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Gabriela Bittencourt-Silva

University of Basel
Institute of Biogeography
Klingelbergstr. 27, Büro 1.08
CH-4056 Basel

Tel:  +41 (0)61-267 07 22
Fax: +41-61-267 08 01


PhD Student


Research group
Historical Biogeography and Systematics


Research topics
Lacuna Mozambique – Completing the Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot Jigsaw: I am trying to understand the biological diversity of the highland fauna of Mozambique, which is one of the poorest known countries on the African continent. During my PhD I will conduct a study combining species distribution modeling (SDM) and phylogenetic approaches to predict biodiversity patterns in Mozambique and its relation to adjacent countries, focusing on the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity hotspot regions which runs from South Africa to Ethiopia, and including Mozambique.

Geographic investigation area
Highland areas of Mozambique

Research interests
Hsitorical biogeography – Biodiversity patterns - Molecular systematics - Phylogenetic diversification of amphibians

2009 – 2011 MSc in Animal Biology, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (thesis: “Insular anuran communities of the southeastern coast of Brazil: taxonomic composition and relationship with the islands formation”; supervised by Dr. Hélio Ricardo da Silva)
2001 – 2006 BSc in Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Short-term courses and work experience:
2010: Workshop on Anuran Taxonomy at UNESP – Rio Claro, Brazil
2009: Workshop on “Advances in Evolution, Phylogenetics and Functional Genomics: The New Tree of Life” at Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007: Intern on the project “Behavioral biology and conservation of the Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) in the Cerrado of Minas Gerais state). The research involved the maned wolf as a model species to promote conservation of regional biodiversity and to address other environmental issues related to society and assessing the relationship of farmers with the environment.

Brazil, French Guyana, India and Tanzania




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