From Antarctica to the shores of North Carolina

Although often hidden from our everyday views, the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world are home to over 33,000 species of fish. This amazing diversity is the result of fishes finding ways to evolve and adapt to virtually all aquatic habitats. Alex Dornburg (Curator) and Gabriela Hogue (Collections Manager) conduct research on fishes from around the globe in an effort to better understand how fishes have evolved to survive, and thrive, in habitats that span the seas of Antarctica to the waterways of North Carolina. Alex and Gabriela’s research involves integrating analyses of DNA sequence data with other types of data, in particular morphological data collected extensively from specimens housed in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Fishes collection.