Photo: Louis Rocha

We are interested in marine ecological and evolutionary processes in the tropics and their implications in the context of global change, management and conservation. Such processes include for example dispersal, adaptation, speciation and adaptive radiation. We work mostly on reef fishes, but are keen to also consider other marine organisms. Our main tool is population genomics, which we often complement with other approaches such as behavior or theory. Recent and ongoing projects in the lab are as varied as the genomic bases of speciation and adaptive radiation, dispersal in the context of artisanal fisheries and marine protected areas, the analysis of color pattern in reef fishes, animal personality, mimicry or the evolution of egg trading in simultaneous hermaphrodites. We have strong links with the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg (, where my professorship is based, as well as with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama ( where I am a Research Associate. See our lab webpage ( for further details, updates and news.