Thamnophilus bernardi shumbae, Bagua Grande, Amazonas, Peru. August 2017
Gustavo A. Bravo
Curator of Ornithology
Systematics, ecology, and evolution of Neotropical birds
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt
Colección de Aves y Colección de Huevos Cornelis J. Marinkelle
Carrera 8 # 15 - 08, Claustro de San Agustín
Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
Associate – Harvard University
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Last edited September 25, 2023
Welcome to my personal site! I am an evolutionary ornithologist based at the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt as Curator of Birds. Also, I am currently an Associate at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I am a museum-trained evolutionary biologist, and my primary interests are in systematics and evolutionary biology of birds. My research revolves around the integration of fieldwork, museum specimens, high-throughput genomic technologies, and bioinformatic tools to infer phylogenetic hypotheses and perform comparative genomic and phenotypic analyses at various spatial and temporal scales.
4 November 2021 – Our review on the first 500 avian genomes was published today!
2 November 2021 – Co-advised PhD student Gabriel Macedo published today the first paper of his dissertation in Animal Behaviour. Check it out!
17 August 2021 – Today I started my new position as Curator of Ornithology at the Instituto Humboldt!
28 July 2021 – We just published and updated version of the birds of Brazil. You can also get the supplementary materials, a Portuguese version of the manuscript, and the list in spreadsheet format. Finally, this press release briefly describes the ongoing efforts to make the Brazilian Ornithological Records Committee more inclusive in such way that it truly represents the Brazilian ornithological community.
29 April 2021 – Check out this interview about my career with friends at Fragmentos de Okazaki podcast!
06 January 2021 – I recently found out that I was awarded the Harvard College Special Commendation – Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times. This is a special recognition by students for how we managed to transition to online teaching during the pandemic.
11 December 2020 – Our manuscript presenting a species-level phylogeny of the suboscine passerines was published today in Science! A niece perspective piece by Hélène Morlon was published along.
Some popular press in English can be found here:
Some popular press in Spanish can be found here.
10 November 2020 – Our manuscript with formerly co-advised PhD student Fernanda Bocalini on the demographic history of birds in the northern Atlantic Forest birds is out!
11 October 2020 – Our manuscript with former undergraduate student Eamon Corbett on the phylogeography and demographic history of Phacellodomus rufifrons is out! Congrats, Eamon!
20 July 2020 – Our manuscript on the evolutionary history of the Grallaria rufula complex is out!
17 April 2020 – Our manuscript with formerly co-advised PhD student Sergio Bolívar on the phylogeography of Thamnophilus caerulescens is out!
4 October 2019 – Co-advised PhD student, Fernanda Bocalini, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of São Paulo!
4 September 2019 – We are back in Cambridge after a successful 3-week field expedition in the dry forests of the Tumbesian region of northern Peru!
8 August 2019 – Co-advised PhD student, Sergio Bolívar, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of São Paulo!
03 June 2019 – Our peer-reviewed manuscript on the importance of phenotypic data to study the genomic basis of convergent evolution just came out! Check it out!
08 April 2019 – Check out our preprint on the phylogeny of the elusive Scytalopus tapaculos!
01 April 2019 – Our manuscript on the passerine phylogeny is out in PNAS! Check it out!
12 March 2019 – Check out our preprint on the importance of phenotypic data to study the genomic basis of convergent evolution!
14 February 2019 – Our review on coalescent-based phylogenomics is out in the PeerJ! Check it out!
14 December 2018 – Co-advised PhD student, Ariane Gouvêa, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of São Paulo!
29 November 2018 – Check out here our description of a new genus of antpitta endemic to the Atlantic Forest of Brazil!
26 October 2018 – Co-advised Masters student, Renata Beco, successfully defended her Masters at the University of São Paulo!
20 August 2018 – Check out here some of my thoughts (in Spanish) about scientific collections for the Colombian outreach initiative Café Ciencia pa Sumercé!
13 June 2018 – NSF-FAPESP Dimensions Grant awarded!! We'll be working on a project called "Traits as predictors of adaptive diversification along the Brazilian Dry Diagonal" during the next years!
26 April 2018 – Check out our new paper on species limits of Grallaricula ferrugineipectus here
16 March 2018 – Co-advised Masters student, Diego Cueva, successfully defended his Masters at the University of São Paulo!
30 January 2018 – Check out our preprint containing some thoughts on the thriving field of phylogenomics here
10 January 2018 – Check out our paper on the biogeographic history of lowland antpittas here
10 December 2017 – Co-advised Masters student, Renata Beco, arrived at Harvard to conduct research at MCZ, AMNH and LSUMNS.
12 December 2017 – Co-advised Masters student, Cristiane Apolinário, successfully defended her Masters at the University of São Paulo!
22 November 2017 – Putnam Expedition Grant approved to do fieldwork in Tumbes, Peru in the Summer of 2018!
4 July 2017 – Co-advised Doctoral student, Ariane Gouvêa, arrived at Harvard to conduct her genomic lab work.
20 June 2017 – Co-advised Masters student, Diego Cueva, arrived at Harvard to conduct his genomic lab work.
22 September 2016 – Co-advised Masters student, Renata Beco, has been awarded a FAPESP Fellowship!
1 September 2016 – I jut started my new position at Harvard!
20 March 2016 – In September 2016 I will join Dr. Scott Edwards' Lab atHarvard University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate!
1 March 2016 – Co-advised Masters student, Diego Cueva, has been awarded a FAPESP Fellowship!
31 Dec 2015 – Our checklist of the birds of Brazil is out!
19 Dec 2015 – Co-advised doctoral students, Sergio Bolívar and Fernanda Bocalini, have been awarded FAPESP Doctoral Fellowships!
18 Nov 2015 – Early view version of the bay-backed antpittas paper can be seen here!
10 Nov 2015 – New paper accepted in Molecular Ecology on the biogeography and evolution of the bay-backed antpittas!