Daniel is a Ph.D. candidate. He uses whole-genomes to understand the evolutionary history and genetic basis of species adaptations. For his two main projects, he has sequenced and analyzed the whole-genome of almost all existing species of the family Canidae. His findings go from discovering ancient episodes of admixture between species to identifying the genes responsible for the missing toe in African wild dogs and short legs in the bush dog. Now his two current projects are focused on population genomics. Specifically, he wants to understand the demographic history of the Galapagos rail as well as investigating population structure and admixture of North American gray wolves. Daniel got his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and worked in the Zoology Museum where he investigated the diversity of small mammals in Ecuador including the discovery of new species.
- Chavez, D.E., Gronau, I., Hains, T. et al. Comparative genomics provides new insights into the remarkable adaptations of the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus). Sci Rep 9, 8329 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-44772-5