Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
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My main interest lies in understanding the evolution of phenotypes. I use phylogenetic comparative methods to study trait evolution. I have mainly focused on coevolution of traits, evolution of behaviour and adaptation of organisms to the environmental niche they exploit. I am also interested in the factors influencing species richness. Currently I am focusing on rate of molecular evolution, searching for factors that are associated with differences in rates of substitution and analyzing the associations between rates of molecular and phenotypic evolution, in collaboration with Dr. Carles Vilà.
I am also interested in conflict and cooperation within the family. For the moment my research has focused on parent-offspring conflict, competition between siblings, and the relationship between sexual selection and parental care, but I hope to broaden my scope in the future to include conflict and cooperation between parents regarding parental investment and mutual mate choice.
Brain evolution in cichlid fishes
Books / Chapters
28. Tsuboi M, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Kolm N (2014) Phenotypic integration of brain size and head morphology in Lake Tanganyika Cichlids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14, 39. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-39 Link
26. Amcoff M, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Kolm N (2013) Evolution of egg-dummies in Tanganyikan cichlid fishes: the roles of parental care and sexual selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26, 2369-82
25. Romeralo M, Skiba A, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Schilde C, Lawal H, Kedziora S, Cavender JC, Glöckner G, Urushihara H, Schaap P (2013) Analysis of phenotypic evolution in Dictyostelia highlights developmental plasticity as a likely consequence of colonial multicellularity. Proceedings of the Royal Society series B 280, 20130976. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0976
24. Santos-Gally R, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Arroyo J (2013) Deconstructing heterostyly: the evolutionary role of incompatibility system, pollinators and floral architecture. Evolution 67, 2072-2082. doi: 10.1111/evo.12087
22. von Hardenberg A*, Gonzalez-Voyer A* (2013) Disentangling evolutionary cause-effect relationships with phylogenetic confirmatory path analysis. Evolution 67, 378-387. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01790.x
21. Immler S, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Birkhed TR (2012) Distinct evolutionary patterns of morphometric sperm traits in passerine birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society series B 279, 4174-4182. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1398
20. Fitzpatrick JL, Almbro M, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Kolm N, Simmons LW (2012) Male contest competition and the coevolution of weaponry and testes in pinnipeds. Evolution 66, 3595-3604, doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01713.x (Highlighted in Nature)
19. Fitzpatrick JL, Almbro M, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Hamada S, Pennington C, Scanlan J, Kolm N. (2012) Sexual selection uncouples the evolution of brain and body size in pinnipeds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 1321-1330.
18. Cruz F, Brennan AC*, Gonzalez-Voyer A*, Muñoz-Fuentes V*, Eaaswarkhanth M*, Roques S*, Picó X (2012) Genetics and Genomics in Wildlife Studies: Implications for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. BioEssays 34, 245-246.
17. Duarte H, Tejedo M, Katzenberger M, Marangoni F, Baldo D, Beltrán JF, Martí DA, Richter-Boix A, Gonzalez-Voyer A (2012) Can amphibians take the heat? Vulnerability to climate warming in subtropical and temperate larval amphibian communities. Global Change Biology 18, 412-421.
15. Gonzalez-Voyer A, Kolm N (2011) Rates of phenotypic evolution of ecological characters and sexual traits during the Tanganyikan cichlid adaptive radiation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24, 2378-2388.
14. Maklakov AA, Immler S, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Rönn J, Kolm N (2011) Brains and the city: big-brained passerine birds succeed in urban environments. Biology Letters 7, 730-732.
13. Gonzalez-Voyer A*, Padial JM*, Castroviejo-Fisher S, De la Riva I, Vilà C (2011) Correlates of species richness in the largest Neotropical amphibian radiation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24 (5), 931-942.
12. Gonzalez-Voyer A, Kolm N (2010) Sex, ecology and the brain: Evolutionary correlates of brain structure volumes in Tanganyikan cichlids. PLoS ONE 5 (12), e14355. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014355 Link
11. Gonzalez-Voyer A, Kolm N (2010) Parental Care and Investment. In Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
10. Kolm N, Gonzalez-Voyer A, Brelin D, Winberg S (2009) Evidence for small scale variation in the vertebrate brain: mating strategy and sex affect brain size and structure in wild brown trout (Salmo trutta). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22, 2524-2531.
9. Gonzalez-Voyer A, Winberg S, Kolm N (2009) Brain structure evolution in a basal vertebrate clade: evidence from phylogenetic comparative analysis of cichlid fishes. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9, 238. Link
7. Gonzalez-Voyer A, Winberg S, Kolm N (2009) Social fishes and single mothers: brain evolution in African cichlids. Proceedings of the Royal Society series B 276, 161-167.
5. Gonzalez-Voyer A, Székely T, Drummond H (2007) Why do some siblings attack each other? Comparative analysis of aggression in avian broods. Evolution 61, 1946-1955.
2. Gonzalez-Voyer A, Festa-Bianchet M, Smith KG (2001) Efficiency of aerial surveys of mountain goats. Wildlife Society Bulletin 29, 140-144.
1. Bergeron J-M, Goulet R, Gonzalez-Voyer A (1998) The use of coniferous seedlings as alternative food to protect red oak (Quercus rubra) from vole girdling. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 13, 50-53.
Masters degree Students
Jose Maria Romero López, Research Project: Sibling competition or cooperation in altricial birds.
Undergraduate degree Projects
Inés Abselam Carrasco, co-supervised with Dr. Carles Vilà. Research project: Brain evolution in canidae.
Phenotypic evolution in cichlid fishes: Dr.
Niclas Kolm, Animal Ecology Department, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University (Sweden)
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