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.
Tomé B.; Maia J.; Perera A.; Carranza S. and Vasconcelos R. 2020. Parasites in a hotspot:diversity and specificity patterns of apicomplexans infecting reptiles from the Socotra Archipelago. Parasitology. 44136 doi: 10.1017/S0031182020002000.
Slavenko A.; Tamar K.; Tallowin OJS, Allison A, Kraus F, Carranza S, Meiri S. 2020. Cryptic diversity and non-adaptive radiation of montane New Guinea skinks (Papuascincus; Scincidae).. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106749
Machado L.; Salvi D.; James Harris D.; Brito J.C.; Crochet P.A.; Geniez P.; Ahmadzadeh F. and Carranza S. 2020. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Saharo-Arabian naked-toed geckos genus Tropiocolotes. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 106969 doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106969.
Greener M.S.; Verbrugghe E.; Kelly M.; ...[3 authors]...; Carranza S …[11 authors]…; Vervaeke M.; Pasmans F. and Martel A. 2020. Presence of low virulence chytrid fungi could protect European amphibians from more deadly strains. Nat Commun. 11(1):5393 doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-19241-7.
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