Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
  We use molecular tools to study the evolution of diversity, and assist in its conservation

Álvaro Dugo Cota

Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC
Avda. Américo Vespucio, 26
41092 Sevilla, Spain
Phone: +34-954 232340 Ext 1330

Research interests

My research interest lies in understanding the patterns of species diversification and phenotypic divergence. To do this I combine a macroevolutionary approach, involving phylogenetic comparative analyses, with studies at a microevolutionary scale. For my PhD thesis I use Neotropical amphibians as a model. Currently I am focusing on analyses of the correlates of the rate of molecular evolution: analyzing the influence of factors such as cladogenesis, population size, ecology and morphology on the rate of nucleotide substitution at neutral and non-neutral sites in Centrolenidae, or glass-frogs. I also plan to analyze the association between rate of molecular substitution with the rate of phenotypic evolution in Centrolenidae and Terrarana.

My PhD project is related with the research on the Diversification and phenotypic evolution in Neotropical amphibians


Peer-reviewed articles


Cryptic within cryptic: genetics, morphometrics, and bioacoustics delimitate a new species of Eleutherodactylus (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae) from Eastern Cuba
Rodríguez A, Dugo-Cota A, Montero-Mendieta S, Alonso R, Vences M, Vilà C (2017)
Zootaxa 4221 (5), 501–522




A test of the integrated evolutionary speed hypothesis in a Neotropical amphibian radiation
Dugo-Cota A, Castroviejo-Fisher S, Vilà C, Gonzalez-Voyer A (2015)
Global Ecology and Biogeography 24, 804–813




Geographical expansion of the invader Caprella scaura (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Caprellidae) to the East Atlantic coast
Guerra-García JM, Ros M, Dugo-Cota A, Burgos V, Flores-León AM, Baeza-Rojano E, Cabezas MP, Núñez J (2011)
Marine Biology 158, 2617-2622



Abundance patterns of macrofauna associated to marine macroalgae along the Iberian Peninsula
Guerra-García JM, Cabezas MP, Baeza-Rojano E, Izquierdo D, Corzo J, Ros M, Sánchez JA, Dugo-Cota A, Flores-León AM, Soler-Hurtado MM (2011)
Zoologica Baetica 22, 3-17


Popular Science

Pérez Méndez N, Gilarranz Dominguez JL, Rodríguez Sánchez R et al (2014) Un tránsito de lo muy local a lo internacional. Líneas de investigación abiertas en la Estación Biológica de Doñana. Quercus 343, 52 - 60. [In Spanish]