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Breda Zimkus
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Research field
My research is focused on the biodiversity, biogeography, phylogenetics, taxonomy and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. I am particularly interested in the phylogenetic diversification of African amphibians, defining species boundaries and understanding the complex patterns of diversification across the continent.

Professional experience
I am the Cryogenic Collections Manager for Genetic Resources at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, and a Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor at Harvard Medical School (Harvard-MIT Division of Science and Technology). I received by PhD from Harvard University, conducting fieldwork in Malawi, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. I continued my work on African amphibians at the Museum of Comparative Zoology with a postdoc, receiving an Encyclopedia of Life Rubenstein Fellowship and an Ethel K. Allen, Sigma Delta Epsilon-Graduate Women in Science Fellowship.