Pável Matos-Maraví, Ph.D.

My main research interest is evolutionary biology, focusing on historical biogeography and the patterns of phylogenetic diversification of tropical species. My recent work aims to understand the origin and evolution of diverse insect groups, such as butterflies and ants, occurring in a variety of tropical habitats ranging from islands (Caribbean and the Indo-Pacific) to continental settings (the Neotropics).

There are always interesting projects that can be carried out by motivated students. Please, do not hesitate to get in touch if you are looking for a research training in molecular biology (both lab and/or analytical methods) or a Bachelor/Master project.

Short bio

I am from Peru, and my motivation to study tropical biodiversity began during my undergraduate studies in Lima. I worked in a bunch of projects lead by Rina Ramirez aiming to understand the systematics and biogeography of Peruvian land snails. Towards the end of my B.Sc. studies, I was an exchange student at the University of Turku (Finland), where I joined Niklas Wahlberg’s lab. I finished a Master degree under his supervision, and my thesis was on the systematics and biogeography of the Taygetis butterflies. During my stay in Finland I worked on a number of projects aiming to elucidate the historical biogeography and diversification of satyrine butterflies from the Neotropics.

Currently, I working on my PhD projects at the Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences, and at the University of South Bohemia (Ant Research Group), and my main adviser is Milan Janda. The aim of my doctorate studies is to understand the origin and maintenance of ant diversity in the Indo-Pacific. I use molecular methods, such as microsatellites, Sanger and Next Generation sequencing along with ecological and biogeographical data to study the evolution of ant communities at genus, species and population levels. The biological material is unique as it is sampled from several remote localities in New Guinea, while key specimens across the tropical South Pacific are being regularly sent to us by international collaborators.

Research Interests

  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics

  • Molecular Systematics

  • Historical biogeography

  • Phylogenomics

  • Phylogeography

  • Conservation Genetics

In the media

Interview by the academic news web portal Corresponsales.pe (in spanish).