr. Alberto Puente-Rolón from the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. For more information about this program, please check out the Tropical Biology in Puerto Rico Facebook page.

Starting in October, 2017 Dr. Revell will be jointly appointed at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia.

Contact information

Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Office: Integrated Sciences Complex, 4th floor, ISC-4150.
Lab: Integrated Sciences Complex, 5th floor, ISC-5350.
Phone: 617-287-7259 (office); 617-287-6049 (lab); 314-580-3045 (cell).

Recent Publications, 2014-present (all publications)

Revell, L. J. In press. Comparing the rates of speciation and extinction between phylogenetic trees. Ecology and Evolution.

Revell, L. J., L. E. González-Valenzuela, A. Alfonso, L. A. Castellanos-García, C. E. Guarnizo, and A. J. Crawford. 2018. Comparing evolutionary rates between trees, clades, and traits. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9: 994-1005. PDF

Winchell, K. M., E. J. Carlen, A. R. Puente-Rolón, and L. J. Revell. 2018. Divergent habitat use of two urban lizard species. Ecology and Evolution 8: 25-35. PDF

Reynolds, R. G., T. R. Strickland, J. J. Kolbe, B. G. Falk, G. Perry, L. J. Revell, and J. B. Losos. 2017. Archipelagic genetics in a widespread Caribbean anole. Journal of Biogeography 44: 2631-2647. PDF

Arcila, D., G. Ortí, R. Vari, J. W. Armbruster, M. L. J. Stiassny, K. D. Ko, M. H. Sabaj, J. Lundberg, L. J. Revell, and R. Betancur-R. 2017. Genome-wide interrogation advances resolution of recalcitrant groups in the tree of life. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 0020. PDF supplementary appendix

Tyler, R. K., K. M. Winchell, and L. J. Revell. 2016. Tails of the city: Caudal autotomy in the tropical lizard, Anolis cristatellus, in urban and natural areas of Puerto Rico. Journal of Herpetology 50: 435-441. PDF

Reynolds, R. G., D. C. Collar, S. A. Pasachnik, M. L. Niemiller, A. R. Puente-Rolón, and L. J. Revell. 2016. Ecological specialization and morphological diversification in Greater Antillean boas. Evolution 70: 1882-1895. PDF

Winchell, K. M., R. G. Reynolds, S. Prado-Irwin, A. R. Puente-Rolón, and L. J. Revell. 2016. Phenotypic shifts in urban areas in the tropical lizard, Anolis cristatellus. Evolution 70: 1009-1022. PDF supplementary appendix

Harrison, A. S., L. J. Revell, and J. B. Losos. 2015. Correlated evolution of microhabitat, morphology, and behavior in West Indian Anolis lizards: A test of the habitat matrix model. Behaviour 152: 1187-1207. PDF

Revell, L. J., D. L. Mahler, R. G. Reynolds, and G. J. Slater. 2015. Placing cryptic, recently extinct, or hypothesized taxa into an ultrametric phylogeny using continuous character data: A case study with the lizard Anolis roosevelti. Evolution 69: 1027-1035. PDF

Reynolds, R. G., A. R. Puente-Rolón, R. Platenberg, K. Tyler, P. J. Tolson, and L. J. Revell. 2015. Large divergence and low diversity suggest genetically informed conservation strategies for the endangered Virgin Islands Boa (Chilabothrus monensis). Global Ecology and Conservation 3: 487-502. PDF

Collar, D. C., P. C. Wainwright, M. E. Alfaro, L. J. Revell, and R. S. Mehta. 2014. Biting disrupts evolutionary integration of the skull in eels. Nature Communications 5: 5505. PDF supplementary appendix

Stuart, Y. E., T. S. Campbell, R. G. Reynolds, P. A. Hohenlohe, L. J. Revell, and J. B. Losos. 2014. Rapid evolution of a native species following invasion by a congener. Science 346: 463-466. PDF supplementary appendix

Revell, L. J. and S. A. Chamberlain. 2014. Rphylip: An R interface for PHYLIP. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 976-981. PDF

Revell, L. J. 2014. 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.). PDF

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