Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Hugo Borges

Taxonomy Scientist – Marine and Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomy

Note: Hugo Borges does not currently work at the Cawthron Institute.


  • MPhil (Biological Science, Ecology). University of Waikato, 2016
  • MSc. (Ecology). Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, 2013
  • BSc. (Biological Science). Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, 2010


Role at Cawthron

Hugo is an invertebrate taxonomist in the Coastal and Freshwater Group. His research interests are focused on the morphological and molecular taxonomy of aquatic organisms, mainly marine invertebrates. He is involved with the identification of marine, estuarine and freshwater invertebrates from various research and biomonitoring projects which assess the health of aquatic environments.  

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Benthic macroinvertebrates taxonomy and ecology
  • Phylogeny and molecular tools applied to taxonomy
  • Phylogeny of Polychaeta
  • Biodiversity of marine and freshwater invertebrates
  • Environmental impact of aquatic environments
  • Lake and River Ecology

Publication links

+64 3 548 2139 ext 252/386