Tomas Hrbek

CV Lattes


Ph.D. 1999 with Allan Larson; postdoc 2001 with Axel Meyer; postdoc 2004 with James Cheverud


2010 - present Assistant professor of Genetics, Instituto de Ciências Naturales, Universidade Fededal do Amazonas (UFAM)

2005 - present Adjunct researcher of Genetics, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)

2005 - present Assistant and Associate professor of Biology, University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras (CN - UPR) - (currently on leave of absence)

2002 - 2004 Postdoctoral research associate in Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM)

1999 - 2002 NSF Postdoctoral research associate in Department of Zoology, University of Konstanz (UK)


1993 - 1999 Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Population Biology at Washington University (WUSTL)

1988 - 1992 B.S. in Biochemistry at Binghamton University (BU)

Research interests

I am interested in using molecular phylogenetic, population genetic and quantitative genetic methods as well as geometric morphometrics to investigate patterns and processes of diversification in Neotropical organisms.  Studies focus primarily on fishes, but also include lizards, aquatic mammals, crocodilians, butterflies and hard corals. Within a recently funded SISBIOTA project, I am also using DNA barcoding to access taxonomic diversity of nine vertebrate groups (fishes, birds, bats, rodents, marsupials, primates, amphibians, lizards and snakes), and to investigate phylogenetic community structuring in these groups. Another line of research focuses on the use of geometric morphometric methods to study the evolution of shape and functional morphology Amazonian rheophilic fishes in phylogenetic context. Nearly all studies have field components, and most students participate in field work.

I encourage and expect my students to independently develop projects and to actively engage in their research. As upcoming professionals I also encourage my students to seek sources of funding for their studies and for field research. During their graduate studies, I expect my students to dedicate themselves to their studies and research, and to produce high quality work suitable for publication in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals that eventually will allow them to become professionals in their chosen fields.

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