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.
Tamar, K.; Metallinou, M.; Wilms, T.; Schmitz, A.; Crochet, P.-A.; Geniez, P.; Carranza, S. 2018. Evolutionary history of spiny-tailed lizards (Agamidae: Uromastyx) from the Saharo-Arabian region. Zoologica Scripta. 47(2):159-173 doi: 10.1111/zsc.12266
Tallowin, O.J.S.; Tamar, K.; Meiri, S.; Allison, A.; Kraus, F.; Richards, S.J.; Oliver, P.M. (2018) Early insularity and subsequent mountain uplift were complementary drivers of diversification in a Melanesian lizard radiation (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 125:29-39 doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.03.020
Simó-Riudalbas, M.; Tarroso P.; Papenfuss, T.; Al-Sariri, T.; Carranza, S. 2018. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of Asaccus gallagheri (Squamata, Phyllodactylidae) with the description of a new endemic species from Oman. Systematics and Biodiversity. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2017.1403496
Salvi, D.; Perera, A.; Sampaio, F.L.; Carranza, S.; Harris, D.J. (2018) Underground cryptic speciation within the Maghreb: Multilocus phylogeography sheds light on the diversification of the checkerboard worm lizard Trogonophis wiegmanni. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 120:118-128 doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.11.013
Mendes, J.; Salvi, D.; Harris, D.J.; Els, J.; Carranza, S. (2018) Hidden in the Arabian Mountains: Multilocus phylogeny reveals cryptic diversity in the endemic Omanosaura lizards. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. (): doi: 10.1111/jzs.12210