Joana L. Rocha


I am an evolutionary biologist and postdoctoral researcher in the department of Integrative Biology at the Sudmant lab at UC Berkeley.

I received my PhD in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution having been advised by Raquel Godinho at the University of Porto, and Rasmus Nielsen at UC Berkeley.

When I am not doing research, I enjoy being in close contact with nature and sharing all the amazing wonders our planet has to offer with the people I love. I was born in Portugal, and I speak fluently portuguese, english, spanish and a bit of french. Feel free to contact me in any of these languages.


Jul 21, 2023 Sudmant Lab represents at San Francisco marathon 2023!
May 10, 2023 Sudmant Lab represents at BoG 2023!
Sep 20, 2022 These rare adaptations help animals survive in the desert, Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine
Sep 1, 2021 Excited for my incoming postdoc at the Sudmant lab at UC Berkeley!
Jul 9, 2021 Successfully defended my PhD thesis!

selected publications


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    North African fox genomes show signatures of repeated introgression and adaptation to life in deserts
    Joana L. Rocha, and 10 more authors
    Nature Ecology & Evolution, Jun 2023
    Nature Publishing Group