3 views of the palm weevil Macrocheirus prob. praetor

Cover article for Ecology and Evolution

March 30, 2021

Now available in Ecology and Evolution: Brian, Bruno, and colleague M. Lourdes Chamorro's article "First phylogenetic analysis of Dryophthorinae (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) based on structural alignment of ribosomal DNA reveals Cenozoic diversification."

"Dryophthorinae is an economically important, ecologically distinct, and ubiquitous monophyletic group of pantropical weevils with more than 1,200 species in 153 genera. This study provides the first comprehensive phylogeny of the group with the aim to provide insights into the...

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Orange-red milkweed beetle on common milkweed

Brian awarded DRCLAS Faculty Grant

July 13, 2020

Brian has been awarded funding from DRCLAS to research "The evolutionary history and timing of the Tetraopes beetle diversification in Mesoamerica." Congratulations to Brian and to Sang Il, who will be collaborating on this!

Thank you, DRCLAS, for your support!

Sangil Kim holding an Anoplophora outdoors, trees in background

Sang Il awarded Coleopterists Society GSREA!

May 26, 2020
Congratulations to Sang Il Kim, awarded the Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award (Program Award) from The Coleopterists Society for his project, "Target enrichment phylogenomics of longhorned beetle genus Anoplophora Hope, 1839 (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) with emphasis on their adaptation to the temperate zone."
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EVENT: Everything we touch, touches us back: Culture, Biology, and Health

May 21, 2020


On May 21, Brian presented "Everything we touch, touches us back: Culture, Biology, and Health." To view this talk, with Q&A at the end, please visit:

We are shaped by an immensely long evolutionary history living in nature as a social species, a million years of days spent with family and clan in a struggle...

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Alyssa & Sang Il awarded Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching

April 30, 2020

The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning has announced the recipients of their Fall 2019 teaching awards. We are pleased to learn that both Alyssa Hernandez and Sang Il Kim have been awarded Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching.

Alyssa was awarded as a Teaching Fellow for OEB 10: Foundations of Biological Diversity

Sang Il was awarded as a Teaching Fellow for OEB 275R: Phylogenetics and Phylogeography in the Era of Genomics. 


Remotely available as of March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020
All members of the Farrell Lab, as members of the Harvard community, are currently working remotely. If you need to contact us, we request that you please do so via email for the time being. Thank you, and be well!
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Sang Il wins award at ESA 2019

November 29, 2019

Congratulations to Sang Il Kim! He received 2nd place in the graduate student oral competition (SysEB, Taxonomy and Diversity) for the President's Prize, at the 2019 Entomological Society of America National Meeting for his talk: "Target enrichment adds values to history: DNA mining from museum specimens"

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Amazon blazes could speed climate change

August 28, 2019

Brian discusses the Amazon's fire crisis with Colleen Walsh of The Harvard Gazette:

"But the very fact that we could reach the tipping point this year should be enough to focus world attention on this crisis, just as if an asteroid were headed toward Earth. Where it lands is not the concern only of the country impacted, but everyone on the planet. The Amazon fire is like that, a local problem of global significance."

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