Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Ecological Research, Environmental Sciences
Data Collection Design, Data Management, Database Systems and Infrastructure, Digital Data Curation, Heterogeneous Data Integration, Image Data Processing and Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis, Statistical Modeling

Hernán López-Fernández

Associate Professor and Associate Curator of Fishes

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Program in the Environment

I am interested in the evolutionary processes that originate “mega-diverse” biotic assemblages and the role of ecology in shaping the evolution of diversity. My program studies the evolution of Neotropical freshwater fishes, the most diverse freshwater fish fauna on earth, with an estimate exceeding 7,000 species. My lab combines molecular phylogenetics and phylogeny-based comparative methods to integrate ecology, functional morphology, life histories and geography into analyses of macroevolutionary patterns of freshwater fish diversification. We are also comparing patterns of diversification across major Neotropical fish clades. Relying on fieldwork and natural history collections, we use methods that span