• The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Brett Gonzalez is an Invertebrate Zoologist and an expert in scale worms (Aphroditiformia; Annelida). His research interests strive to enhance our knowledge of rare and unique taxa inhabiting environments poorly understood and often overlooked, including the deep-sea, subterranean, pelagic zone, and the interstitium.

Currently working at the Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre, Gonzalez will investigate processes that generate and maintain biodiversity in the marine realm – focusing on evolutionary processes driving diversity and adaptation, shaping life history strategies, and impacting biogeographic distributions.

His research bridges traditional taxonomy and systematics with modern techniques of high throughput sequencing, 3D-reconstruction and advanced microscopy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Biology, PhD, Evolution of scale worms, University of Copenhagen

Sept 2013Dec 2016

Award Date: 22 Mar 2017

Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, MSc, Novel bacterial diversity in an anchialine blue hole on Abaco Island, Bahamas, Texas A&M University

Sept 2006Dec 2010

Award Date: 18 Dec 2010

Marine Biology, BSc, Texas A&M University at Galveston (US)

Jan 2003May 2005

Award Date: 14 May 2005

External positions

Research Associate, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

2023 → …

Postdoctoral Researcher, Invertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Jun 2018Nov 2023

Research expertise keywords

  • Phylogenetics
  • Comparative methods
  • Invertebrate ecology and taxonomy
  • Aphroditiformia
  • Annelida
  • Subterranean biology
  • Anchialine
  • Zoology
  • Deep sea biology
  • Evolution


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