Maria del Rosario Castañeda

Anolis catcher

About me

My research interests are phylogenetics, population genetics, character evolution, conservation and taxonomy of Anolis lizards (so many things!). I am an evolutionary biologist who integrates data collected in the field, laboratory and museum collections. My interest in Anolis lizards started during my undergraduate years at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and further developed during my doctoral research at the George Washington University, where I focused on the systematics of the Dactyloa clade of Anolis.

Currently, I am a Research Collaborator in the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and I’ll soon be joining the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University as postdoctoral fellow. As a 2012 EOL Rubenstein fellow, I will create new content, revise and complement previous EOL pages for all species of Anolis lizards.

My info

Full name
Maria del Rosario Castañeda
I am
a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


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Curator qualifications


Education: BSc (2001) Biology, Universidad de Los Andes. PhD (2010) Systematics and Evolution, George Washington University. Research Collaborator of the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles at the National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution. Relevant publication: Castañeda, M.d.R., and K. de Queiroz. 2011. Phylogenetic relationships of the Dactyloa clade of Anolis lizards based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61:784–800.

Curation scope
Anolis lizards