Evolutionary Genetics, Conservation Biology, Vertebrate Biology
R. Graham Reynolds Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Biology
My lab uses laboratory genetic, field-based, and computational techniques to study the evolution and conservation of vertebrates on islands. Most of our work is on reptiles in the Caribbean, particularly in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and Puerto Rico.
Another Evolution paper accepted: “Ecological specialization and morphological diversification in Greater Antillean boas”
Coverage from our recent paper describing the Silver Boa, Chilabothrus argentum, published in the journal Breviora.
Asheville Citizen Times 1, 2; WLOS; UNC TV; National Geographic; The Guardian; The Independent; El Nuevo Dia; El Mundo; BBC Science Focus; CS Monitor; Newsweek; Jamaica Observer; The Nassau Guardian; Univision Noticias; La Nacion Costa Rica; Scientific American; etc.
Reynolds Lab members Shannon Bodeau and Amy Castle have been awarded Summer Research Grants from UNC Asheville. Stay tuned for updates on their work!
New paper in Evolution with former lab mates in the Revell Lab at UMass Boston and Losos Lab at Harvard. Urban evolutionary ecology in Puerto Rican Anolis lizards. Congrats to lead author Kristin Winchell. Coverage in New Scientist and IFLScience.
Congrats to Reynolds Lab member Robert Chambliss, who has been awarded a McCullough Fellowship to study high elevation plethodontid salamanders.
Four recently accepted papers in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (evolution in island and mainland Anoles), Breviora (a new species of West Indian boa), Copeia (natural history of cave salamanders), and IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians (new herpetofaunal records from the Bahamas).
I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of the Department of Biology, University of North Carolina Asheville in January 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Biology.
Recently accepted papers in the Journal of Herpetology, Evolution, and Global Ecology and Conservation. Themes are Aruba Boa constrictor genetics, Anolis lizards + locate.yeti, and conservation genetics of Virgin Islands boas.
New paper in Science (rapid phenotypic evolution).
Coverage in Washington Post, NY Times, The Scientist Magazine, Harvard Gazette, etc.
I am excited to be joining the Journal of Herpetology as an Associate Editor and Herpetological Conservation and Biology as an Assistant Editor.
My undergraduate mentee received the Hoopes Prize for his senior thesis investigating phylogeography in the Puerto Rican Crested Anole.
I am looking forward to giving talks this week at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and the University of Rhode Island on “Evolution and Diversification of Boas: Micro to Macro Scale.”
Our paper on the Boa and Python Tree-of-Life is in the latest issue of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
The Inaugural Caribbean and Latin American Boa Group meeting in Arecibo, Puerto Rico was a great success, with attendees from 16 institutions and 5 countries
Two new manuscripts out: phylogenetics of the West Indian Boas (Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution) and population genetics of Puerto Rican boas (PLoS ONE)
The Reptiles of Tennessee (summer 2013) and The Amphibians of Tennessee (2011). A dream finally realized thanks to my co-editors Matt Niemiller and Brian Miller.
Finally! The first study of the natural history of the Turks Island Boa is in the current issue of the Journal of Herpetology.
Our paper (with Alberto Puente-Rolon, Bob Reed, and Liam Revell) on invasive Boa constrictors in western Puerto Rico was written up as a top story on Live Science and picked up by CBS News, Yahoo News, Discovery News, EarthSky, and NBC News, among others.
Alberto, Liam, and I just returned from field work on Long Island, Bahamas. See pictures on my photos page.
Three recently accepted papers in Evolution (population genetics of cave fish), Genetica (in silico population genetics), and Biological Invasions (invasive species genetics).
A paper with my postdoc mentor Liam Revell
made the cover of the latest issue of Evolution
Attention undergrad students- we are teaching a new winter term course: Biol 381: Special Topics: Caribbean Tropical Biology and Conservation -> more info
See you in Puerto Rico!
I have received a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Recovery program for my work with Alberto Puente-Rolon and Liam Revell on conservation genetics of the Puerto Rican Boa
Our next book, The Reptiles of Tennessee, sister volume to The Amphibians of Tennessee, was accepted on 1-27-12 and is now in production. Look for it in early 2013.
The Revell Lab had a successful trip to Puerto Rico- stay tuned for updates on our projects with the Puerto Rican Boa (Epicrates inornatus) and Boa constrictor.
I have added a short R tutorial here. A fun way to render maps from shapefiles, and very easy!
From UT Press: utpress.org
Dr. Joe DiPietro Receives Amphibians
Pictured in the photo, left to right: Dr. Graham Reynolds, Dr. Joseph DiPietro, Dr. Matthew Niemiller.
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