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 Peter Buck and Secretary’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow working in the de Queiroz and Bell Labs at the NMNH. Her postdoctoral research leverages museum collections to investigate the reduction of the tympanic middle ear in tetrapods. Molly is starting a faculty position at Utah State University in fall 2020!
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.
Ed is a Peter Buck and Walter Rathbone Bacon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Bell and de Queiroz labs at the NMNH. His postdoc research focuses on using spatially explicit phylogeographic models to test alternative hypotheses regarding species diversification within the savannas of South America. He is also broadly interested in population genomics, trait evolution, and evolutionary genomics.
Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Dan’s current research focuses on the comparative population genomics of African amphibians but his interests span from organismal biology and natural history to phylogeography and macroevolutionary diversification. Dan also develops bioinformatic pipelines for phylogenetic and phylogeographic analyses.
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 in 2018 to continue his research on genetic and phenotypic convergence in Lesser Antillean anoles at NMNH.
B.S. student Biology + Animal Science, Berry College
Jack 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 2019. He is working with postdoc Dr. Ryan Schott on molecular evolution of vision genes across the frog tree of life.
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).