News 9/8/14: Prof. Farrell now Director of DRCLAS

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Farrell is now the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies!

"The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment and contemporary affairs of Latin America; to foster cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the Americas; and to contribute to democracy, social progress and sustainable development throughout the hemisphere. "

Read more at the Harvard Gazette(opens in new window)

News 5/15/14: Hoopes Prize

For her outstanding scholarly work, graduating senior Georgia Shelton has been awarded the Hoopes Prize for her senior thesis "The Biodiversity of the Bees at the Arnold Arboretum." Congratulations, Georgia!

News 5/1/14: 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


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.