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SALOMICS: Genetic and ecological drivers of reproductive mode shifts in salamanders: a comparative approach

SALOMICS: Genetic and ecological drivers of reproductive mode shifts in salamanders: a comparative approach<br /><br />

Reproductive mode shifts are important evolutionary adaptations and understanding the genetic and ecological mechanisms underlying these shifts is a central topic in evolutionary biology. Viviparity, the skipping of the larval stage and the internal development of fully developed juveniles, is a remarkable reproductive mode in amphibians with important ecological and evolutionary consequences. We will study a unique natural system, the Salamandra genus, where the shift to viviparity occurred independently four times throughout the evolutionary history of this clade, with two species displaying an exceptional intra-specific diversity in their reproductive mode. With a strong baseline obtained from previous work, we will examine the genomic and ecological mechanisms underlying viviparity in a comparative framework.

Team
Principal Investigator
Guillermo Velo-Antón

Guillermo Velo-Antón

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Researchers
Miguel Jorge Pinto Carneiro

Miguel Jorge Pinto Carneiro

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
EVOLGEN
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Students
André Filipe Plácido Lourenço

André Filipe Plácido Lourenço

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Kevin Mulder

Kevin Mulder

Position: PhD Student
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Other members
Ivan Gómez-Mestre (Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC), Iñigo Martínez-Solano (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC), David Buckley (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC), Wieslaw Babik (Jagiellonian University), Aureliano Bombarely (Virginia Tech), Ian J. Wang (UC Berkeley), Lucía Alarcón Ríos (Universidad de Oviedo)
State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 2 years)
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO, CSIC, Jagiellonian University, UC Berkeley, Universidad de Oviedo, Virginia Tech
Reference
PTDC/BIA-EVL/28475/2017
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