A complete list of my publications is available here. To request PDFs contact me at bellrc (at) si (dot) edu.
Rayna catching frogs on São Tomé.
Photo by Andrew Stanbridge
Dr. Molly C. Womack
B.S. Biology, University of Florida
Ph.D. Zoology, Colorado State University
Molly is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Rosenblum Lab at UC Berkeley and the Bell Lab at the NMNH. Her postdoctoral research leverages museum collections to investigate selection and constraints acting on the evolution of convergent skeletons in frogs.
B.S. Fisheries + Wildlife, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Ph.D. Quantitative Biology, University of Texas at Arlington
Kyle is a SI Global Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow. His postdoctoral research uses museum samples and genomic techniques to understand demographic shifts of Appalachian salamander communities. Kyle's Ph.D. research focused on island diversification on Sumatra and Java.
B.S. Biological Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
M.S. Functional + Structural Biology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil.
Ph.D. Ecology + Evolutionary Biology, City University of New York, USA.
Ivan is a Smithsonian Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Bell and de Queiroz Labs at the NMNH. His research focuses on comparative genomics, historical biogeography, and sexual signal evolution in Amazonian anole lizards.
H. B. Sc., Evolutionary Biology Specialist, University of Toronto
M. Sc., Ecology + Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
Ph.D., Ecology + Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
Ryan is an NSF-funded postdoctoral researcher in the Bell Lab. His postdoctoral research focuses on using next generation sequencing data to study the evolution of visual systems in frogs during major life history transitions. Ryan's Ph.D. research focused on the evolution of visual systems in squamate reptiles (lizards + snakes), and especially on evolutionary transitions between rod and cone photoreceptors in the retina.
M.S. Evolutionary Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
M.S. Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University
Ph.D. Candidate, Evolutionary Biology, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO) Portugal
Kevin is a Smithsonian Institution pre-doctoral fellow and is based in the Bell Lab at NMNH and Fleischer Lab at NZP. His fellowship research focuses on the genetic basis of convergent evolution from larviparity to pueriparity in Iberian fire salamanders.
Kevin swabbing stubborn frogs in the Colombian Páramo
Michael L. Yuan
B.S. Biological Sciences, Natural Resources, Cornell University
Ph.D. student Environmental Science, Policy + Management, U.C. Berkeley
Mike was a Smithsonian Institution graduate fellow based in the Bell and de Queiroz Labs at the NMNH summer 2017. He collected TONS of morphological data on Lesser Antillean anoles during his visit! Mike received a Smithsonian Institution predoctoral fellowship and will be back at NMNH for a year starting in September 2018.
B.A. Biology, University of Texas, Austin
Ph.D. student Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
Grace is a Smithsonian Institution graduate fellow based in the Bell Lab at the NMNH summer 2018. She is examining variation and evolution in the auditory system of Plethodontid salamanders.
B.A. student Biology, University of Kentucky
Maya is an intern in the NSF-REU Natural History Research Experience program at the National Museum of Natural History in the Bell Lab for summer 2018. She is working with postdoc Dr. Ryan Schott on molecular evolution of vision genes in frogs.
B.A. student Aquatic + Fishery Science, University of Washington
Jonathan is an intern in the NSF-REU Natural History Research Experience program at the National Museum of Natural History in the Bell + de Queiroz Labs for summer 2018. He is working with postdoc Dr. Ivan Prates on morphological diversification in South American anoles.
Type Locality Project Interns!
Gregory Steffensen, James Madison University
Cerrie Mendoza, Eastern Mennonite University
Joe Barron, Cornell University
Greg, Cerrie and Joe are part of our Smithsonian Global Genome Initiative funded project to collect genomic quality samples from salamander type localities in Virginia. They helped with fieldwork, lab work and museum curation.
At a salamander type locality in Virginia
Greg and Cerrie showing a very enthusiastic Sylvain how to be a salamander biologist.
Banner photo: Príncipe Island. The Bell Lab studies the evolutionary history and ecology of amphibians and reptiles of the Gulf of Guinea archipelago in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences (photo by Andrew Stanbridge).