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Liam Revell

Title: Professor

Phone: 617.287.7259


Department: Biology

Areas of Expertise

Phylogenetics, Evolutionary Biology, Herpetology


PhD, Harvard University, 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 Liam Revell's lab is concentrated in two main areas: computational method development for phylogenetics (primarily phylogenetic comparative biology); and evolutionary ecology of reptiles. He is presently conducting most of his computational method development in the R language and statistical computing environment and he developed, supports, and maintains an extensive, multifunctional R phylogenetics library, 'phytools.' Students and postdocs in his lab are presently conducting research on tropical reptiles. For instance, they are studying adaptation to urban environments in Puerto Rican Anolis lizards; and they 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


To review all of Liam Revell's publications, click here