Castresana Lab
Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Program
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Jose Castresana

Research Scientist at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 37
08003 Barcelona, Spain

Tel: +34 932309642
Email: jose.castresana [at]

Research Interests: Phylogeny and Phylogeography of Mammals

Our main goal is the application of phylogenetic and genomic analyses to study animal biodiversity and evolution. Using multiple markers as well as next-generation sequencing techniques, we are studying the phylogeographic patterns and the population history of several species of small mammals, some of them of great conservation importance. We are also analyzing the speciation process in different groups of closely related lineages using multilocus species tree approaches. Finally, since phylogenies are one of the main tools of our work, we are always trying to improve phylogenetic analyses by introducing new methodologies and programs. Current research topics include:
  • Phylogeny and speciation of mammals
  • Conservation genomics of the Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus)
  • Methodological aspects of phylogenetic reconstruction

Selected Publications
  • 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.
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  • 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]
  • Castresana, J., Igea, J., Aymerich, P., Fernández-González, A., and Gosálbez, J. (2013). Filogeografía del desmán ibérico (Galemys pyrenaicus) y su distribución en la Red de Parques Nacionales. In: Proyectos de Investigación en Parques Nacionales: 2009-2012. Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales (Madrid). Pp 143-154.
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  • 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]
  • Soria-Carrasco, V., and Castresana, J. (2011). Patterns of mammalian diversification in recent evolutionary times: global tendencies and methodological issues. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24, 2611-2623.
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  • Igea, J., Juste, J., and Castresana, J. (2010). Novel intron markers to study the phylogeny of closely related mammalian species. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10, 369.
    [abstract] [pdf]

Positions Available

Students with interest in doing a Master Thesis, Ph.D. Thesis or postdoctoral work in my research group are always welcome to contact me. If you would like to work with us, please send me an e-mail me describing your interests and experience. We work on a broad variety of topics and species and use many different techniques, from molecular genetics and fieldwork to genomics and bioinformatics, so there are many opportunities to study interesting questions and to acquire useful skills in the fields of evolutionary biology and biodiversity research.

Instituto de Biología Evolutiva

Institut de Biologia Evolutiva

Institute of Evolutionary Biology
Last update: April 2015