Luís Cunha M.Sc. Ph.D

In love with Invertebrates and their Genomes (a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow)

I am an environmental biologist/bioinformatician specialized in invertebrate biology, currently working as a Marie-Curie Fellow between Cardiff, UK and EMBRAPA in Brazil. I have been actively involved in several NGS-based genomic and transcriptomic projects to assemble and annotate several invertebrate genomes. I am also involved in projects related to evolutionary ecology, phylogenetics and population genetics and genomics, including functional genomics of organisms living in extreme environments. I am particularly amazed by the volcanic Pontoscolex corethrurus, which became the main subject of study during my Ph.D. research project. My current research projects focus on the study of biodiversity signatures in historical anthropogenic ecosystems, in particular the Amazonian Dark Earth. I am also using animals closely associated with human activity, in particular earthworms, to infer ancient human migrations across South America.

The Rio Madeira Expedition: 23.05.2017, Manicore City

A early start this morning (4a.m.) as our flights leaves by 5:55 (using the Apui air taxi) I can't stop to be amazed every time I am flying over Amazonia. Rio Negro, Solimões, Madeira are just colossal rivers cutting through the densest green carpet. You can see water...

About me!

Hi there! My name is Luis Cunha, I am a biologist with a passion for invertebrates, in particular, the humble earthworm! I am an environmental biologist who became a bioinformatician led by the demands of personal research interests mainly towards invertebrate...

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