UNC Asheville Biology Professor Graham Reynolds Appointed as an Associate of Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology

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Graham Reynolds, assistant professor of biology at UNC Asheville, has been appointed as an associate of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University. This invited appointment provides associates with access to institution resources such as specimen collections, libraries, and Museum facilities. The appointment is for up to five years, and begins July 1.

“I envision that this will be a fantastic opportunity to continue to expand our research program in direct collaboration with colleagues at Harvard, as well as involve UNC Asheville students in museum-based projects,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds made headlines last year when he led an expedition team from the MCZ in the discovery of a new species of boid snake, named the Silver Boa, Chilabothrus argentum. It was the first new species of boa discovered in situ in the Caribbean since the 1940s and brings the total known species of West Indian boas to 12.

Reynolds was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 2014-2016, where he held appointments in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Herpetology at the MCZ. There he worked on the genetics and evolution of the Cuban Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, across the Caribbean Basin.

Reynolds earned a Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying population genetics of reptiles in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He earned a B.A. from Duke University in 2004, where he studied poison dart frog behavior in Panama. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Boston from 2011-2013, where he studied phylogenetics and conservation genetics of Caribbean reptiles.

The Museum of Comparative Zoology is located on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21-million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard, and outside students and researchers. The MCZ also houses the Ernst Mayr Library and the Harvard Museum of Natural History.