Department Directory







Department Chair: Rita Mehta Department Manager: Stephanie Zakarian
Graduate Program Coordinator: Judy Straub Department Assistant: Eva Chudnow
Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Lead Advisor: Rexton Lynn Undergraduate Advisor:
Biology Teaching Laboratory and Facilities Support Technician: Nicole Hack
Department Office: (831) 459-5358 Administrative Office: CBB, Room 207, 209
Giacomo Bernardi
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  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
    • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Long Marine Lab Ocean Health Building, A248
    • Center For Ocean Health
  • Office Hours by appointment
  • Mail Stop Long Marine Lab
  • Mailing Address
    • 100 Shaffer Road
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060

Research Interests

Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Fishes

Our laboratory research focuses on understanding speciation mechanisms in marine organisms. We have elected to specifically work on fishes as model systems. To approach this vast question, we mainly investigate two different fields of molecular evolution:

* Molecular phylogenetics: We are interested in understanding phylogenetic relationships between species complexes that correspond either to large groups (Scarids) of fishes, or to species that are in the process of speciation (i.e., Girella, Dascyllus).
* Population genetics: We are generally interested in studying the relationships between dispersal capabilities and gene flow in fish populations.

Our main areas of investigation are the temperate and subtropical Eastern Pacific, the Sea of Cortez, and the Indo-West Pacific.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Paris
Post-Doc at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University