C. David

de Santana PhD

I am an evolutionary ichthyologist exploring, discovering, and understanding diversity and evolution of freshwater fishes. My research is based on scientific collections, fieldwork, bench work. I am engaged in public outreach and minority representation.

At the NMNH I am the principal investigator for the project "Diversity and evolution of Gymnotiformes" of  the Smithsonian and FAPESP cooperation.

Upper Oyapock  River. Photo by C. David de Santana

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Featured papers, expeditions, media coverages & SciComm

Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

2021 - Hunting behavior in eels among 10 most popular scientific discoveries!

Icht & herp

Icht & herp

2021 - Apteronotus albertoi - a rare and critically endangered Species from the Amazon basin

Scientific Reports

Scientific Reports

2021 - The critical role of natural history museums in advancing eDNA for biodiversity studies: a case study with Amazonian fishes

Revista Galileu

Revista Galileu

2021 - Técnica possibilita estudar peixes da Amazônia sem capturar animais

BBC News

BBC News

2021 - Electric eels work together to zap prey

Citizen Science initiative!

Citizen Science initiative!

2021 - Project Poraquê Science made with the help of the community

Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

2021 - Shocking Study Finds Electric Eels Hunt Together

CNN

CNN

2021 - 'Extraordinary' research finds electric eels hunt in packs

Ecology and Evolution

Ecology and Evolution

2021 - Social predation in electric eels Ecology & Evolution 10th Anniversary editors' choice!

The New York Times

The New York Times

2021 - Electric eels hunt in packs, shocking prey and scientists

Nat Geo Magazine

Nat Geo Magazine

2020 - Shocking Behavior by Diana Marques

A Moment of Science

A Moment of Science

2020 - Listen "The origin of the electric eel's electricity" by Sara Loy

Nature Communications

Nature Communications

2019 - Unexpected species diversity in electric eels with a description of the strongest living bioelectricity generator

The New York Times

The New York Times

2019 - New Electric Eel Is Most Shocking Yet by Emma Goldberg

Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

2019 - Electric eels in top 10 most popular discoveries!

Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

2019 - Fish Detective Solves a Shocking Case of Mistaken Identity

A Moment of Science

A Moment of Science

2019 - Listen "Scientists discover two new species of eel" by Sara Loy

Smithsonian Voices

Smithsonian Voices

2018 - Discovery and Danger: The Shocking Fishes of the Amazon's Final Frontier

Nat Geo Blog

Nat Geo Blog

2018 - Fishes of Amazon's Last Frontiers

Media 

Appearances

Research

 Highlights

In the media

Scientific

 Expeditions

Human impacts on Tropical aquatic systems are at it highest levels. Scientific expeditions to explore, survey, and document those environments before they disappear are more important than ever! For this reason we are conducting expeditions to poorly explored regions in Africa (starting next year) and South America twice per year!

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Neon tetra
Amazon leaffish
upper Oyapock River 2019
Pufferfish
Team in Manaus 2019
Team at Flona Amapá 2019
Rapids at Branco River 2018
Team at Oyapock River 2019
Copenname River 2018

The Next Big  Thing

What's next?

"It's Electric!"

Research and outreach program on electric fishes at Museum für Naturkunde! Stay tuned!