Luis Valente

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the origins of biodiversity in a geographical context. I use modelling, phylogenetic and genomic approaches to reconstruct diversification dynamics over evolutionary time scales. I work on a variety of organisms (plants, birds and mammals) from marine islands and continental biodiversity hotspots.

I am currently a Senior Researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).


  • Phd Position application call now closed.
  • New paper in Current Biology studying the macroevolutionary impact of humans in New Zealand. The work was featured in several news sites and radio stations (e.g. Scientific American, Radio New Zealand, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Público, Discover Magazine, Vice).