People

R. Graham Reynolds Ph.D.

PhD Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee Knoxville

BA Biology, Duke University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University and Museum of Comparative Zoology

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts Boston

Director of the University Honors Program
Associate Professor of Biology

Selby and Richard McRae Chancellor’s Scholars Faculty Advisor
Associate, Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology
National Geographic Explorer
Red List Authority (co-chair), IUCN SSC Snake Specialist Group
Associate Editor, Journal of Herpetology

Contact: greynold (at) unca (dot) edu

Phoebe Carnes ’26

Selby and Richard McRae Scholar

Writing about Elk in the Smokies: https://smokiesinformation.org/smokies-live/

Photography

Conservation of Turks and Caicos Boas


Sam Schenker- High School Research Intern

The Asheville School, Asheville, NC

Herpetology, Photography, Jungle Exploration

www.ScaleSnaps.com

Sylvia Hanson ’25

Population genetics of West Indian Boas


Lab Alumni 2016 – Present

Kaya Hall ’25

Selby and Richard McRae Scholar; Conservation and Radio Tracking of Turks and Caicos Boas

Amanda Davis ’24

Population demographics of Turks Island Boas

Ellen Weaver UNC-CH ’24

UNC Chapel Hill visiting research student, Puerto Rican Boa phylogeography

Hailey Wunder ’23

Project 2: Phylogeography of Turks Island Boas

Project 1: Phylogenetics of Monito dwarf geckos

Danielle Weber ’22

Pseudomonas genome sequencing

Maddy Bankard ’22

Population genomics of Virgin Islands boas

Austin Cone ’22

Remote sensing of Conception Island National Park, Bahamas

After the Reynolds Lab became an HPLC/MS technician with Radeas

Willow Ogburn ’22

Phylogenomics of West Indian Boas

After the Reynolds Lab became a Development Associate for EcoForesters https://www.ecoforesters.org/

Alyssa Vanerelli ’21

Biology and phylogenomics of Caribbean reptiles

After the Reynolds Lab became a PhD student in the Geneva Lab at Rutgers-Camden. https://alyssavanerelli.github.io/

Keeley Peek ’21

Spatial ecology of boas, hellbender conservation

After the Reynolds Lab became a DVM student at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Ari Miller ’20

Biodiversity of reptiles, southeast Asian herpetofauna

After the Reynolds Lab became a PhD student at WashU in the Losos Lab

Isabel Johnson ’20

Invasion genetics of Mottled Sculpin

After the Reynolds Lab became a sea turtle technician with Georgia DNR

Molly Reger ’19

Conservation biology of Turks Island boas

After the Reynolds Lab became a DVM student at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Kay Tyrlik ’19

Conservation of Hellbenders; Fulbright Fellow

After the Reynolds Lab became an MS student in Epidemiology at UNC-CH

Alana Nunn ’19

Distribution of South Pacific reptiles

After the Reynolds Lab became a biologist with the Virgin Islands Park Service on St. Croix

Maaian Edery ’19

Phylogeography of Gray-cheeked Salamanders

After the Reynolds Lab became an MS student in Marine Science in the Shashar Lab at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Clair Huffine ’18

Phylogenetics of Puerto Rican dwarf geckos

After the Reynolds Lab became a PhD student in Biochemistry at UC Boulder in the Cameron Lab

Darcy Davis ’18

Phylogenetic comparative analysis of vertebrate methylation rates

After the Reynolds Lab became a DO student at VCOM-Carolinas

Emily Aungst ’18

Conservation genetics of Puerto Rican boas

After the Reynolds Lab became a technician with the EPA and then a MS in Genetic Counseling student at Boise State.

Shannon Bodeau ’19

Population Genetics of Weller’s Salamander

After the Reynolds Lab became an environmental and outdoor educator in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.

Amy Castle ’17

Phylogenetics of Caribbean green anoles

After the Reynolds Lab became a High School science teacher

Robert Chambliss ’16

Biology of Weller’s Salamanders

After the Reynolds Lab became an M.S. student at Western Kentucky University