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

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Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC
Avda. Américo Vespucio s/n
41092 Sevilla, Spain
Phone: +34-954 232340 Ext 1749

Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist applying molecular markers to answer general questions about the origin and maintenance of biodiversity in amphibians and reptiles. I am interested in speciation patterns, evolutionary history, and conservation genetics in a broad sense. During my PhD, I reconstructed the phylogenetic position of limbless lizards (Amphisbaenia) within Squamata. I also described the phylogeography within the genus Blanus, which resulted in the discovery of a new species of Blanus for the Iberian Peninsula. Currently, my specific interests are population genetics focusing on dispersal and connectivity between amphibian populations. My current project applies graph techniques to build spatial networks of genetic variability based on haplotypes, with the final objective of determining how the structure of the network affects metapopulation dynamics.


Peer-reviewed articles

9. Albert EM, Fernández-Beaskoetxea S, Godoy JA, Tobler U, Schmidt BR, Bosch J (2014) Genetic management of an amphibian population after a chytridiomycosis outbreak. Conservation Genetics 16(1), 103-111. doi: 10.1007/s10592-014-0644-6

8. Albert EM, Fortuna MA, Godoy JA, Bascompte J (2013) Assessing the robustness of the networks of spatial genetic variation. Ecology Letters 16, Issue Suplement s1, 86-93.
Paper awarded as "Best Paper in 2013" by EBD Severo Ochoa

7. Albert EM, Godoy JA (2011) Characterization of 13 microsatellite loci for the Pygmy Marbled Newt Triturus pygmaeus (Salamandridae). Conservation Genetics Resources 3, 745-747.

6. Albert EM, Arroyo JM, Godoy JA (2010) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci for the endangered Midwife Betic toad Alytes dickhilleni (Discoglossidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 3, 251-253.

5. Rezende E, Albert EM, Fortuna MA, Bascompte J (2009) Compartments in a marine food web associated with phylogeny, body mass, and habitat structure. Ecology Letters 12, 779-788.

4. Albert EM, Fernández A (2009) Evidence of cryptic speciation in a fossorial reptile: description of a new species of Blanus (Squamata: Amphisbaenia: Blanidae) from the Iberian Peninsula. Zootaxa 2234, 56-68. Link

3. Albert EM, San Mauro D, García-París M, Rüber L, Zardoya R (2009) Effect of taxon sampling on recovering the phylogeny of squamate reptiles based on complete mitochondrial genome and nuclear gene sequence data. Gene 441, 12-21.

2. Albert EM, Zardoya R, García-París M (2007) Phylogeographic and speciation patterns in subterranean worm lizards of the genus Blanus (Amphisbaenia: Blanidae). Molecular Ecology 16, 1519-1531.

1. Atarhouch T, Ruber L, Gonzalez EG, Albert EM, Rami M, Dakkak A, Zardoya R (2006) Signature of an early genetic bottleneck in a population of Moroccan sardines (Sardina pilchardus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39, 373-383.

Publications no SCI

4. Albert EM (2012) Variabilidad genetica de Alytes dickhilleni en las Sierras de Cazorla Segura y las Villas. Seguimiento de Alytes dickhilleni: Informe final. Monografías SARE. Asociación Herpetológica Española - Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. Madrid

3. Rezende E, Albert EM, Fortuna MA (2011) Redes tróficas marinas. Investigación y Ciencia 419, 10-11.

2. Albert EM, García-París M (2002) Triturus marmoratus (Latreille, 1800). In: JM Pleguezuelos, R Márquez,M Lizana (eds.) Atlas y Libro Rojo de los Anfibios y Reptiles de España. pp. 67-69

1. Albert EM, Gómez-Serrano MA (2000) Situación de las poblaciones del galápago europeo (Emys orbicularis, L., 1758) y galápago leproso (Mauremys leprosa, Schweigger, 1812) en la provincia de Castellón. Dugastella 1, 17-25.

Projects Participation

Spatiotemporal dynamics of gene flow networks: units of conservation and propagation of amphibian diseases. Funding by Andalucia Government-CSIC. 2013-2016.

Linking population genetics and network theory in amphibian conservation. Funding by Andalucia Government-CSIC. 2008-2012.

Secondary contact and hybridization in mitochondrial lineages of lizard populations Aspidoscelis (Teiidae; Squamata) in Baja California, Mexico. Funding by Spanish Cooperation Agency of International Development (AECID). 2009.

Distribution of endemic amphibians of Andalucia: ecologic and genetic population study. Funding by Andalucia Government-CSIC. 2001-2003.