Prof. Farrell spent one year at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in the Dominican Republic as a Fulbright Scholar.
Current 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
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.