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.

Lab website: Castresana Lab


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Publications Publications

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): e0201763 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

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