Welcome to my website!

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in how population-level processes contribute to biological diversification. I am currently a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow based in the de Queiroz and Bell Labs at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


My research infers the demographic history of species from genetic data to understand how organisms respond to environmental change through time. I also investigate how organisms adapt to local habitats and how adaptation contributes to speciation and phenotypic diversification.

Outside of the lab, I like to cook, photograph, and take care of my plants. I enjoy reading about ethnography and human history and discovering music from different cultures. I am also a fearless backpacker who has traveled over 21 countries and counting!

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Ivan Prates
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