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Origin and maintenance of color polymorphisms: An integrative approach combining Genomics, Behavior and a Population study

Origin and maintenance of color polymorphisms: An integrative approach combining Genomics, Behavior and a Population study

In this project, we will address the complex evolutionary dynamics underlying the maintenance of color morphs in populations by asking two questions: 1) what is the evolutionary origin of the polymorphism and 2) how are different morphs maintained within populations? To answer these questions we will focus on Podarcis muralis, a lizard species in which five discrete ventral color morphs occur, and take a holistic approach comprising: a) genomics (to identify the genetic basis of polymorphisms and test hypotheses about evolutionary reticulation and parallelism), b) behavioral experiments in semi-natural conditions (to investigate the function of colors as signaling alternative reproductive strategies), and c) a population level assessment of morph diversity (to address predictions about the relative role of sexual selection, natural selection, gene flow and drift in the maintenance of the polymorphism).

Team
Principal Investigator
Catarina Lopes Pinho

Catarina Lopes Pinho

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Groups:
FBIO, PHENEVOL
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Researchers
Guillem Pérez-Lanuza 

Guillem Pérez-Lanuza 

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Groups:
AP, FBIO
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Miguel A. Carretero

Miguel A. Carretero

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
FBIO
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Miguel Jorge Pinto Carneiro

Miguel Jorge Pinto Carneiro

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
EVOLGEN
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Pedro Andrade

Pedro Andrade

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Groups:
EVOLGEN, TROPBIO
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Zbyszek Boratynski

Zbyszek Boratynski

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Groups:
BIODESERTS, FBIO
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State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 2 years)
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO, Lund University, University of Pavia, University of Valencia
Reference
030288 (02/SAICT/2017)
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