Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Rayna Bell

Research Zoologist and Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles
Department / Division
Education
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
Research Interests
Ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on island biogeography, hybrid zones, and coloration phenotypes.
Ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on island biogeography, hybrid zones, and coloration phenotypes.
Publications
Article
  • Zamudio, Kelly R., Bell, Rayna C., Nali, Renato C., Haddad, Célio F. B., and Prado, Cynthia P. A. 2016. "Polyandry, Predation, and the Evolution of Frog Reproductive Modes." American Naturalist 188:S41–S61. https://doi.org/10.1086/687547
  • Bell, Rayna C., Drewes, Robert C., Channing, Alan, Gvoždík, Václav, Kielgast, Jos, Lötters, Stefan, Stuart, Bryan L., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2015. "Overseas dispersal of Hyperolius reed frogs from Central Africa to the oceanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe." Journal of Biogeography 42 (1):65–75. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12412
  • Bell, Rayna C., Drewes, Robert C., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2015. "Reed frog diversification in the Gulf of Guinea: Overseas dispersal, the progression rule, and speciation." Evolution 69 (4):904–915. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12623
  • Barej, Michael F., Rödel, Mark-Oliver, Loader, Simon P., Menegon, Michele, Gonwouo, Nono L., Penner, Johannes, Gvoždík, Václav, Günther, Rainer, Bell, Rayna C., Nagel, Peter, and Schmitz, Andreas. 2014. "Light shines through the spindrift – Phylogeny of African torrent frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Petropedetidae)." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 71:261–273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2013.11.001
  • Titus, Valorie R., Bell, Rayna C., Becker, C. G., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2014. "Connectivity and gene flow among Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) populations in highly modified anthropogenic landscapes." Conservation Genetics 15 (6):1447–1462. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-014-0629-5
  • Bell, Rayna C., Belmaker, Amos, Couch, Courtney S., Marchetto, Katherine M., Simonis, Joseph L., Thomas, R. Q., Sparks, Jed P., Brown, Julia M., Francisco, Kainana S., and Manuel, Mark E. 2013. "Effectiveness of Erythrina gall wasp biocontrol and implications for the recovery of threatened Wiliwili trees (Fabaceae: Erythrina sandwicensis) 1." Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 140 (2):215–224. https://doi.org/10.3159/TORREY-D-12-00069.1
  • Hydeman, Marina E., Bell, Rayna C., Drewes, Robert C., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2013. "Amphibian chytrid fungus confirmed in endemic frogs and caecilians on the island of São Tomé, Africa." Herpetological Review 44:254–257.
  • Bell, Rayna C., Brasileiro, Cinthia A., Haddad, Célio F. B., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2012. "Evolutionary history of Scinax treefrogs on land-bridge islands in south-eastern Brazil." Journal of Biogeography 39 (9):1733–1742. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02708.x
  • Bell, Rayna C., Mackenzie, Jason B., Hickerson, Michael J., Chavarria, Krystle L., Cunningham, Michael, Williams, Stephen E., and Moritz, Craig. 2012. "Comparative multi-locus phylogeography confirms multiple vicariance events in co-distributed rainforest frogs." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1730):991–999. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2011.1229
  • Bell, Rayna C. and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2012. "Sexual dichromatism in frogs: natural selection, sexual selection and unexpected diversity." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1748):4687–4693. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.1609
  • deCarvalho, Tagide N., Fergus, Daniel J., Bell, Rayna C., and Shaw, Kerry L. 2012. "Rhythmic male reproductive behavior controls timing of courtship and mating in Laupala cerasina." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66 (9):1333–1340. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-012-1388-2
  • Bell, Rayna C., Gata Garcia, Adriana V., Stuart, Bryan L., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2011. "High Prevalence of the Amphibian Chytrid Pathogen in Gabon." EcoHealth 8 (1):116–120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-010-0364-4
  • Bell, Rayna C., Parra, Juan L., Tonione, Maria, Hoskin, Conrad J., Mackenzie, Jason B., Williams, Stephen E., and Moritz, Craig. 2010. "Patterns of persistence and isolation indicate resilience to climate change in montane rainforest lizards." Molecular ecology 19 (12):2531–2544. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04676.x

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Article
  • Zamudio, Kelly R., Bell, Rayna C., Nali, Renato C., Haddad, Célio F. B., and Prado, Cynthia P. A. 2016. "Polyandry, Predation, and the Evolution of Frog Reproductive Modes." American Naturalist 188:S41–S61. https://doi.org/10.1086/687547
  • Bell, Rayna C., Drewes, Robert C., Channing, Alan, Gvoždík, Václav, Kielgast, Jos, Lötters, Stefan, Stuart, Bryan L., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2015. "Overseas dispersal of Hyperolius reed frogs from Central Africa to the oceanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe." Journal of Biogeography 42 (1):65–75. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12412
  • Bell, Rayna C., Drewes, Robert C., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2015. "Reed frog diversification in the Gulf of Guinea: Overseas dispersal, the progression rule, and speciation." Evolution 69 (4):904–915. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12623
  • Barej, Michael F., Rödel, Mark-Oliver, Loader, Simon P., Menegon, Michele, Gonwouo, Nono L., Penner, Johannes, Gvoždík, Václav, Günther, Rainer, Bell, Rayna C., Nagel, Peter, and Schmitz, Andreas. 2014. "Light shines through the spindrift – Phylogeny of African torrent frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Petropedetidae)." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 71:261–273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2013.11.001
  • Titus, Valorie R., Bell, Rayna C., Becker, C. G., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2014. "Connectivity and gene flow among Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) populations in highly modified anthropogenic landscapes." Conservation Genetics 15 (6):1447–1462. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-014-0629-5
  • Bell, Rayna C., Belmaker, Amos, Couch, Courtney S., Marchetto, Katherine M., Simonis, Joseph L., Thomas, R. Q., Sparks, Jed P., Brown, Julia M., Francisco, Kainana S., and Manuel, Mark E. 2013. "Effectiveness of Erythrina gall wasp biocontrol and implications for the recovery of threatened Wiliwili trees (Fabaceae: Erythrina sandwicensis) 1." Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 140 (2):215–224. https://doi.org/10.3159/TORREY-D-12-00069.1
  • Hydeman, Marina E., Bell, Rayna C., Drewes, Robert C., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2013. "Amphibian chytrid fungus confirmed in endemic frogs and caecilians on the island of São Tomé, Africa." Herpetological Review 44:254–257.
  • Bell, Rayna C., Brasileiro, Cinthia A., Haddad, Célio F. B., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2012. "Evolutionary history of Scinax treefrogs on land-bridge islands in south-eastern Brazil." Journal of Biogeography 39 (9):1733–1742. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02708.x
  • Bell, Rayna C., Mackenzie, Jason B., Hickerson, Michael J., Chavarria, Krystle L., Cunningham, Michael, Williams, Stephen E., and Moritz, Craig. 2012. "Comparative multi-locus phylogeography confirms multiple vicariance events in co-distributed rainforest frogs." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1730):991–999. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2011.1229
  • Bell, Rayna C. and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2012. "Sexual dichromatism in frogs: natural selection, sexual selection and unexpected diversity." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1748):4687–4693. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.1609
  • deCarvalho, Tagide N., Fergus, Daniel J., Bell, Rayna C., and Shaw, Kerry L. 2012. "Rhythmic male reproductive behavior controls timing of courtship and mating in Laupala cerasina." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66 (9):1333–1340. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-012-1388-2
  • Bell, Rayna C., Gata Garcia, Adriana V., Stuart, Bryan L., and Zamudio, Kelly R. 2011. "High Prevalence of the Amphibian Chytrid Pathogen in Gabon." EcoHealth 8 (1):116–120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-010-0364-4
  • Bell, Rayna C., Parra, Juan L., Tonione, Maria, Hoskin, Conrad J., Mackenzie, Jason B., Williams, Stephen E., and Moritz, Craig. 2010. "Patterns of persistence and isolation indicate resilience to climate change in montane rainforest lizards." Molecular ecology 19 (12):2531–2544. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04676.x

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