Research interests

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Charles Darwin

We are interested in patterns, processes and mechanisms associated to the generation of biodiversity, a central question in Evolutionary Biology. Our research is focused in determining the amount and type of genetic variation linked to speciation events and its relationship to morphological and behavioral adaptation. Thus, We infer statistically robust phylogenetic frameworks that allow us reconstructing the evolution of morphological and behavioral traits, as well as understanding the historical generation of current biogeographical patterns. We are currently focused mainly on gastropod systematics and base phylogenetic inferences on complete mitochondrial genome sequence data as well as nuclear markers derived from next-generation sequencing technologies. To complement the above-mentioned research, we have also active research in molecular evolution. We are interested in the evolution of gene families, model selection, and the causes behind incorrect phylogenetic inferences.
"whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved"