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Ana Carnaval

Assistant Professor

School/Division

Division of Science

Department

Biology

Office

Marshak Science Building MR814 (office) | MR522 (lab)

p: 212-650-5099 (office)

p: 212-650-8588 (lab)

f: 212-650-8585

e: acarnaval@ccny.cuny.edu

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  • Profile

    Dr. Carnaval's lab studies spatial patterns of biodiversity and their underlying evolutionary and ecological processes, with the explicit aim of improving biodiversity prediction and conservation in tropical regions. Their research projects focus on tropical biogeography, integrative uses of comparative phylogeography, GIS-based distribution models, current environmental data and paleoclimatic simulations, and the impacts of global anthropogenic changes and host-pathogen interactions on amphibian diversity. Ongoing lab projects and collaborations involve field work in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, the Cerrado, and the Australian Wet Tropics.


  • Education

    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Evolutionary Biogeography, Berkeley Univ. of California, 2010
    Ph.D.
    in Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, 2005
    M.S.
    in Zoology, Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, 1997
    Biological Sciences Licenciate, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 1993


  • Courses Taught

    Biology V0503 - Evolution (at the Graduate Center)


  • Research Interests

    Ana is interested in spatial patterns of biodiversity and their underlying evolutionary and ecological processes, with the explicit aim of improving biodiversity prediction and conservation in tropical
    regions. Her research projects focus on tropical biogeography, integrative uses of comparative phylogeography, GIS-based distribution models, current environmental data and paleoclimatic simulations, and the impacts of global anthropogenic changes and host-pathogen interactions on amphibian diversity. Ongoing lab projects and collaborations involve field work in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, the Cerrado, and the Australian Wet Tropics.


  • Publications

    Selected Publications

    Carnaval, A.C., M. J. Hickerson, M. T. Rodrigues, C. F. B. Haddad, and C. Mortiz. 2009. Stability predicts genetic diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest hotspot. Science. 323: 785-789.

    Puschendorf, R., A. C. Carnaval, J. VanDerWal, H. Zumbado-Ulate, G. Chaves, F. Bolanos, and R. A. Alford. 2009. Distribution models for the amphibian chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Costa Rica: proposing climatic refuges as conservation tools. Diversity and Distributions. 15: 401-408.

    Carnaval, A.C. and C. Moritz. 2008. Historical climate change predicts current biodiversity patterns in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. Journal of Biogeography. 35: 1187-1201.

    Carnaval, A.C. and J. M. Bates. 2007. Amphibian DNA shows marked genetic structure and tracks Pleistocene climate change in northeastern Brazil. Evolution. 61: 2942-2957.

    Pounds, A.J., A. C. Carnaval, R. Puschendorf, C. F. B. Haddad, and K. Masters. 2006. Responding to Amphibian Loss. Science 314: 1541.

    Other Significant Publications 

    Moritz, C. and Carnaval A.C. 2010. Evolutionary biogeography and conservation on a rapidly changing planet: building on Darwin’s vision. In Darwin Today. W Brown & AC Fabian (editors). Cambridge University Press, UK.

    Moussalli, A., C. Mortiz, S. E. Williams, and A. C. Carnaval. 2009. Variable responses of skinks to a common history of rainforest fluctuation: concordance between phylogeography and palaeo-distribution models. Molecular Ecology. 18: 483-499.

    Pounds, A.J., A. C. Carnaval, R. Puschendorf, C. F. B. Haddad, and K. Masters. 2007. Action on Amphibian Extinctions: Going beyond the Reductive. Science Electronic Letters 28/08/2007. Available online at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/eletters/313/5783/48.

    Eterovick P., A. C. O. Q. Carnaval, D. M. Borges-Nojosa, D. Silvano, M. Segalla, and I. Sazima. 2005. An overview of Brazilian amphibian declines with a new case from Serra do Cipó, State of Minas Gerais. Biotropica 37: 166-179.

    Carnaval A. C. O. Q., R. Puschendorf, O. L. Peixoto, V. Verdade, and M. T. Rodrigues. 2006. Amphibian chytrid fungus widely distributed in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Ecohealth 3, 41-48.


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