Pedro A. Peres, PhD

My name is Pedro A. Peres and I am a Postdoctoral associate at Florida International University working with Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom. I earned my MS (Ecology) from the University of Campinas (Brazil) and my PhD (Comparative Biology) from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). Most of my research has been focused on using molecular markers to answer ecological and evolutionary questions. My current role in DEEPEND|RESTORE is to investigate how life histories, diel-vertical migration behavior, and abundance changes impact the temporal and spatial genetic diversity components of deep-sea fish and crustacean species using genomic tools. Our research will contribute to a better understanding of the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but also to unveil some of the biodiversity patterns and processes of the mysterious deep-sea environment.