Gustavo Burin

Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow

Natural History Museum


I am currently a Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow at the Natural History Museum in London (UK), working with morphological evolution in marine mammals. My main interests are related to how biological interactions affect the diversification dynamics of different groups. I am also interested in how other biotic and abiotic factors affect the diversification of vertebrates. Moreover, I’m interested in method development and performance testing. Lastly, I am an open science enthusiast, and want to start blogging about it, general science and my personal interests in the near future.


  • Macroevolution
  • Macroecology
  • Species Interactions


  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology, 2018-2020

    Universidade de São Paulo

  • PhD in Ecology, 2017

    Universidade de São Paulo

  • MSc. in Botany, 2012

    Universidade de São Paulo

  • BSc in Biology, 2008

    Universidade de São Paulo

Recent Posts

The latest paper of my dissertation is finally published!

Our paper was finally published, after almost 4 years of work!

My new paper is out @ Systematic Biology!

My second paper was published in Systematic Biology!

Our new paper is out!

Our paper was published today on the cover of Proceedings B.

My first paper is available

My first paper is out and available in open access

Tutorial de ggplot2

Tutorial básico de uso do pacote ggplot2 (ainda em desenvolvimento)

Recent Publications

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Macroevolutionary stability predicts interaction patterns of species in seed dispersal networks

Assessing deep-time mechanisms affecting the assembly of ecological networks is key to understanding biodiversity changes on broader …

How Well Can We Estimate Diversity Dynamics for Clades in Diversity Decline?

The fossil record shows that the vast majority of all species that ever existed are extinct and that most lineages go through an …

Arboreality constrains morphological evolution but not species diversification in vipers

An increase in ecological opportunities, either through changes in the environment or acquisition of new traits, is frequently …

Omnivory in birds is a macroevolutionary sink

Diet is commonly assumed to affect the evolution of species, but few studies have directly tested its effect at macroevolutionary …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

My defense presentation

Here are the slides for my defense presentation

My talk @ Evolution Meeting, 2017

The video from my talk at the Evolution meeting in Portland is online!

My first paper is available

My first paper is out and available in open access
















Postdoctoral Fellow - Leverhulme

Natural History Museum

Jan 2021 – Present London
Back to the Water: Body size evolution in marine mammals.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Jun 2018 – Dec 2020 São Paulo
Environmental changes in deep time and the diversification of terrestrial vertebrates.

PhD student


Jul 2013 – Oct 2017 São Paulo
The roles of diet, speciation and extinction on bird diversification and frugivory network assembling.

Research Scholar - Young Scientists Summer Program

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Jun 2011 – Aug 2011 Laxenburg - Austria

MSc. student


Mar 2009 – Apr 2012 São Paulo
Dendroclimatological analysis of cedro (Cedrela fissilis L. - Meliaceae) for the reconstruction of recent environmental scenario from São Paulo, SP