News 2/1/14: NSF award

We are pleased to announce that the Farrell Lab is part of an NSF award to study the phylogeny and diversification of Curculionidae (true weevils). More

News 1/1/14: Milton Fund award

We are pleased to announce that the Farrell Lab has been awarded a William F. Milton Fund award to research the evolution of beetle-plant interactions, using next generation sequencing. More

News 7/1/13: NSF grant awarded

NSF Awards Third Round of Grants to Advance Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)

We are proud to announce that the Farrell Lab has been awarded NSF support as part of a collaborative TCN grant. More

Current research

News pictureCurrent research extends the evolution of insect-plant interactions to other trophic levels through a broad collaboration in the beetle Tree of Life project.

A new research dimension in the lab concerns the acoustic signals produced for mating and territory defense. More


collage of insects

The idea that ecology matters to long term evolutionary change was a prominent element in the Modern Synthesis of mid-century that bridged three main areas of evolutionary study: adaptation, speciation, and evolutionary trends. Our general goal to understand this potential interplay of adaptation and historical contingency in ecological and taxonomic diversification, as well as the marks of evolutionary history on community structure. The context of nearly all of our studies is the interaction between insects and plants, ecological associates whose diversity and abundance make them the principal denizens of the terrestrial earth.