Emanuell Duarte Ribeiro

PostDoc in the group of Prof. Walter Salzburger

Current Research

My interest in the finned creatures tracks back to my childhood growing up on the Brazilian Northeast coast. At that time, nothing was more interesting than a fisherman's basket. Hairtails, tarpons, robalos, lookdowns, and pompanos were among the frequent catches—all this diversity of finned creatures fascinated me and subconsciously drove my professional career. During the last 10 years, I have worked in some of the most diverse ecosystems (including the Amazon basin, the Caribbean reefs, and the American Pacific coast), which have provided me with a broad understanding of the factors shaping biodiversity at multiple ecological and evolutionary scales. More recently, I've been thrilled by the convergent evolution of almost identical phenotypes in response to similar environmental challenges along the water column (i.e., the benthic-pelagic axis). Together with Walter Salzburger's lab, I will integrate genomics, phenomics, and ecological data for nearly all 250 cichlid species endemic to Lake Tanganyika to assess the importance of convergent genomic variation in the evolution of those repeated phenotypes from a macroevolutionary perspective.

From 2022 Postdoctoral fellow at the Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland (EMBO)
2019-2022 Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Oklahoma, USA
2015 Transferred; Ph.D. in Biology, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
2011 - 2013 M.Sc. in Genetics, Conservation, and Evolutionary Biology, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil