Ana Carnaval

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Biology

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Australian Wet Tropics
  • The Cerrado
  • Field Work in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest
  • Conservation in Tropical Regions
  • Improving Biodiversity Prediction
  • Ecological Processes
  • Underlying Evolutionary
  • Spatial Patterns of Biodiversity

Building

Marshak Science Building

Office

814

Phone

212-650-5099

Fax

212-650-8585

Ana Carnaval

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.