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Melissa Rincon-Sandoval

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Melissa Rincon-Sandoval

Postdoctoral Researcher

Betancur Lab


Ph.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota

M.S., Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Research Interests

I obtained my M.Sc. from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia). My dissertation focused on studying contemporary geographic distribution patterns of neotropical freshwater fishes using target capture methods in combination with complete mitochondrial genomes obtained for five species (>150 individuals) collected from eight major river basins in Northwestern South America and Lower Central America. With this work, we identified four major phylogeographic patterns, interpreted as shared responses to the complex uplifting and orogenic processes that modified or sundered watersheds, allowing co-diversification and speciation over geological time. I am interested in population genomics, comparative phylogeography, phylogenomics, and evolution of fishes. At the Fish Evolution Lab, my postdoctoral research has focused on the phylogenomics and evolutionary convergence of body shape in snappers and fusiliers along the benthic-pelagic axis. I am also involved on a project aimed at investigating the evolutionary mechanisms that have driven adaptive radiations in marine-derived freshwater fishes using whole-genome sequencing and phylogenetic comparative approaches.

Representative Publications

Rincon-Sandoval, M., Duarte-Ribeiro, E., Davis, A. M., Santaquiteria, A., Hughes, L. C.,  Baldwin, C.,   Soto-Torres, L., Walker, H.J., Carpenter, K.E., Sheaves, M., Ortí, G., Arcila, D., Betancur-R, R. Evolutionary determinism and convergence associated with water-column transitions in marine fishes. To be submitted.

Rincon-Sandoval, M., Betancur-R., R. & J. Maldonado-Ocampo. 2019. Comparative phylogeography of trans-Andean freshwater fishes based on genome-wide nuclear and mitochondrial markers. Molecular Ecology 28 (5): 1096-1115.