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Lara Valéria Couto Baptista

Lara Valéria Couto Baptista

PhD Student

PhD Student
Member type
CIBIO-InBIO, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade dos Açores, Rua Mãe de Deus, 13A. 9501-855 Ponta Delgada

Evolutionary processes operating in marine life on remote archipelagos such as the Azores constitute my main interest of research, as they are often overlooked. Currently I am interested in unravelling the mode of evolution of marine invertebrate taxa remote oceanic islands, by applying population genetics and phylogeographic approaches to selected gastropods and bryozoan species naturally occurring in the northeast Atlantic Ocean, with contrasting types of larval development. By integrating knowledge from several sources (genetics, oceanography, paleontology, geology, and ecology), I hope to enlighten the diversity and biogeographical patterns observed in marine invertebrates, clarify the evolution of life in remote islands and understand the role of seamounts, ocean-currents and periodic climatic changes in the long-distance dispersal/invasion process of the archipelago. 

I hold a BSc in Genetics and Biotechnology and completed my MSc in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution in November 2017, presenting a project entitled "Phylogenetic analysis of the family Rissoidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Azores Archipelago”, under the supervision of Sérgio Ávila, António Múrias dos Santos and Pilar Cabezas. Integrating information from several sources, this work aimed to shed light on the evolution of these organisms in the northeast Atlantic and to explain their current distribution and biogeographical patterns in the Azores. 


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