Research Interests: Population and Conservation Genomics of Mammals
Our main goal is the application of genomic analyses to the study and conservation of animal biodiversity. Using next-generation sequencing techniques and advanced bioinformatic tools, we are inferring 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 study the population divergence and the speciation process in various species complexes of small mammals in order to obtain a better description of our biological diversity. We are therefore working on two main research lines:
- Conservation Genomics
- Population Genomics and Speciation
Escoda, L., Fernández-González, A., and Castresana, J. (2019). Quantitative analysis of connectivity in populations of a semi-aquatic mammal using kinship categories and network assortativity. Molecular Ecology Resources 19, 310-326.
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.