• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Miguel A. Carretero
 
Position: Principal Researcher
Member Type: Researchers
Degree: PhD
Email: carretero@cibio.up.pt
Address: CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
Groups: AP

If you are looking for a specialist I am the wrong person. Although I focus most of my research in reptiles I tend to keep a multidisciplinary approach working in evolutionary ecology. Lacertids lizards are my main model organisms for investigating general topics as the species interactions in ecology and reproduction, the final causes of phenotypic variation and the character changes in the phylogeny. Since 2001, when I moved to Portugal, I have been working with the genus Podarcis, an evolutionary complex lizard group, by integrating phylogenetic information with the evidence of morphology, behaviour, physiology, ecology and life history of these organisms. I am especially interested in assessing ecological and reproductive segregation between related species in sympatry as well as in disentangling the effects of evolutionary history, local adaptation and environment on the phenotype. Other related directions in my research, also using the same model organisms, include the investigation of the asymmetry in paired structures, the host-parasite coevolution and the responses to environmental pollutants. Since 2010, I have also incorporated the Caucasian rock lizards genus Darevskia to investigate the dynamic patters of parthenogenesis and reticulate evolution in time and space.

On the other hand, my interests also spread to the monitoring of the distribution of biodiversity in space and time under disturbance (habitat degradation and fragmentation, climate change) in order to provide reliable biogeographic support for taking conservation and management decisions. I have also compromised myself in several executive conservation projects on endangered species of amphibians and reptiles in Europe.

 

My main working area is the Mediterranean Basin (Northern and Southern) but I have extended my activities as far as the Caucasus, the Western Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. Furthermore, I believe that scientists should make an effort for disseminating scientific knowledge to the society which, in fact, supports our research. That is what I try to do through articles, talks and communications to the media in the countries where I work. Just to conclude, neither my research interests can be considered closed nor I believe in solitary work. So, if you see this and find any synergies with your own work, have new ideas to test or a project to develop in collaboration, please, contact me.