The research of this lab focuses on the application of reptile and amphibian phylogenies to understand how biodiversity is generated and maintained. There is also a focus on inferring the biogeographical and evolutionary patterns of the groups studied, to revise their taxonomy and conserve them. Although the research carried out by this lab include the study of many different reptile and amphibian groups, its main interest is the faunas of the Mediterranean Basin and Arabia, including some oceanic and continental islands, such as the Canary and Cape Verde islands and the Socotra Archipelago.

Lab website: Carranza Lab


Principal Investigator Principal Investigator

Current members Current members

Ongoing projects Ongoing projects

Publications Publications

Vasconcelos R.; Razgour O.; Tarroso P.; Fasola M.; Carranza S.; Alves P.C. 2018. Combining molecular and landscape tools for targeting evolutionary processes in reserve design: An approach for islands. PLoS ONE. 13(7):1DUMMY- doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200830


Valbuena-Ureña E.; Oromi N.; Soler-Membrives A.; Carranza S.; Amat F.; Camarasa S.; Denoël M.; Guillaume O.; Sanuy D.; Loyau A.; Schmeller D.S.; Steinfartz S. 2018. Jailed in the mountains: Genetic diversity and structure of an endemic newt species across the Pyrenees. PLoS ONE. 13(8): e0200214 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200214

Tamar, K.; Metallinou, M.; Wilms, T.; Schmitz, A.; Crochet, P.-A.; Geniez, P.; Carranza, S. 2018. Evolutionary history of spiny-tailed lizards (Agamidae: Uromastyx) from the Saharo-Arabian region. Zoologica Scripta. 47(2):159-173 doi: 10.1111/zsc.12266

Tallowin, O.J.S.; Tamar, K.; Meiri, S.; Allison, A.; Kraus, F.; Richards, S.J.; Oliver, P.M. (2018) Early insularity and subsequent mountain uplift were complementary drivers of diversification in a Melanesian lizard radiation (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 125:29-39 doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.03.020

Sindaco R.; Simó-Riudalbas M.; Sacchi R.; Carranza S. 2018. Systematics of the Mesalina guttulata species complex (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Arabia with the description of two new species. Zootaxa. 4429(3):513-547 doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4429.3.4