Castresana Lab
Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Program
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Jose Castresana
CSIC Research Scientist
Institute of Evolutionary Biology (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 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 studying the population structure, kinship relationships and connectivity patterns in some species of great conservation importance, such as the Pyrenean desman. We also use these modern methodologies to analyze the population divergence and speciation process in different species complexes in order to obtain a better description of our biological diversity. We are therefore working on two main research topics:
  • Conservation genomics
  • Population genomics and speciation

Selected Publications
  • Escoda, L., Fernández-González, A., and Castresana, J. (In press). Quantitative analysis of connectivity in populations of a semi-aquatic mammal using kinship categories and network assortativity. Molecular Ecology Resources doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12967.
  • Hawlitschek, O., Fernández-González, A., Balmori-de la Puente, A., and Castresana, J. (2018). A pipeline for metabarcoding and diet analysis from fecal samples developed for a small semi-aquatic mammal. PLOS ONE 13, e0201763.
  • 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.

Work with us

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 use innovative techniques, including NGS, 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.

Last update: November 2018