Principal Investigator: Jose Castresana Principal Investigator: Jose Castresana


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Our main goal is the application of phylogenetic and genomic analyses to the study of animal biodiversity and evolution, with specific interest in mammals. Using next-generation sequencing techniques and advanced bioinformatic tools, we are analyzing the population divergence and speciation process in different species complexes in order to obtain a better description of our biological diversity. We also use these modern methodologies to understand the evolutionary history of some species of great conservation importance. We are therefore working on two main research topics:
  • Population genomics and speciation
  • Conservation genomics


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Publications since 2011 Publications since 2011

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

Karla García;Yolanda Melero;Santiago Palazón;Joaquim Gosálbez;Jose Castresana 2017. Spatial mixing of mitochondrial lineages and greater genetic diversity in some invasive populations of the American mink (Neovison vison) compared to native populations. Biological Invasions. 19(9):2663-2673

Hawlitschek, O.; Brückmann, B.; Glaw, F. 2017. Causal or spurious relationship? Climate and the distribution of Phelsuma geckos on Grand Comoro Island. African Journal of Ecology. 55(4):500-508

Hawlitschek, O.; Toussaint, E.F.A.; Gehring, P.-S.; Ratsoavina, F.M.; Cole, N.; Crottini, A.; Nopper, J.; Lam, A.W.; Vences, M.; and Glaw, F. 2017. Gecko phylogeography in the Western Indian Ocean region: the oldest clade of Ebenavia inunguis lives on the youngest island. Journal of Biogeography 44(2):409-420

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4th September, 2012. BBC News. Science and environment section: "Pyrenean desman: On the trail of Europe's weirdest beast" . Science and Environment section: "Pyrenean desman: On the trail of Europe's weirdest beast". The report describes the research carried out on the endangered Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus), and in which IBE researcher Jose Castresana collaborates.