Hazel Byrne

Postdoctoral Fellow

Life Sciences Building 3323A

Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
B.A. (Mod.), Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Hazel Byrne is a Postdoctoral Researcher in ISG. Her research centres on Neotropical primate evolutionary genetics / genomics and systematics. She is interested using genetic data to explore Neotropical primate diversity, probe their evolutionary history, and investigate how and why they evolved novel morphological and behavioural traits. To date, her research has focused most strongly on titi monkeys (Callicebinae), using genetic data to understand their evolutionary history and biogeography, as well as evaluating their taxonomy.

Currently, Byrne is studying robust capuchin (Sapajus) genomics with ISG Faculty Dr. Jessica Lynch Alfaro and Patrícia Izar (University of Sāo Paulo), funded by FAPESP. She continues her research investigating the evolutionary history of Callicebinae with Dr. Jean P. Boubli (University of Salford) and Dr. Tomas Hrbek (Federal University of Amazonas).


2018. Boubli JP, Byrne H, da Silva MNF, Silva-Júnior J, Araújo RC, Bertuol F, Gonçalves J, Melo F, Rylands AB, Mittermeier RA, Silva FE, Nash SD, Canale G, Alencar R, Rossi R, Carneiro J, Sampaio I, Farias I, Schneider H, Hrbek T. 2019. On a new species of titi monkey (Primates: Plecturocebus Byrne et al., 2016), from Alta Floresta, southern Amazon, Brazil. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 132, 117-137.

2018. Byrne H, Lynch Alfaro JW, Sampaio I, Farias I, Schneider H, Hrbek T. 2018. Titi monkey biogeography: Parallel Pleistocene spread by Plecturocebus and Cheracebus into a post-Pebas Western AmazonZoologica Scripta, 00, 1–19. DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12300

2017. Boubli JP, da Silva MN, Rylands AB, Nash SD, Bertuol F, Nunes M, Mittermeier RA, Byrne H, da Silva FE, Röhe F, Sampaio I, Schneider H, Farias IP, Hrbek T. 2017. How many Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella Gray, 1870) species are there? A taxonomic re-appraisal based on new molecular evidence. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.11.010

2016. Byrne H, Rylands AB, Carneiro JC, Lynch Alfaro JW, Bertuol F, da Silva MNF, Messias M, Groves CP, Mittermeier RA, Farias I, Hrbek T, Schneider H, Sampaio I, Boubli JP. 2016. Phylogenetic relationships of the New World titi monkeys (Callicebus): First appraisal of taxonomy based on molecular evidence.  Frontiers in Zoology 13: 1–25.