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Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Viviani Mantovani

Research Interests

Primates have always been fascinating to me. For my PhD, I am very enthusiastic to apply Next-generation sequencing techniques and population genomics analyses to investigate the evolutionary history of orangutans, one of the most endangered great apes. The purpose of my research is not only to contribute with conservation measures, but also help to understand primate’s evolution.

Academic Record

PhD candidate, University of Zurich, Switzerland 2019 – ongoing

MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience, University of São Paulo, Brazil 2016. Master thesis on the genetics of visual pigments in New World monkeys.

Research Bio

Demography and natural selection are the most important forces shaping the evolution of species. The critically endangered orangutans (Pongo spp.) provide a good opportunity to address these questions given its well-documented demographic history as well as current genetic patterns on the genus level. However due to data and methods limitation, relatively little is known on the subspecies level.

Using cutting-edge techniques that will allow access to high quality genomic data from fifteen wild populations of orangutans, my research will produce sufficient data to understand how demographic histories affected their current genetic makeup, clarify their population substructure and define conservation measures to preserve the genetic diversity of wild orangutan populations.


  • Mantovani, V., Hauzman, E., Corredor, V.H., Goulart, P.R.K., Galvão, O., Talebi, M., Pessoa, D.M.A., Soares, J.M., Fiorani, M., Gattass, R., Ventura, D.F., Bonci, D.M.O. (2020). Genetic variability of the sws1 cone opsin gene among New World Monkeys. American Journal of Primatology. Advance online publication.
  • Abreu, F., Souto, A., Bonci, D. M., Mantovani, V., Pessoa, D. M., & Schiel, N. (2019). Detection of insect prey by wild common marmosets: The effect of color vision. Am J Primatol, 81(3).

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Viviani Mantovani

Viviani Mantovani