Victor de Brito

Collections Manager, Ichthyology and Herpetology

I manage the fish, amphibian, and reptile collections at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates. This involves maintaining the collections of more than one million specimens, working to expand Cornell’s natural history collection, and making it accessible to researchers and students from across the globe.

I’m passionate about museum collections and how they can be used to understand our world. Its my goal to help others explore the rich information hosted at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates.

I’m originally from Brazil, where I started my path as a biologist. My passion for the study of fish and natural history collections started during my undergraduate years when I worked with freshwater fish in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Since then I’ve worked in institutions in Brazil, Canada, and the United States, always using museum specimens to explore the evolution and ecology of fish groups.


Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
M.S. in Zoology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Science without Borders program, University of Toronto
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

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Projects Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
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