Brian D. Farrell

Brian D. Farrell

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Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Brian Farrell

Brian D. Farrell is the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Curator in Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Professor Farrell is an authority on coevolution between insects and plants. His studies have shown that some of their associations have coevolved since before dinosaurs up to today, and produced the most diverse groups of species in modern biomes.  His lab has new projects aimed at the coevolution of mosquitoes, their hosts and the pathogens that connect them. Professor Farrell is the author of many dozens of scientific papers and book chapters on the evolution of ecological interactions in the tropics and temperate zones. For over twenty years, Professor Farrell has also spearheaded initiatives to digitize scientific specimens in museums for free sharing via the internet, and is involved in educational projects that use these images. In 2011-2012, he was a Fulbright Scholar to the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Professor Farrell received a BA degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Vermont, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland.

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