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Molecular Ecology and Evolution
Evolutionary Genetics - EG

Ana Rita Gabirro Teixeira do Amaral

Post-Doc Researcher

I received a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Lisbon in 2011 and I am currently working in the Evolutionary Genetics research group of cE3c. I am a postdoctoral researcher and my research focuses on the evolutionary history, speciation and conservation genetics of cetacean species. 

For many years I have been involved in the study of phylogeography and phylogenetics of dolphins in the subfamily Delphininae. More recently I have also been studying hybrid speciation and conservation genetics of whales and dolphin species from the Indian Ocean.

I currently collaborate with researchers from the American Museum of Natural History (USA), the Wildlife Conservation Society (USA) and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in several projects involving conservation genetics of whales and dolphin species in the Indian Ocean and phylogenomics of the subfamily Delphininae.

My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) to understand the patterns and processes driving the evolution and speciation of dolphin and whale species; ii) to understand the barriers that prevent gene flow in the marine environment and that lead to population structure in marine mammals; iii) to understand the mechanisms involved in the establishment of reproductive isolation between cetacean species.

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