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
An integrative approach to the conservation of the endangered Arabian populations of the gecko Teratoscincus keyserlingii
The IBE and the Environment and Protected Area’s authority from the UAE have united efforts to invert the decline trend of the last remaining populations of this gecko in the UAE and to protect the fragile and threatened habitats it occupies.
Yamaguchi N.; Vasconcelos R.; Mohamed T.; Abdel-Fattah Ahmed T.; Alatalo J.M.; Barnett R. 2019. Toads in Qatar: The species present and their probable original source. Journal of Arid Environments. 160:91-94 doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2018.09.012
Simo M.; Tamar K.; Smid J.; Mitsi P.; Sindaco R.; Chirio L.; Carranza S. 2019. Biogeography of Mesalina (Reptilia: Lacertidae), with special emphasis on the Mesalina adramitana group from Arabia and the Socotra Archipelago. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 137 doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2019.04.023
Oromi N.; Valbuena-Ureña E.; Soler-Membrives A.; Amat F.; Camarasa S.; Carranza S.; Sanuy D.; Denoël M. 2019. Genetic structure of lake and stream populations in a Pyrenean amphibian (Calotriton asper) reveals evolutionary significant units associated with paedomorphosis. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research.: doi: 10.1111/jzs.12250
Machado L.; Šmíd J.; Mazuch T.; Sindaco R.; Al Shukaili A.S.; Carranza S. 2019. Systematics of the Saharo-Arabian clade of the Palearctic naked-toed geckos with the description of a new species of Tropiocolotes endemic to Oman. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 57(1):159-178 doi: 10.1111/jzs.12226