Thamnophilus bernardi shumbae, Bagua Grande, Amazonas, Peru. August 2017
Gustavo A. Bravo
Systematics, ecology, and evolution of Neotropical birds
Welcome to my personal site! I am an evolutionary biologist currently based 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.
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!