IMGP0733Our knowledge of the history of life on earth and our comprehension of the world has always been attached to our ability to categorize living organisms into species. Yet, we do not have a comprehensive  understanding of how speciation mechanisms work across the tree of life. Understanding speciation processes is a central part of my research program. To do that, I study non-model organisms, mainly reptiles and amphibians, in the field and lab, integrating Population Genetics, Spatial Ecology and Historical Biogeography with the use of Genomics and Bioinformatics tools.


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Current Position
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

Formal Education

Oct 2009 – Jan 2013 PhD, Naturwisenschaft (Zoologie) at the Evolutionary Biology department, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Miguel Vences

March 2007 – Feb 2009 Master in Zoology. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, PUC RS, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Advisor: Dr. Sandro Luiz Bonatto

Feb 2001 – Jun 2005 Biological Sciences. Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, UFJF, Juiz De Fora, Brazil. Advisor: Dr. Artur Andriolo

Contact e-mail: marcelo.gehara[at]



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