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Anders Goncalves Da silva

Past Postdoctoral Researcher

Why do birds that flock together not catch malaria together?

 

Anders has a broad interest in ecology and evolution. He is particularly interested in understanding gene dynamics under environmental change, how species adapt to environmental change, and how this information can be used to transform our predictions and actions under climate change. He also is interested in the development of software to facilitate the analysis of large-volumes of genetic data in a population genetics context. In particular, he is interested in finding computationally efficient ways of applying Bayesian statistics to estimate parameters of interest to population genetics.

Anders has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil). He then moved to New York City, where he obtained a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University under the supervision of Professor Don Melnick. For his doctoral thesis he addressed the question: are body-size and trophic level predictors of the spatial scale of population genetic structure in fragmented landscapes.

After his graduation, he took a postdoctoral position at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Michael Russello, where he studied invasion history of monk parakeets and population genetics of Amazonian tapirs. Anders then moved to Tasmania to a postdoctoral position at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, under the supervision of Dr. Phillip England. There, he assisted in developing genomic and bioinformatics capabilities within the Division, and applied population genomic approaches to answer questions relevant to the management of the deep-sea fish Orange Roughy.

Anders studied avian malaria at Monash University under the supervision of Dr. Rohan Clarke and in collaboration with Dr. Paul Sunnucks, seeing avian malaria as an excellent model to study what happens when a species (malaria) is introduced to a completely new environment (bird). He currently co-supervises PhD candidate Lee Peacock.

Anders currently works primarily as a bioinformatician in the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory at The Doherty Institute, developing tools for the analysis of bacterial genomes and analysing diverse bacterial genomic data to answer a variety of questions of interest to the laboratory.

Anders is an avid coder, writing programmes in C, Python, R, Mathematica, and soon CUDA. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing football (proper football aka soccer), riding his bike, finding new foods, and trying dark ales (especially English ones). His inordinate passion for tapirs also means Anders spends a lot of his spare time finding ways to help the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group and the IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.

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