Hugo Gante

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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Hugo F. Gante

PostDoc in the group of Walter Salzburger.

Research interest

I am interested in different aspects of evolutionary biology, including genomics of speciation, population and conservation genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography, sensory ecology and animal communication. More broadly, I am interested in the processes that underlie biological diversification and adaptation (species formation and persistence, from genomic and ecologic perspectives).
My previous work has focused mostly in the analysis of natural hybridization among freshwater fish species and evolution of reproductive isolation, phylogenetic relationships and phylogeographic patterns. Currently, I am investigating the molecular architecture of a pigmentation trait in cichlid species of the Neolamprologus brichardi/pulcher complex, and its role in communication, reproductive isolation and evolution.

Curriculum vitae

2009-Present Postdoctoral Researcher: University of Basel
2004-2009 PhD in Biology: School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University (Dr. Thomas E. Dowling and Dr. Maria Judite Alves, advisors)
2002-2003 Research Fellow in the Project “Speciation in the genus Barbus in the Iberian Peninsula: phylogeography and reticulate evolution”, MNHN, Lisbon, Portugal
1996-2001 B.Sc. in Biology Science Faculty, University of Lisbon (five-year degree – Licenciatura; Dr. Maria Manuela Coelho and Dr. Maria João Collares-Pereira, honors thesis advisors)


  • Gante, H.F. & Salzburger, W. 2012. Evolution: cichlid models on the runaway to speciation. Current Biology 22: R956-R958.
  • Gante, H.F. 2011. Diversification of Circum-Mediterranean Barbels. In: Changing Diversity in Changing Environment (eds Grillo O and Venora G), pp. 283-298. InTech.
  • Gante, H.F., Alves, M.J. & Dowling, T.E. 2011. Paralog-specific primers for the amplification of nuclear loci in tetraploid barbels (Barbus: Cypriniformes). J Heredity 102: 617-621.
  • Gante, H.F., Santos, C.D. & Alves, M.J. 2010. Phylogenetic relationships of the newly described species Chondrostoma olisiponensis (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). J Fish Biol 76: 965-974.
  • Gante, H.F. 2009. A role for introgressive hybridization in the evolution of freshwater fishes: the case-study of Iberian Barbus (Teleostei, Cyprinidae). PhD Dissertation. Arizona State University, Tempe, 190pp.
  • Gante, H.F., Micael, J., Oliva-Paterna, F., Doadrio, I., Dowling, T.E. & Alves M.J. 2009. Diversification within glacial refugia: tempo and mode of evolution of the polytypic fish Barbus sclateri. Mol Ecol 18: 3240-3255.
  • Ribeiro, F., Gante, H.F., Sousa, G., Filipe, A.F., Alves M.J. & Magalhães, M.F. 2009. New records, distribution and dispersal pathways of Sander lucioperca (Linnaeus, 1758) in Iberian freshwaters. Cybium 33: 255-256.
  • Gante, H.F., Alves, M.J. & Dowling, T.E. 2008. Development of cytochrome b primers for mitotyping of barbels (Barbus spp.). Mol Ecol Res 8: 786-789.
  • Gante, H.F., Moreira da Costa, L., Micael, J. & Alves, M.J. 2008. First record of Barbonymus schwannenfeldii (Bleeker) in the Iberian Peninsula. J Fish Biol 72: 1089-1094.
  • Gante, H.F., Santos, C.D. & Alves, M.J. 2007. A new species of Chondrostoma Agassiz, 1832 (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) with sexual dimorphism from the lower Rio Tejo Basin, Portugal. Zootaxa 1616: 23-35.
  • Gante, H.F., Collares-Pereira, M.J. & Coelho, M.M. 2004. Introgressive hybridisation between two Iberian Chondrostoma species (Teleostei, Cyprinidae) revisited: new evidence from morphology, mitochondrial DNA, allozymes and NOR-phenotypes. Folia Zool 53: 423-432.
  • Gante, H.F. & Santos, C.D. 2002. First records of the North American catfish Ameiurus melas in Portugal. J Fish Biol 61: 1643-1646.

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