The application of phylogenetic and genomic analyses to the study of animal biodiversity and evolution, with a specific focus on mammals, is the main goal of the Phylogeny and Phylogeography of Mammals lab. Using next-generation sequencing techniques and advanced bioinformatics tools, the population divergence and speciation process in different species complexes are analysed in order to obtain a better description of our biological diversity. These modern methodologies are also used to study kinship relationships and connectivity between populations in some species of great conservation importance, such as the Pyrenean desman.

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Publications Publications

Balmori-de la Puente A.; Nores C.; Román J.; Fernández-González A.; Aymerich P.; Gosálbez J.; Escoda L.; Castresana J. 2020. Size increase without genetic divergence in the Eurasian water shrew Neomys fodiens. Scientific reports. 10(1):2298 doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-58289-9

Escoda L, Fernández-González Á, Castresana J. 2019. Quantitative analysis of connectivity in populations of a semi-aquatic mammal using kinship categories and network assortativity. Molecular Ecology Resources, 19(2):310-326. DOI:10.1111/1755-0998.12967

Balmori-de la Puente A, Nores C, Román J, Fernández-González A, Aymerich P, Gosálbez J, Escoda L, Castresana J. 2019. Size increase without genetic divergence in the Eurasian water shrew Neomys fodiens. Scientific reports, 9: 17375. DOI:10.1038/s41598-019-53891-y.

Querejeta M, Castresana J. 2018. Evolutionary history of the endemic water shrew Neomys anomalus: Recurrent phylogeographic patterns in semi-aquatic mammals of the Iberian Peninsula. Ecology and Evolution, 8(20):10138-10146. DOI:10.1002/ece3.4487

Hawlitschek O, Fernández-González A, Balmori-de la Puente A, Castresana J. 2018. A pipeline for metabarcoding and diet analysis from fecal samples developed for a small semi-aquatic mammal. PLoS ONE, 13(8):1-19. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0201763

Querejeta, M.;Fernández-González, A.;Romero, R.;Castresana, J. 2017. Postglacial dispersal patterns and mitochondrial genetic structure of the Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) in the northwestern region of the Iberian Peninsula. Ecology and Evolution . 7(12):4486-4495

Escoda, L.;González-Esteban, J.;Gómez, A.;Castresana, J. 2017. Using relatedness networks to infer contemporary dispersal: Application to the endangered mammal Galemys pyrenaicus. Molecular Ecology . 26(13):3343-3357

Querejeta, M.; González-Esteban, J.; Gómez, A.; Fernández-González, A.; Aymerich, P.; Gosálbez, J.; Escoda, L.; Igea, J.; Castresana, J 2016. Genomic diversity and geographical structure of the Pyrenean desman. Conservation Genetics . 17 (6): 1333-1344 doi: 10.1007/s10592-016-0865-y

Igea, J.; Aymerich, P.; Bannikova, A.; Gosalbez, J.; Castresana, J. 2015. Multilocus species trees and species delimitation in a temporal context: application to the water shrews of the genus Neomys. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15(1): 209.

Rodríguez-Prieto, A.; Igea, J.; and Castresana, J. 2014. Development of Rapidly Evolving Intron Markers to Estimate Multilocus Species Trees of Rodents. Plos One 9 (5):e96032

Igea, J.;  Aymerich, P.; Fernández-Gonzalez, A.; González-Esteban, J.; Gomez, A.; Alonso, R.; Gosálbez, J.; Castresana, J. 2013. Phylogeography and postglacial expansion of the endangered semi-aquatic mammal Galemys pyrenaicusBMC Evolutionary Biology. 13 (1):115

Soria-Carrasco, V.; Castresana, J.  2012. Diversification rates and the latitudinal gradient of diversity in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279: 4148-4155.

Soria-carrasco, V. ; Castresana, J. 2011. Patterns of mammalian diversification in recent evolutionary times: global tendencies and methodological issuesJournal of Evolutionary Biology 24:2611-2623