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Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Fishes

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

  • E-mail: betancurr[at]si.edu
  • E-mail: betanri[at]fishphylogeny.org

  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 159
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    National Museum of Natural History
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Fish Phylogeny Lab

Education

Ph.D. Auburn University
M.Sc. Universidad Nacional de Colombia
B.Sc. 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 and Ortí, Guillermo 2014. Molecular evidence for the monophyly of flatfishes (Carangimorpharia: Pleuronectiformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 73: 18-22. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.01.006

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