Andreas S. Chavez, PhD
NSF and UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
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. My 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.