Castresana Lab
Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Program
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Jose Castresana
CSIC Research Scientist
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 37
08003 Barcelona, Spain


Research Interests: Population and Conservation Genomics of Mammals

Our main goal is the application of phylogenetic and genomic analyses to the study of animal biodiversity and evolution. 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


Selected Publications
  • Querejeta, M., González-Esteban, J., Gómez, A., Fernández-González, A., Aymerich, P., Gosálbez, J., Escoda, L., Igea, J., and Castresana, J. (2016). Genomic diversity and geographical structure of the Pyrenean desman. Conservation Genetics 17, 1333-1344.
    [abstract]
  • Igea, J., Aymerich, P., Bannikova, A.A., Gosálbez, J., and 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, 209.
    [abstract] [pdf]
  • Rodríguez-Prieto, A., Igea, J., and Castresana, J. (2014). Development of rapidly evolving intron markers to estimate multilocus species trees of rodents. PLOS ONE 9, e96032.
    [article] [pdf]
  • Igea, J., Aymerich, P., Fernández-González, A., González-Esteban, J., Gómez, A., Alonso, R., Gosálbez, J., and Castresana, J. (2013). Phylogeography and postglacial expansion of the endangered semi-aquatic mammal Galemys pyrenaicus. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13, 115.
    [abstract] [pdf]
  • Sánchez-Gracia, A., and 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, e30239.
    [article] [pdf]
  • Soria-Carrasco, V., and Castresana, J. (2012). Diversification rates and the latitudinal gradient of diversity in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279, 4148-4155.
    [abstract] [pdf]

Last update: November 2016