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Adjunct Professor, Evolutionary Biology, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Biology, UNC-CH

A central focus of my research investigates how biodiversity is generated and maintained in the Neotropics and more particularly on the Galapagos islands, a hotspot for evolutionary studies. I put special emphasis on understanding the link between molecules and phenotype to understand the formation of species and the role of environment in shaping populations, including anthropogenic events. Combining molecular genetics and field biology, I explore evolutionary questions at the levels of populations (speciation-in-action), species (phylogeography and systematics), and apply these data to conservation efforts (conservation genetics). My projects are based on international multidisciplinary collaborations involving local students and communities.

Read more about Dr. Chaves’ work here.