|In the Lab|
|In the Field|
|Top Ten Species|
Research in the Albert lab explores the spectacular diversity of fishes in tropical South and Central America. The Neotropical ichthyofauna is among the most diverse aquatic ecosystems on Earth, with more than 6,000 species representing about 10% all living vertebrate species.
Why so many fish species in the Amazon and other large tropical river basins?
Projects involve collecting expeditions to remote field localities, descriptions of species new to science, comparative osteology, and phylogenetic analyses of genetic and morphological data.
Results contribute to the documentation of aquatic biodiversity, the production of predictive taxonomies, and a better understanding the formation of megadiverse tropical aquatic asssemblages.