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, with specific interest in mammals. 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 study kinship relationships and connectivity between populations in some species of great conservation importance. We are therefore working on two main research topics:
- Population genomics and speciation
- Conservation genomics
Escoda, L., González-Esteban, J., Gómez, A., and Castresana, J. (2017). Using relatedness networks to infer contemporary dispersal: application to the endangered mammal Galemys pyrenaicus. Molecular Ecology 26, 3343-3357.
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.
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.
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.