Andreas Chavez

Evolution and Ecology


Dre-B&WAndreas S. Chavez, PhD
NSF and UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Nachman Lab
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology & Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Welcome! I am a postdoc in Michael Nachman’s lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.┬áMy research interests are on the evolutionary and ecological processes that promote diversification and speciation in mammal species. Many of my questions in biology are inspired by natural history and I strive for an integrative research program that synthesizes information from molecular, ecological, and behavioral studies. I completed my PhD in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington in 2013 under Dr. Jim Kenagy. My dissertation focused largely on the evolutionary dynamics of a tree squirrel genus (Tamiasciurus), specifically on aspects related to their diversification and hybridization. I am also strongly interested in the conservation of biodiversity. Prior to my PhD program, I worked as a Federal wildlife biologist on endangered species issues, most notably on gray wolf (Canis lupus) research and conservation in Minnesota and Montana. I also possess a strong desire to improve human diversity in the biology profession. My personal experiences as a biologist in academia and in a government agency have strengthened my desire to help improve access and retention of underrepresented minorities in biology.