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Elisabeth Arévalo

Molecular Evolution

Associate Professor





Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1992.

MS., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1988. 

B.S., Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 1984.



Contact Information 


Phone: 401-865-2158 (office) x 1604 (lab)

Office: Sowa 221



I am interested in many aspects of evolutionary biology, including phylogenetics, speciation, and social evolution. I have combined field observations and molecular techniques to address questions in a phylogenetic framework. I have used lizards and wasps as model organisms. I have worked on the phylogenetics and molecular evolution of these model organisms and more recently on the reproduction of social wasps, contrasting the biology and social structure of tropical vs. temperate species. The common element in these projects has been the use of molecular tools and a focus on molecular evolution.


Recent Publications:


Marshall, J.C.; E. Arévalo; E. Benavides; J.L. Sites, and J.W. Sites, JR. 2006. Delimiting species: comparing methods for mendelian characters using lizards of the Sceloporus grammicus (Squamata:Phrynosomatidae) complex. Evolution 60(5): 1050-1065.


Belliveau, J.F.; E. Arévalo; H. Griffin; and H.J. Wanebo. 2005. Isolated pelvic perfusion: plasma pharmacokinetics depend primarily on drug dosage and not the type of drug. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology. 55: 318–322.


Degnan, P.; and E. Arévalo. 2004. Isolation of Microsatellite Loci in Sceloporus grammicus (Squamata, Phrynosomatidae). American Journal of Undergraduate Research 2(4): 1-11.


Arévalo, E.; Y. Zhu; James M. Carpenter; and J.E. Strassmann. A. 2004. The phylogeny of the social wasp subfamily Polistinae: evidence from microsatellite flanking sequences, mitochondrial COI sequence, and morphological characters. BMC Evolutionary Biology 4:8.


Dani, F.; K.R. Foster; F. Zacchi; P. Seppä; A. Massolo; A. Carelli; E. Arévalo, D.C. Queller; J.E. Strassmann; and S. Turillazzi. 2004. Can cuticular lipids provide sufficient information for colony nepotism in wasps? Proceedings: Biological Sciences 271(1540): 745 – 753.


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