I am an organismal evolutionary biologist and I integrate genomic techniques with field biology to study diversification in amphibians and reptiles. Prior to joining the Herpetology Department at the Academy, I completed a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at U.C. Berkeley, and I served as Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

The overarching goal of my research is to understand how micro-evolutionary processes interact with organismal traits to generate diversity in natural populations. Conserving biodiversity in an uncertain future is what initially motivated my interests in evolutionary research; thus, biodiversity discovery, science communication, and capacity building for research in Central Africa are core elements of my research program.

 

Contact Info

Herpetology
(415) 379-5351
rbell@calacademy.org