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


Investigador principal

José Castresana Villamor

Castresana Villamor, José
CSIC Research Scientist
Phylogeny and Phylogeography of Mammals Lab

Miembros del grupo

Roman Emanuel Sapino

Sapino, Roman Emanuel
Scientific support personnel
Phylogeny and Phylogeography of Mammals

Proyectos en curso


Balmori‐de la Puente A, Escoda L, Fernández‐González Á, Menéndez‐Pérez D, González‐Esteban J, Castresana J. 2023. Evaluating the use of non-invasive hair sampling and ddRAD to characterize populations of endangered species: Application to a peripheral population of the European mink. Ecology and Evolution, 13(9). DOI:10.1002/ece3.10530

Escoda L, Hawlitschek O, González-Esteban J, Castresana J. 2022. Methodological challenges in the genomic analysis of an endangered mammal population with low genetic diversity. Scientific Reports, 12(1):21390. DOI:10.1038/s41598-022-25619-y

Balmori-de la Puente A, Ventura J, Miñarro M, Somoano A, Hey J, Castresana J. 2022. Divergence time estimation using ddRAD data and an isolation-with-migration model applied to water vole populations of Arvicola. Scientific Reports, 12(1):4065. DOI:10.1038/s41598-022-07877-y

Escoda L, Castresana J. 2021. The genome of the Pyrenean desman and the effects of bottlenecks and inbreeding on the genomic landscape of an endangered species. Evolutionary Applications, 14(7):1898-1913. DOI:10.1111/eva.13249

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. DOI:10.1002/ece3.3034

García K, Melero Y, Palazón S, Gosálbez J, Castresana J. 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. DOI:10.1007/s10530-017-1475-4

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. DOI:10.1111/mec.14133

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 AA, Gosálbez 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):1-16. DOI:10.1186/s12862-015-0485-z

Rodriǵuez-Prieto A, Igea J, Castresana J. 2014. Development of rapidly evolving intron markers to estimate multilocus species trees of rodents. PLoS ONE, 9(5):1-10. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0096032

Igea J, Aymerich P, Fernández-González A, González-Esteban J, Gómez A, Alonso R, Gosálbez J, Castresana J. 2013. Phylogeography and postglacial expansion of the endangered semi-aquatic mammal Galemys pyrenaicus. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13(1):1-19. DOI:10.1186/1471-2148-13-115

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(1745):4148-4155. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2012.1393

Sánchez-Gracia A, Castresana J. 2012. Impact of deep coalescence on the reliability of species tree inference from different types of DNA markers in mammals. PLoS ONE, 7(1). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0030239

Soria-Carrasco V, Castresana J. 2011. Patterns of mammalian diversification in recent evolutionary times: Global tendencies and methodological issues. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24(12):2611-2623. DOI:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02384.x