Research Interests: Population and Conservation Genomics of Mammals
Our main goal is the application of phylogenetic and genomic analyses to study animal biodiversity and evolution. We use next-generation sequencing techniques and advanced bioinformatic tools to understand the phylogeographic patterns and the population history of several species of mammals, some of them of great conservation importance. We also analyze the speciation process in different species complexes to obtain a better description of our biological diversity. Current research topics include:
- Conservation genomics
- Methodological aspects of phylogenetic reconstruction
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.