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Division of Fishes

Carl Hansen
© Smithsonian Institution
bar Ricardo Betancur
    Ricardo Betancur-R
    Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow

  • E-mail: betancurr[at]
  • E-mail: betanri[at]

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    PO Box 37012, MRC 159
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Ph.D. Auburn University
M.S. Universidad Nacional de Colombia
B.S. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano

Research Interests

My research is broadly concerned with the systematics and evolutionary biology of fishes. Most of my work has been oriented around four major aims: (1) inferring relationships and testing evolutionary hypotheses in the context of such relationships, (2) uncovering the ecological factors that drive morphological and lineage diversification, (3) elucidating patterns and processes in spatial and temporal distributions of species and populations within species, and (4) documenting the diversity of fish faunas. Ultimately, I seek to understand the factors shaping biodiversity at multiple evolutionary scales. I utilize molecular tools and comparative data to address these topics, using fishes as study systems.

Recent Publications

Betancur-R, Ricardo, Wiley, Edward O., Arratia, Gloria, Acero, Arturo, Bailly, Nicolas, Miya, Masaki, Lecointre, Guillaume and Ortí, Guillermo 2017. Phylogenetic classification of bony fishes. BMC evolutionary biology, 17(1): 162 doi:10.1186/s12862-017-0958-3

Arcila, Dahiana, Orti, Guillermo, Vari, Richard, Armbruster, Jonathan W., Stiassny, Melanie L. J., Ko, Kyung D., Sabaj, Mark H., Lundberg, John, Revell, Liam J. and Betancur-R, Ricardo 2017. Genome-wide interrogation advances resolution of recalcitrant groups in the tree of life. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1 doi:10.1038/s41559-016-0020

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