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Jaime R. Alvarado-Bremer

Interim Department Head
Professor
Department of Marine Biology



E-mail: alvaradj@tamug.edu
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4958
Fax: +1 (409) 740.5001

Ocean & Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 280


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Get To Know Jaime R. Alvarado-Bremer

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

As far as I can recall, I have always like animals. Aquatic life was particularly interesting to me. I was very inquisitive as a child, and I have never stopped asking questions. I knew from early age that I was going to be a zoologists, and I graduated with a BS with a major in that field. Eventually I obtained a Ph.D. in Ichthyology, specializing in molecular genetics of fishes. This field of study was interesting and unexpected, since as an undergraduate student I had two things clear in my mind: never work in a lab, and I hated genetics. Go figure... 

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

To ask the right questions, and select the best approach to offer the best answer. Students in my lab learn how to use molecular genetics techniques to address specific questions about genetic population structure, molecular evolution, phylogenetic systematics, and other fields. I want the students to be able to select the proper methodological approach to solve the specific questions they want to resolve.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

My family.

Education
Ph.D. Zoology/Ichthyology, University of Toronto, 1994
M.S.
Zoology/Numerical Analysis, University of Toronto, 1988
B.S.
Zoology, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico, 1983
Publications
Smith, B.L., Ching-Ping Lu, J.R. Alvarado Bremer. 2009. High-resolution melting analysis (HRMA): a highly sensitive inexpensive genotyping alternative for population studies. Molecular Ecology Resources. [PDF]

Hunter, R.L., M.S. Webb, T.M. Iliffe and J.R. Alvarado Bremer. 2008. Phylogeny and historical biogeography of the cave-adapted shrimp genus Typhlatya (Atyidae) in the Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic. Journal of Biogeography 35(1):65-75. [PDF]

Alvarado Bremer, J. R., T. W. Greig, and M. G. Hinton. 2006. Genetic heterogeneity of swordfish (Xiphias gladius) in the Pacific Ocean revealed by the sequence analysis of the ldhA gene. Bulletin of Marine Science 79(3): 493-503. [PDF]

Alvarado Bremer, J. R., J. Mejuto, J. Gómez-Márquez, F. Boán, P. Carpintero, J.M. Rodríguez, T. W. Greig and B. Ely. 2005. Hierarchical analyses of genetic variation of samples from breeding and feeding grounds confirm the genetic partitioning of northwest Atlantic and South Atlantic populations of swordfish. Journal Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 326, 167-182. [PDF]

Alvarado Bremer, J. R., J. Viñas, B. Ely and C. Pla. 2005. Comparative phylogeography of Atlantic bluefin tuna and swordfish: The combined effects of vicariance, secondary contact, introgression, and population expansion on the regional phylogenies of two highly migratory pelagic fishes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 36(1): 169-187. [PDF]