Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Bernardo Santos

Postdoctoral Fellow, Hymenoptera
Department / Division
  • Ph.D. in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School (American Museum of Natural History)
  • B.S. in Biology, M.Sc. in Animal Biology, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
Research Interests

My research interests are centered on the evolution of one of the most diverse and ecologically important groups of organisms on Earth: the ichneumonid parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae). I am particularly interested in the processes that generated the impressive diversity of life history strategies, morphological adaptations and ecological traits seen in these wasps. During my Ph.D., I have worked to elucidate these questions by combining a robust phylogenetic framework with statistical tools such as phylogenetic comparative methods and geometric morphometrics. In the process of investigating these issues, I also invest in unraveling the largely unexplored wasp biodiversity, conducting projects of revisionary systematics and describing new species.