Among the most important scientific goals in biodiversity research is understanding the complex evolutionary and ecological relationships between species. Within this framework, the Animal Biodiversity and Evolution (ABE) program has two fundamental and complementary objectives: 1) to describe biodiversity and to help in the reconstruction of the Tree of Life, and 2) to advance in our understanding about how this biodiversity has been generated, how it evolved and which factors explain its spatial and ecological patterns. To achieve these goals, we study particular cases and taxonomic groups (mainly within mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and beetles) as well as more global trends. We also use a wide range of techniques, from field work and the study of morphology to genetic and phylogenomic analyses.
Students at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels with motivation and interest in our research areas are always encouraged to contact the principal investigators stating their interests.
- Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians
- Phylogeny and Phylogeography of Mammals
- Microbial Ecology and Evolution
- Metazoa Phylogenomics
- Herbivore Beetle Evolution
- Butterfly Diversity and Evolution