Michael Alfaro

Professor and Chair

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2149 Terasaki Life Sciences Building (TLSB)

I am interested in how biodiversity evolves at phylogenetic and global spatial scales. My lab focuses on ray-finned fishes and seeks to understand the myriad forces that have shaped diversification of this lineage into the 33,000+ species found in aquatic ecosystems today. We combine genetic, genomic, and data science approaches to assemble and maintain the most comprehensive phylogeny for fishes and use this framework to understand how historical and contemporary forces impact the dynamics of speciation and extinction in the world’s oceans.


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