Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Vanessa González

Computational Genomics Scientist, GGI
Department / Division
  • Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2013 
  • M.S. California State University, Los Angeles (Biological Systematics), 2007 
  • B.S. University of California, Los Angeles (Marine Biology), 2005
Research Interests

I currently serve as a Computational Genomics Scientist for the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) – an initiative aimed at preserving and understanding the genomic diversity of life. My research focuses on understanding how species are related across the tree of life. I lead projects in genome biology and evolutionary bioinformatics, specializing on working with "big data." After receiving my Ph.D. from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University in 2013, I began research at the Smithsonian focusing broadly on biodiversity genomics, systematics, and invertebrate biology.

Areas of Expertise: Systematics, Evolution, Invertebrate Zoology, Biodiversity Genomics & Bioinformatics.

  • Schwager, Evelyn E., Sharma, Prashant P., Clarke, Thomas, Leite, Daniel J., Wierschin, Torsten, Pechmann, Matthias, Akiyama-Oda, Yasuko, Esposito, Lauren, Bechsgaard, Jesper, Bilde, Trine, Buffry, Alexandra D., Chao, Hsu, Dinh, Huyen, Doddapaneni, HarshaVardhan, Dugan, Shannon, Eibner, Cornelius, Extavour, Cassandra G., Funch, Peter, Garb, Jessica, Gonzalez, Luis B., Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Griffiths-Jones, Sam, Han, Yi, Hayashi, Cheryl, Hilbrant, Maarten et al. 2017. "The house spider genome reveals an ancient whole-genome duplication during arachnid evolution." BMC biology 15 (1):62.
  • Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Kayal, Ehsan, Halloran, Margaret, Shrestha, Yesha, and Harasewych, M. G. 2016. "The complete mitochondrial genome of the land snail Cerion incanum (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora) and the phylogenetic relationships of Cerionidae within Panpulmonata." Journal of Molluscan Studies 82 (4):525-533.
  • Ješovnik, Ana, González, Vanessa L., and Schultz, Ted R. 2016. "Phylogenomics and Divergence Dating of Fungus-Farming Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Genera Sericomyrmex and Apterostigma." PloS One 11 (7):
  • Lemer, Sarah, González, Vanessa L., Bieler, Rü, and Giribet, Gonzalo. 2016. "Cementing mussels to oysters in the pteriomorphian tree: a phylogenomic approach." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283 (1833):20160857.
  • Lemer, Sarah, Kawauchi, Gisele Y., Andrade, Sónia C. S., González, Vanessa L., Boyle, Michael J., and Giribet, Gonzalo. 2015. "Re-evaluating the phylogeny of Sipuncula through transcriptomics." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 83:174-183.
  • Bieler, Ruediger, Mikkelsen, Paula M., Collins, Timothy M., Glover, Emily A., Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Graf, Daniel L., Harper, Elizabeth M., Healy, John, Kawauchi, Gisele Y., Sharma, Prashant P., Staubach, Sid, Strong, Ellen E., Taylor, John D., Temkin, Ilya, Zardus, John D., Clark, Stephanie, Guzman, Alejandra, McIntyre, Erin, Sharp, Paul, and Giribet, Gonzalo. 2014. "Investigating the Bivalve Tree of Life - an exemplar-based approach combining molecular and novel morphological characters." Invertebrate Systematics 28 (1):32-115.

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