Dr Pedro Braganca

Post Doc Researcher
Dr Pedro Braganca

Research Interests

Integrative taxonomy and Biogeography of African freshwater fishes

In a time of increased biodiversity loss, and impacts over natural environments, Investigating biological diversity and evolution is one of the major goals in taxonomy and systematics. The knowledge over the diversity and distribution of African freshwater fishes, in spite of the recent efforts and research, is still low. However, information about freshwater fish diversity is a key element, especially in developing countries, in which freshwater fish diversity is directly linked with food security, health, and as an indicator of the water quality and ecosystem health.

I am looking to understand African freshwater fish diversification patterns, species diversity, distribution and biogeography, particularly of species occurring in southern Africa, a region historically considered to have a poor fish diversity and to include several widespread species.  My research focus on different families, such as the Amphillidae, Distichodontidae, Cyprinidade and the Procatopodidae, and incorporate up to date practices on integrative taxonomy, phylogenetics and biogeography. In particular, I am interested in approaching long standing taxonomic problematic groups, by using a combination of molecular, external morphology and osteology data. The biogeography research, on the other hand, aims in understanding temporally how the different fish groups evolved in Africa. 

I completed my PhD at Museu Nacional/UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) in Brazil, which included a 9 months period at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren, Belgium. It was directed to understand the relationships within the African family Procatopodidae.

Prof. Wilson Costa (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Prof. Felipe Ottoni (UFMA), Sao Luis, Brazil; Dr. Emmanuel Vreven (RMCA), Tervuren, Belgium; Melanie Stiassny (AMNH), New York, USA; Jouke Van der Zee (RMCA), Tervuren, Belgium.   

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications