Assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Rutgers University-Newark

195 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102

Contact e-mail: m.gehara[at]

Research interest

How speciation mechanisms work across the tree of life is a central part of my research program. To do that, I study non-model organisms, in the field and lab, integrating Population Genetics, Molecular Ecology and Historical Biogeography with the use of Genomics and Bioinformatics tools.


  • Braunschweig Institute of Technology, Germany, Ph.D., 2013

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, M.S., 2009

  • Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, B.S., 2005

Postdoctoral experience

Jun – Dec 2019 Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellow for Bioinformatics American Museum of Natural History – AMNH, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, Central Park West, 79th St., New York, NY

2015-2019 Post-Doctoral researcher at Frank Burbrink’s group
American Museum of Natural History – AMNH, Department of Herpetology, Central Park West, 79th St., New York, NY

2013-2015 Postdoc: Young Talent Postdoc fellowship (BJT-CAPES, Science without borders) at the Graduate Course in Systematics and Evolution, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brasil. Postdoc at Garda’s Lab

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