Angelo P. Bufalino

Ph.D. candidate

Contact Information:
Phone: (314) 977-1710
Fax: (314) 977-3658
Mail: Department of Biology
St. Louis University
3507 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103-2010

M.S., Austin Peay State University, 1999
B.S., Northwest Missouri State University, 1994

General Interests: While my research interests are quite broad and include studies and publications on snake biology, my dissertation research focuses on the systematic and evolutionary relationships among genera of the North American (NA) cyprinids. The Family Cyprinidae, which includes minnows and shiners, is the most diverse family of freshwater fishes worldwide. The NA cyprinids currently include 50 genera with well over 350 described species. Gaining further knowledge on the evolutionary relationships of these fishes, due to the diversity of traits within the group, will enhance our understanding of the processes involved in speciation. Several studies have looked at the systematic relationships of the NA Cyprinidae using morphological features, whereas only a small number of investigators examined molecular characters. These molecular studies have used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence data to infer relationships within this group. My research will focus on using nuclear DNA sequence data to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships of these fishes. My data will be compared to the results of the previous morphological and mtDNA studies and these data sets might possibly be combined to provide a better overall resolution of the relationships of the NA cyprinids.

Taxa: Recent species; Order Cypriniformes
Character Types: mtDNA, nDNA.
Target Continents: North America

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