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.
Richter, A., Hita-Garcia, F., Keller, R.A., Billen, J., Katzke, J., Boudinot, B.E., Economo, E.P. & Beutel, R.G. (2021) The head anatomy of Protanilla lini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Leptanillinae), with a hypothesis of their mandibular movement.Myrmecological News, 31, 85-114. DOI:10.25849/myrmecol.news_031:085 (IF2021 4,000; Q1 Entomology)
Wang, C., Lin, C-C., Keller, R.A. & Billen, J. (2021) The 'hairwheels' in Strumigenys ants are not glandular.Asian Myrmecology, 13, e013004. DOI:10.20362/am.013004 (IF2021 0,333; Q4 Entomology)
Duarte, M.A., Fernandes, C.R., Heckel, G., da Luz Mathias, M. & Bastos-Silveira, C. (2021) Variation and selection in the putative sperm-binding region of ZP3 in muroid rodents: a comparison between cricetids and murines.Genes, 12(9), 1450. DOI:10.3390/genes12091450 (IF2021 4,141; Q2 Genetics and Heredity)