Natural History & Systematics - NHS

Animal Biodiversity, Evolution and Systematics

The “Animal Biodiversity, Evolution and Systematics” Group includes 4 researchers (integrated members), three holding post-doctoral grants. The group also includes 1 research grant holder hired by specific research projects and 5 collaborators.

Using diverse animal taxa from Iberia and southern Africa, the sun-group aims to:

(i) Examine the role of biogeography in the evolution of species;

(ii) Address the role of intrinsic biological and extrinsic environmental factors in shaping populations' genetic structure;

(iii) Study the impact of short-term events, like human-induced habitat changes and severe droughts, on the genetic variability of threatened animals;

(iv) Investigate the evolutionary processes leading to speciation, in particular, the genomic regions involved in the formation and persistence of incipient species;

(v) Use natural history collections to analyse biodiversity patterns in time and space, especially with respect to environmental and human factors.


Additionally, this sub-group is also deeply involved in:

(i) Promote digital accessibility of biodiversity data and produce associated digital contents for education and outreach;

(ii) Develop outreach projects such as exhibitions, conferences and other events for general audiences;

(iii) Promote informal education projects on natural sciences.