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People in the Revell Lab

Principal Investigator

Liam J. Revell
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
My Citations (Google Scholar)

Postdocs and Students

Klaus P. Schliep
Klaus started in the lab as a postdoc in September 2014. Klaus is a statistician and biomathematician who earned his Ph.D. from Massey University in New Zealand. In his research, Klaus develops and applies mathematical and computational models to solve biological problems, mainly in evolution. Klaus is also the maintainer and principal developer of the phangorn R package. For more information, see Klaus's website.
Kevin Aviles-Rodriguez
Kevin joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in September 2015, coming to us from Puerto Rico via URI where he did his Master's in the Kolbe lab. Kevin is interested in how human induced change can affect the ecology and behavior of animals, particularly reptiles, and especially cases where behavioral change allow animals to exploit novel aspects of the urban habitat. Kevin is co-advised by Dr. Luis De León.
Please contact me about opportunities for undergraduate research experience, graduate study, or postdoctoral research in my lab.

Lab Alumni

Kirsten Beatrice
Kirsten was a UMass Boston undergraduate biology major who successfully completed a senior thesis project on tail autotomy in the Revell lab.. She is interested in botany, ecology, and conservation and is presently applying to graduate school.
Tiara Butler-Smith
Tiara was a University of Massachusetts Boston undergraduate student who worked with Graham on the genetics of Caribbean boas. She recently transferred to North Carolina State University where she plans to study biochemistry and run for their women's track & field team.
David C. Collar
Dave was a postdoc in the lab from August 2014 to July 2015. Dave uses phylogenetic methods to test hypotheses about morphological evolution in lizards & teleost fish. After finishing in the Revell lab, Dave started a faculty position as Asistant Professor of Biology at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. For more information, please visit Dave's new lab website.
Jason Fredette
Jason completed his senior thesis in the lab, focused on the molecular phylogenetics and species diversity of Puerto Rican dwarf geckos (Sphaerodactylus). Jason’s interests include behavior, conservation, and tropical ecology and he hopes to go on to pursue these interests in graduate school.
Karen Kolodzaike
Karen was a University of Massachusetts Boston graduate who conducted research in the Revell lab from 2012 to 2014. She worked with Graham on the genetics of Puerto Rican boas. Karen now works as a veterinary technician at the Massachusetts Animal Medical Center.
Ellen Lapuck
Ellen was a second degree student at UMass Boston majoring in biology. She worked in the lab from 2013 to 2014, taking care of the lizard colony and assisting Graham and Tanner in the molecular lab. She was recently accepted to Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania and will be starting in the fall.
Jillian C. Newman
Jill was a Northeastern University undergraduate student who worked in the lab from summer of 2011 until the fall of 2013. Jill is interested in all things reptile and amphibian related and worked in the lizard colony and with Graham in the lab.
Kathrin Nye
Kathrin is a University of Massachusetts Boston undergraduate student who is interested in marine ecology and lionfish. She worked with Graham in the lab during spring 2013 to learn methods in molecular ecology, such as DNA isolation and PCR.
Sofia Prado-Irwin
Sofia was a Barnard College undergraduate who was an REU student in the lab during the summer of 2012. She worked with Kristin on adaptation to urban environments in Anolis cristatellus. Check out the terrific poster from her summer project!
Quynh Quach
Quynh began as Master's student in January of 2014. She is from Oregon and her interests include ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation. Quynh successfully defended her Master's thesis entitled "Historical allopatry and secondary contact or primary intergradation in the Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, on Vieques Island" in July of 2016.
R. Graham Reynolds
Graham's research is on the evolutionary, population, and quantitive genetics of tropical reptiles and amphibians. Graham first started in the lab as a postdoc in August 2011, after which he also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University with Jonathan Losos. Graham earned his Ph.D. in the Fitzpatrick lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In December 2015 Graham started a faculty position at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
Siedeh Rezaei-Kamalabad
Siedeh was a University of Massachusetts Boston undergraduate student who worked in the Revell lab in spring semester 2013. She is interested in plant genetics and transgenics and trained with Graham to learn about what we do and to improve her molecular lab skills.
Tanner Strickland
Tanner was a Harvard undergraduate from the Losos lab who conducted a large portion of his senior thesis research in the Revell lab. His project dealt with genetic variation within the lizard species Anolis cristatellus across the Virgin Islands. Tanner was awarded the Hoopes prize for his senior thesis.
Yoel E. Stuart
Yoel was a Ph.D. student in the Losos Lab at Harvard University and Revell lab affiliate who ran a common garden experiment with Anolis carolinensis in collaboration with our lab. For more about Yoel, check out his website.
Maia Titcomb
Maia is a second degree student majoring in biology, with plans to apply to veterinary school. She began working in the lab in September 2013, and assisted Kristin with husbandry and research in the lizard colony.
Kristin M. Winchell
Kristin started in the lab as a graduate student in September 2011 & successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in March of 2018. She studies urban ecology and adaptation - primarily in reptiles. Kristin recently started a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jonathan Losos. For more information Kristin or her research, please visit her website.