Rachel Bell Burten

photo of Rachel b. (Bell) Burten

PhD Candidate

B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species, Columbia University, May 2016

Advisor: Jason M. Kamilar

Research Interests

My research interests are broad and include the microbiome, phylogenetic comparative methods, primate ecology and evolution, and biogeography. I am interested in connecting these research areas to conservation. My dissertation research focuses on how the environment and host evolutionary relationships affect the microbiota of wild and captive lemurs.


Kitrinos, C., Bell, R.B., Bradley, B.J., Kamilar, J.M. (2022). Hair and skin microbiome diversity within and across primate species. mSystems e00478-22. https://doi.org/10.1128/msystems.00478-22

Bell, R.B., Bradley, B.J., Kamilar, J.M. (2021). The Evolutionary Ecology of Primate Hair Coloration: A Phylogenetic Approach. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 28: 911-927. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10914-021-09547-8

Carpenter, K., Bell, R.B., Yunus, J., Amon, A., and Berchowitz, L.E. (2018). Phosphorylation-mediated clearance of amyloid-like assemblies in meiosis. Developmental Cell 45, 3: 392-405. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2018.04.001