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

Our main research goal is the application of genomic and bioinformatic 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. Finally, we develop free software when necessary to implement novel methods related to the analysis of sequences and genotypes. We are therefore working on the following topics:
  • Conservation Genomics
  • Population Genomics and Speciation
  • Software Development

Selected Publications
  • Balmori-de la Puente, A., Nores, C., Román, J., Fernández-González, A., Aymerich, P., Gosálbez, J., Escoda, L., and Castresana, J. (2019). Size increase without genetic divergence in the Eurasian water shrew Neomys fodiens. Scientific Reports 9, 17375.
  • 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.

Last update: December 2019