Faculty & Staff

Liam Revell, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology - Phylogenetics; Evolutionary Biology; Herpetology.


Areas of Expertise

Phylogenetics, Evolutionary Biology, Herpetology


PhD, Harvard Univeristy, 2009 (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology)
MA, Washington University, 2006 (Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology)
BA, summa cum laude, Boston University, 2003 (Biology)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Research Interests 

Research in my lab is concentrated in two main areas: computational method development for phylogenetics (primarily phylogenetic comparative biology); and evolutionary ecology of reptiles. I am presently conducting most of my computational method development in the R language and statistical computing environment and I developed, support, and maintain an extensive, multifunctional R phylogenetics library, 'phytools.' Students and postdocs in my lab are presently conducting research on tropical reptiles. For instance, we are studying adaptation to urban environments in Puerto Rican Anolis lizards; and we are investigating the evolutionary diversification and conservation genetics of an imperiled clade of Caribbean boas.

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Durham, North Carolina


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