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Carlos Taboada


Contact Information:

Room 307, Biological Sciences Building
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708



BS, Biology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011)
PhD, Biology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017)


Research Interests:

I am interested in the biophysical and chemical mechanisms underlying transparency and high infrared reflectance in animals, particularly in terrestrial vertebrates. Using an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses biochemical, microscopic and physical techniques I am focused on understanding how some ultrastructure modifications in cellular and extracellular features render some tissues transparent for visible light and at the same time highly reflectant in the near infrared. For this purpose I use different non-model amphibians such as glassfrog and hylids.



Brunetti, A., Carnevale Neto, F., Vera, M., Taboada, C., Pavarini, D., Bauermeister, A., & Peporine Lopes, N. (2018). An integrative omics perspective for the analysis of chemical signals in ecological interactions. Chemical Society Reviews. 47, 1574-1591.

Taboada, C., Brunetti, A. E., Alexandre, C., Lagorio, M. G., & Faivovich, J. (2017). Fluorescent Frogs: A Herpetological Perspective. South American Journal of Herpetology, 12(1), 1-13. (cover article)

Taboada, C., Brunetti, A. E., Pedron, F. N., Carnevale Neto, F., Estrin, D. A., Bari, S. E., Chemes, L. B., Peporine Lopes, N., Lagorio, M. G., Faivovich, J. (2017). Naturally occurring fluorescence in frogs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(14):36723677. (In this Issue article and cover article)

Vera Candioti, F., Taboada, C., Salica, M. J., Baldo, D., Faivovich, J., & Baêta, D. (2017). The Adhesive Glands during Embryogenesis in Some Species of Phyllomedusinae (Anura: Hylidae). Journal of Herpetology, 51(1), 119-129.

Brunetti, A. E., Taboada, C., & Faivovich, J. (2015). Extended vocal repertoire in Hypsiboas punctatus (Anura: Hylidae). Journal of Herpetology, 49(1), 46-52.

Brunetti, A. E., Taboada, C., & Faivovich, J. (2014). The reproductive biology of Hypsiboas punctatus (Anura: Hylidae): male territoriality and the possible role of different signals during female choice. Salamandra, 50(4), 215-224.

Taboada, C., Grant, T., Lynch, J. D & Faivovich, J. (2013). New morphological synapomorphies for the new world direct-developing frogs. Herpetologica 69(3):342-357

Luna, M.C., Taboada, C., Baêta, D. & Faivovich, J. (2012). Structural diversity of nuptial pads in Phyllomedusinae (Amphibia: Anura: Hylidae). Journal of Morphology 273(7):712-724.







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