Research Associate
National Museum of Natural History

C. David

de Santana PhD

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

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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 fall) and South America twice per year!

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The Next Big  Thing

What's new?

"It's Electric!"

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

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