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Ana Carnaval PhD

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Ana Carnaval, PhD

Assistant Professor

Marshak Science Building, Room J-526
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031 USA

Office Phone: (212) 650-5099


  1. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Biological Sciences Licenciate, 1993
  2. Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, Zoology M.S., 1997
  3. University of Chicago, Evolutionary Biology Ph.D., 2004
  4. University of California, Berkeley Evolutionary Biogeography Postdoc; 2005-current


Research Interest

Our 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. Our 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.

2009-current: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, The City College, City University of New York
2008-2010: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
2005-2008: NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellow; University of California, Berkeley
2000: Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Chicago
1999: Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Chicago
1994-1997: Public School Teacher (Biol. Sciences); Colégio Pedro II, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1994: Lecturer; Zoology Department, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1993-1994: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1991-1992: Educational Outreach Program Assistant, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Selected Publications
Moritz, C and Carnaval AC. Summer 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.
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.
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.
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. 2007. Action on Amphibian Extinctions: Going beyond the Reductive. Science Electronic Letters 28/08/2007. Available online at
Pounds, A.J., A. C. Carnaval, R. Puschendorf, C. F. B. Haddad, and K. Masters. 2006. Responding to Amphibian Loss. Science 314: 1541.
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.
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.
Eric Waltari (postoc, started 2011)
Ivandy Astor (MSc. student, started 2011)
Barbara Rizzo (undergraduate, started 2011)
Zoe Spanos (undergraduate, started 2010)
Danielle Rivera (undergraduate, started 2010)
Maria Amin (undergraduate, started 2010)