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Silvia E. Pavan, Ph.D.

B.S., Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil; M.S., Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi / Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brazil; Ph.D., City University of New York, New York, USA

Silvia Pavan is an evolutionary biologist interested in mammalian systematics and biogeography. Her research at the Center for Conservation Genomics aims to provide a phylogenic framework for Sciuridae, with an overarching goal to unravel the relationships and taxonomy of Neotropical forms, and to investigate the diversification pattern and biogeographic history of New World squirrels.

Pavan's projects include:

  • Diversity and evolutionary history of Neotropical squirrels
  • Evolution, systematics and biogeography of short-tailed opossums
Pavan’s research has resulted in multiple peer-reviewed publications with novel contributions, including the discovery and description of four new South American mammal species. Her work received media coverage from National Geographic and Globo (Brazil’s largest news agency), providing awareness for conservation efforts.
Pavan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil, in 2007, a master's in zoology from Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Brazil, in 2010, and a doctorate in biology from the City University of New York in 2016. She was a postdoctoral fellow at MPEG from 2016 to 2017 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation Genomics, where she works with Jesus Maldonado.
Recent Publications: 
S.E. Pavan, S.A. Jansa, R.S. Voss. 2016. Spatiotemporal diversification of a low-vagility Neotropical vertebrate clade (short-tailed opossums, Didelphidae: Monodelphis)Journal of Biogeography: 43, 1299-1309.
S.E. Pavan, S.A. Jansa<, R.S. Voss. 2014. Molecular phylogeny of short-tailed opossums (Didelphidae: Monodelphis): Taxonomic implications and tests of evolutionary hypotheses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution: 79, 199-214.
S.E. Pavan, R.V. Rossi, H. Schneider. 2012. Species diversity in the Monodelphis brevicaudata complex (Didelphimorphia: Didelphidae) inferred from molecular and morphological data, with the description of a new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society: 165, 190-223.