Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Adela Roa-Varon

NOAA National Systematics Lab & Research Associate
Department / Division
  • B.Sc., Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • M.Sc., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D., College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Additional Resources
Research Interests

Phylogenetic reconstruction incorporating morphological, molecular and fossil-based data, in the attempt to understand factors that have shaped the diversification and evolution in ray-finned fishes using Gadiformes (e.g. Cods, Hakes, Rattails), as a model clade.


Roa-Varón, A., Dikow, R.B., Carnevale, G., Tornabene, L., Baldwin, C.C., Li, C., Hilton, E.J. 2020. Confronting Sources of Systematic Error to Resolve Historically Contentious Relationships: A Case Study Using Gadiform Fishes (Teleostei, Paracanthopterygii, Gadiformes), Systematic Biology

Roa-Varón, A & Iwamoto, T. 2019. Red List Assessment for 67 species belonging to the orders Ateleopodiformes, Cetomimiformes, Gadiformes, Lophiiformes, Perciformes and Polymixiiformes. IUCN Red List of Deep-Sea Bony Fishes.

Quattrini, A.M., Demopoulos, A.W.J., Singer, R., Roa-Varon, A. & Chaytor, J.D. 2017. Demersal Fish Assemblages on Seamounts and other Rugged Features in the Northeastern Caribbean. Deep Sea Research I: Oceanographic Research Papers. DOI:10.1016/j.dsr.2017.03.009

Gaither, M.R., Violi, B., Gray, H., Neat, F., Drazen, J.F., Grubbs, R.D., Roa-Varon, A., Sutton, T.T. & Hoelzel, R. 2016. Depth as a driver of evolution in the deep sea: Insights from grenadiers (Gadiformes: Macrouridae) of the genus Coryphaenoides. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 104:73-82.

Betancur-R, R., Broughton, R.E., Wiley, E.O., Carpenter, K., López, J.A., Li, C., Holcroft, N.I., Arcila, D., Sanciangco, M., Cureton II, J.C., Zhang, F., Buser, T., Campbell, M.A., Ballesteros, J.A., Roa-Varon, A., Willis, S., Borden, W.C., Rowley, T., Reneau, P.C., Houg,h D.J., Lu, G., Grande, T., Arratia, G. & Ortí, G. The Tree of Life and a New Classification of Bony Fishes. PLOS Currents Tree of Life. 2013 Apr 18.

Roa-Varón, A. & Ortí, G. 2009. Phylogenetic Relationships among Families of Gadiformes (Teleostei, Paracanthopterygii) Based on Nuclear and Mitochondrial Data. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 52: 688-704.