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I am a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Bell and de Queiroz Labs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. I study how Amazonia's extraordinary biological diversity came to be, and why it varies in geographic space.

My research seeks to uncover the history of tropical species and clades, particularly lizards, frogs, and snakes. I am interested in whether and how changes in climate and landscape over time (thousands or millions of years) and space (across regions) have shaped the geographic distribution of evolutionary lineages, alleles, and traits.

Outside of the lab, I like to cook, photograph, and take care of my plants. I enjoy reading about anthropology and human history, and discovering music from different cultures. I am also a fearless backpacker who has travelled through 20 countries, and counting!

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Ivan Prates
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