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On the road to speciation: an integrated assessment of the evolution of reproductive isolation in a cryptic species complex

On the road to speciation: an integrated assessment of the evolution of reproductive isolation in a cryptic species complex

Understanding how new species arise has been one of the most ambitious goals of evolutionary biology ever since Darwin, yet also one of its most controversial subjects. 

Decades of research have shown that the acquisition of reproductive isolation between diverging entities (usually seen as the essence of speciation) is generally a gradual process and that there is a natural continuity in divergence from varieties or races to fully isolated species, with all sorts of intermediate situations. To understand how speciation occurs, one must thus not have a static view on species, but rather evaluate their continuous emergence in space and time. 

The main AIM of this proposal is to investigate the progression of reproductive isolation over time using a novel approach: the multidisciplinary study of contact zone dynamics between taxa that have diverged over different timescales.

Team
Principal Investigator
Catarina Lopes Pinho

Catarina Lopes Pinho

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Groups:
FBIO, PHENEVOL
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Other members
Stuart James Edmiston Baird, Pedro Galán Regalado, Diana Raquel de Carvalho e Barbosa
State
Concluded
Proponent Institution
Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares - Porto (ICETA-Porto/UP)
Funded by
FCT, COMPETE
Dates
0000 (Duration: 2013 years)
Participant Institutions
Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade de Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO/ICETA-Porto/UP), Universidad de A Coruña (UDC)
Reference
PTDC/BIA-BEC/102179/2008
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