Ana Carolina Carnaval

Ana was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she obtained her undergraduate Biology degree (1993) and a Master’s degree in Zoology from Museu Nacional (1997). She has a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from The University of Chicago (2004), being advised by John Bates at The Field Museum. Before coming to CUNY, where she is now Assistant Professor at The City College Of NY (2010), Ana was an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellow in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, working with Craig Moritz.


Ana is broadly interested in the spatial patterns of biodiversity and their underlying evolutionary and ecological processes, with the explicit aim of improving biodiversity prediction and conservation in tropical regions. Ongoing lab projects and collaborations involve field work in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, the Cerrado, and the Australian Wet Tropics.


Post-Docs & Students

Jason L. Brown


The overarching goal of Jason’s research is to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the interplay between spatial, genetic, ecological and evolutionary processes. He integrates theoretical perspectives on evolution, ecology and population genetics with geospatial, field-based and molecular research to address fundamental questions about speciation, distribution patterns and the processes of generating and maintaining diversity.


Jason’s ongoing projects with the Carnaval Lab are focusing on the integration of generalized dissimilarity models (GDMs), phyloGDMs, and using spatiotemporally explicit demographic and genetic models to investigate the explicit mechanisms underlying the diversification processes and patterns in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil.


Jason’s Google Scholar Page

Ph.D Students

Ivan Prates


Ivan is interested in the evolutionary processes underlying spatial patterns of biodiversity in Neotropical rain forests. Using anoles (Dactyloidae) and bush anoles (Polychrotidae), he is currently investigating how the persistence, accumulation and spatial turnover of Amazonian and Atlantic Forest lizard species have been impacted by i) paleoclimatic stability, ii) biotic exchange between biomes, and iii) environmental gradients, both current and past.

Maria Strangas


After spending two years in the Carnaval Lab as a Lab Technician, Maria joined the group full-time as a PhD Student in Fall 2012. She is interested in the evolutionary consequences of past climate change, and is planning to focus her research on montane lizards in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil.

Amanda Schweitzer


Amanda’s current research interests include host-symbiont interactions in the context of historical climate change.