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Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Programme
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Salvador Carranza - Senior Researcher (Científico Titular)

E-mail: salvador.carranza@ibe.upf-csic.es

Phone Number: + 34 932309644

PhD in Biology (1998), Dept. Genetics, University of Barcelona, Spain

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Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Raquel Vasconcelos - Funded by FCT, Portugal (Ref: SFRH/BPD/79913/2011)

E-mail: raquel.vasconcelos@mail.icav.up.pt

Degree in Biology (2003) University of Lisbon, Portugal; MSc Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution, University of Porto, Portugal; PhD in Biology (2011), University of Porto, Portugal

    Research project: Conservation of genetic diversity in insular systems under climate change: a multidisciplinary approach integrating phylogenetics, geostatistics, species distribution modelling and reserve selection algorithms

 

Pedro Tarroso - Funded by FCT, Portugal (Ref: SFRH/BPD/93473/2013)

E-mail: pedro.tarroso@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2000), University of Minho, Portugal; MSc Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (2008), University of Porto, Portugal; PhD in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (2013), University of Porto, Portugal

    Research project:Climate change in extreme habitats: impacts in the spatial dynamics of contact zones

 

Karin Tamar – Contracted CSIC

E-mail: karintmr@gmail.com

PhD July 2015: Phylogeny and phylogeography of the Lacertid Genera Acanthodactylus Fitzinger, 1834 and Phoenicolacerta Arnold, Arribas and Carranza, 2007 (Reptilia: Lacertidae).

    Research project: Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Arabian reptiles using Next-Generation Sequencing approaches

 

Panagiotis Kornilios – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. 2017-2018 outgoing phase Adam’s Leaché Lab, Seatle, USA, 2019 reintegration phase S. Carranza’s lab, Barcelona, Spain.

E-mail: korniliospanagiotis@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2002) University of Patras, Greece; MSc Biology, University of Crete, Greece; PhD in Biology (2012), University of Patras, Greece

    Research project:  Comparative Phylogeography of a Megadiverse Fauna across the Mediterranean

 

Marc Simó-Riudalabas – Contracted CSIC

E-mail: marcsimo88@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2011), University of Barcelona, Spain; MSc, University of Barcelona, Spain (2012). PhD in Biology (2018), Pompeu Fabra University.

    Research project:  Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of the geckos of the genus Pristurus (Squamata, Sphaerodactylidae)

 

PhD Students

 

Héctor Tejero Cicuéndez- Funded by the FPI program (MINECO), Spain, 2017 - 220

E-mail: cicuendez93@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2015), Complutense University of Madrid, Spain; MSc, University of Barcelona, Spain (2016)

Research project: Arabian reptiles as a model to investigate how biodiversity is generated and maintained in arid areas

 

Luis Machado- Funded by the FCT, Portugal, 2013 - 2016. Co-supervised with Dr. D.J. Harris, CIBIO, Portugal and Dr. Daniele Salvi, CIBIO, Portugal

E-mail: luis.ca.machado@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2009), University of Minho, Portugal; MSc in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution, (2012), University of Porto, Portugal

    Research project: Species delimitation and molecular evolution of the mitochondrial genome in reptiles

 

MSc Students

 

New MSc students (course 2018-2019) will start in January 2019

 

 

 

 

Former Group Members

Technicians

 

Josep Lluís Roca - October 2014 - April 2015

E-mail: jlroca4222@gmail.com

MSc in Biology (Diploma in Advanced Studies) (2006), University of Barcelona; Degree in Biology, University of Barcelona

 

Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Elena Gómez-Díaz- Funded by the Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral program, Ministry of Economics and Competitivity, Spain, 2011-2013

E-mail: elegomezdiaz@gmail.com

Web page: https://sites.google.com/site/elegomezdiaz/

Present Address:Ramón & Cajal Researcher. Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Sevilla, Spain

 

Joan Garcia Porta - Contracted CSIC

E-mail: jgarciaporta@gmail.com

Web page: https://joangarciaporta.weebly.com/

Present Address: Juan de la Cierva Researcher. Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

 

PhD Students

 

Marc Simó-Riudalbas- PhD project: An integrative approach to the Systematics and Evolution of some selected reptile groups from Arabia. PhD defense 27th of July 2018.

E-mail: marcsimo88@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2011), University of Barcelona, Spain; MSc, University of Barcelona, Spain (2012)

 

Joana Mendes- PhD project: Evolutionary history of selected squamates: insights from nuclear genes and species tree with implications for biogeography and taxonomy. PhD defense 26th of January 2018. Co-supervised with Dr. Daniele Salvi and Dr. D.J. Harris, CIBIO, Portugal.

E-mail: jo.s.mendes.21@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2009), University of Porto, Portugal; MSc Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution, (2011), University of Porto, Portugal. PhD Funded by the FCT, Portugal, 2012 - 2015.

 

Duarte Gonçalves - PhD project: Integrative inference of evolutionary patterns of desert biodiversity: a spatial and temporal multi-scale approach using herpetofauna from North-Africa. PhD defense 9th of January 2018. Co-supervised with Dr. J. Brito, CIBIO, Portugal

E-mail: duartevng@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2008), University of Porto, Portugal; MSc Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (2010), University of Porto, Portugal. PhD Funded by FCT, Portugal, 2012 - 2015.

 

Emilio Valbuena Ureña - PhD project: Conservation genetics of the critically endangered Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi). PhD defense: 24th July 2015

E-mail: emiliovalbuena@yahoo.es

Degree in Biology (2003), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; MSc (2010) Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

 

Philip de Pous - Funded by the FI program (Generalitat de Catalunya), 2012 - 2014. PhD project: Integrating geospatial methods into evolutionary biology and conservation: case studies on selected Western Palearctic herpetofauna. PhD defense: 13th July 2015. Co-supervised with Prof. D. Sanuy, University of Lleida, Spain

E-mail: philipdepous@gmail.com

Web page: http://www.philipdepous.com

Degree in Wildlife Management (2004-2010), University of Applied Sciences, Van Hall-Larenstein, the Netherlands; MSc with Distinction in Applied Ecology and Conservation (2010-2011), University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

 

Joan Garcia Porta - Funded by the JAE program (CSIC), Spain, 2009-2013. PhD project: Evolution and diversitfication of the geckos of the Arabaian Peninsula and Socotra Archipelago, compared to other mainland-island systems. PhD defense:10th October 2014

E-mail: jgarciaporta@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2007), Autonomous University of Barcelona; MSc (2010), University of Barcelona, Spain

 

Margarita Metallinou - Funded by the FPU program (MICINN), 2009-2013. PhD project: Systematics, biogeography and evolution of selected widespread reptile genera from the arid areas of North Africa and Arabia. PhD defense: 17th July 2014

Degree in Biology (2008), University of Athens; MSc(2009), University of Barcelona, Spain

Last address: Villanova University, 800 Lancanster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085.

Deceased July 2015

 

Karin Tamar - Ph.D. Student, 2010 - 2014. PhD project: Phylogeny and phylogeography of the Lacertid Genera Acanthodactylus Fitzinger, 1834 and Phoenicolacerta Arnold, Arribas and Carranza, 2007 (Reptiia: Lacertidae). Co-supervised with Dr. Shai Meiri. PhD degree: July 2015

E-mail: karintmr@gmail.com

 

 

Mafalda Barata - Funded by the FCT, Portugal, 2008-2012. University of Porto, Faculty of Sciences, Portugal/Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Spain. PhD project: High altitude landscape genetics: predicting the past, present and future of selected African herpetofauna. PhD defense: 12th March 2013. Co-supervised with Dr. D.J. Harris, CIBIO, Portugal

E-mail: mrbarata@gmail.com

Degree in Biology (2004), University of Algarve, Portugal; MSc Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (2005), University of Porto, Portugal

 

Catarina Rato - Funded by the FCT, Portugal, 2008-2012. University of Porto, Faculty of Sciences, Portugal/Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Spain. PhD project: Phylogeny, phylogeography and mitochondrial evolutionary patterns of the Mediterranean Geckos Tarentola and Hemidactylus turcicus. PhD defense: 27th June 2012. Co-supervised with Dr. D.J. Harris, CIBIO, Portugal

E-mail: caterina.rato@mail.icav.up.pt

Degree in Biology (2005), University of Lisbon, Portugal; MSc Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (2006), University of Porto, Portugal

 

Raquel Vasconcelos - Funded by the FCT, Portugal, 2006-2010. University of Porto, Faculty of Sciences, Portugal/Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Spain. PhD project: Modeling terrestrial biodiversity in the Cape Verde islands: combining ecogeographical information with molecular markers. PhD defense: April 2011. Co-supervised with Dr. D.J. Harris, CIBIO, Portugal

E-mail: raquel.vasconcelos@mail.icav.up.pt

Degree in Biology (2003), Univeristy of Lisbon, Portugal; MSc Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (2004), University of Porto, Portugal

 

MSc Students

 

Bernat Burriel- MSc in Biodiversity, University of Barcelona. Distribution and conservation of the reptiles of the United Arab Emirates. October 2017 - September 2018. Degree in Ambiental Biology (2017), Autonomous University of Barcelona. Matricula de Honor (Honors).

E-mail: bernatburriel@gmail.com

Carolina Molina- MSc in Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Distribution and evolution of the western European water frogs (genus Pelophylax) from Catalonia, northeastern Spain. October 2017 - September 2018. Degree in Biology (2017), Autonomous University of Barcelona. Matricula de Honor (Honors).

E-mail:

Pelagia Mitsi- MSc in Biodiversity, University of Barcelona. Systematics and evolution of the Arabian endemic gecko Pristurus minimus Arnold, 1977 (Squamata, Sphaerodactylidae). October 2017 - September 2018. Degree in Biology (2017), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

E-mail: pel.mitsi@gmail.com

 

Albert Carné Constans - MSc in Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Diversity and Biogeography of the endemic reptiles of the Hajar Mountains of south-eastern Arabia. February - September 2017. Degree in Biology (2016), University of Girona, Spain. Matricula de Honor (Honors).


E-mail:albertcarne@hotmail.es

Morgan Hoftijzer- MSc in Cancer Stem Cells & Developmental Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Phylogeny and biogeography of Pristurus sokotranus and Pristurus samhaensis from the Socotra Archipelago. January - July 2017. Degree in Biology (2016), Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

E-mail:m.d.hoftijzer@students.uu.nl

 

 

Meritxell Xipell- MSc in Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Distribution and conservation of the reptiles of the Sultanate of Oman. April - September 2016. Degree in Environmental Sciences (2015), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Matricula de Honor (Honors).


E-mail: meritxell.xipell@gmail.com

 

 

Dragan Arsovski- MSc in Biology, Erasmus Mundi Program in Evolutionary Biology (MEME). Phylogenetic relationships of the endemic Semaphore geckos (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae: Pristurus) of the Socotra Archipelago. March - August 2015. Degree in Ecology (2012), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Skopje, Macedonia.

E-mail: dragan.arsovski@evobio.eu

 

Santiago Montero Mendieta- MSc in Biodiversity, University of Barcelona. DNA Barcode of the reptiles of the Socotra Archipelago. October 2013 - 18th September 2014. Degree in Biology (2013), University of Girona, Spain. Matricula de Honor (Honors).

E-mail: biomendi@gmail.com

 

Arnaud Badiane- MSc Student Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France. Systematics, evolution and biogeography of the genus Pristurus (Squamata, Sphaerodactylidae. February 2013-June 2013

E-mail: arnaud.badiane@gmail.com

Marc Simó Riudalbes- MSc in Biology, University of Barcelona. Intra-island diversification of the genus Haemodracon (Gekkota, Phyllodactylidae) in the Socotran Archipelago: a phylogenetic, ecological and morphometric approach. September 2012. Degree in Biology (2011), University of Barcelona, Spain

E-mail: marcsimo88@gmail.com

 

Hernan Morales - MSc in Biology, Centre for Evolutionary and Ecological Studies, University of Groningen. Phylogeography and evolution of the geckos of the genus Pristurus from the Socotran archipelago. May 2011. Degree in Biology (2008), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico

E-mail: hern.moral@gmail.com

 

Emilio Valbuena Ureña- MSc in Biology, Autonomous University of Barcelona.Genetic structure of the endemic Montseny brook newt, Calotriton arnoldi Carranza and Amat, 2005 (Amphibia:Salamandridae), inferred from mtDNA and nDNA. September 2010. Degree in Biology (2003), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

E-mail: emiliovalbuena@yahoo.es

 

Elisa Mora - MSc Student, University of Barcelona, Spain. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the geckos of the genus Asaccus. September 2010. Degree in Biology (2009), University of Barcelona, Spain

E-mail: elisamoracheca@gmail.com

 

Joan Garcia Porta - MSc in Biology, University of Barcelona. Molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography of the European common toad (Bufo bufo species complex). September 2010. Degree in Biology (2007), Autonomous University of Barcelona

E-mail: jgarciaporta@gmail.com

 

Margarita Metallinou - MSc in Biology, University of Barcelona. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of Stenodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). September 2009. Degree in Biology (2008), University of Athens

E-mail: magicmarga@gmail.com

Deceased July 2015

Cristina Cabrera - MSc in Experimental Biology, University of Barcelona. Diversitat de planàries terrestres (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida) a la Península Ibèrica. Una aproximació molecular. February 2007. Co-supervised with Dr. Eduardo Mateos, University of Barcelona. Degree in Biology (2006)

 

Josep Lluís Roca - MSc in Biology (Diploma in Advanced Studies), University of Barcelona. Biogeografia i evolució de l'herpetofauna de la Mediterrània occidental. September 2006. Degree in Biology, University of Barcelona

E-mail: jlroca4222@gmail.com

 

 

ERASMUS Students

 

Pelagia Mitsi- Erasmus Training Program. Biogeography and Evolution of the lacertid lizards of the genus Mesalina. December 2016 - June 2017. Degree in Biology (2017), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

E-mail: pel.mitsi@gmail.com

 

Claudia Mateus- Erasmus Training programme, Phylogentics. University of Porto, Portugal. Degree in Biology (2014), University of Porto, Portugal. November 2014-June 2015

E-mail: claudia.av.mateus@gmail.com

 

Isabel Tavares- MSc Student/ Erasmus programme. University of Porto, Portugal. Systematics of the genus Chalcides in Morocco. Degree in Biology (2013), University of Porto, Portugal

E-mail: isabeltavares8@live.com.pt

 

Nefeli Angeliki Paschou- Erasmus Student, University of Crete, Greece. Systematics of selected herpetofauna from Oman. Biology Student, University of Crete, Greece

E-mail: nefelyp@hotmail.com

 

Papadaki Stravini- Erasmus Student, Biology degree, University of Crete, Greece. Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of the geckos of the genus Asaccus from Oman. February 2013-May 2013

Filipa Sampaio- MSc Student (Erasmus exchange program), University of Porto, Portugal. lPhylogeography and evolution of Trogonophis wiegmanni. November 2011-February 2012. Degree in Biology (2010), University of Porto, Portugal

E-mail: filipalsampaio@gmail.com

 

Undergraduate students

 

 

Laia Péreza- Autonomous Univeersity of Barcelona, Spain.

Dates: July 2018 - January 2019


E-mail: laia.perez.sorribes@gmail.com

 

Mar Cirac- Univesity of Girona, Spain.

Dates: June-July 2018


E-mail: marcirac.r@gmail.com

 

Meritxell Garcia- University of Barcelona, Spain.

Dates: January-June 2016


E-mail: mgarciavidal@prbb.org

 

Albert Carné - University of Girona, Spain.

Dates: June-July 2015


E-mail: albertcarne@hotmail.es

 

Arnau Ruiz - Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Dates: June-July 2015


E-mail: arnau19933@gmail.com

 

Visitors

Jiri Smid - PhD Student. Department of Zoology, National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

Dates: June 2010; April-June 2011

    Research project:Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the members of the Arid clade of Hemidactylus

Erika Zakar- PhD Student University of Debrecen Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic, Hungary

Degree in Biology (2007) University of Debrecen, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Nature Protection Engineering, Hungary

Dates: September 2013-December 2013

    Research project: Phylogeny and evolution of Hemidactylus and Ptyodactylus geckos from Oman