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

Santiago Montero-Mendieta

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

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Research interests

I am a PhD student in Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC) under the supervision of Carles Vilà.

I joined CONSEVOL on April 2015 as part of the project "A stroll with amphibians along the path of speciation: from micro to macro evolutionary processes” funded by the Spanish Government. We plan to study the origin of the diversity of Neotropical amphibians at very different spatial and temporal scales and using diverse genomic approaches.

I did my BSc in Biology at Universitat de Girona(2009-2013) and my MSc in Biodiversity at Universitat de Barcelona (2013-2014) specialising in Evolutionary Biology. In the past I have been working in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF) in collaboration with Salvador Carranza under the project “DNA Barcoding of the Reptiles of the Socotra Archipelago”.



Articles under revision


First de-novo transcriptome assembly of a South American frog, Oreobates cruralis, enables population genomic studies of Neotropical amphibians
Montero-Mendieta S, Grabherr M, Lantz H, De la Riva I, Leonard JA, Webster MT, Vilà C (2017)
PeerJ Preprints 5:e2980v1
Under revision in PeerJ

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Peer-reviewed Articles


Another record or a new taxon? A candidate species of Chalcides Laurenti, 1768, in North Africa
Montero-Mendieta S, Ferrer J, Hammou MA, Dahmani W, Sanuy D, Camarasa S (2017)
Herpetozoa 29(3/4), 155-161




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




Unexpectedly high levels of cryptic diversity uncovered by a complete DNA barcoding of reptiles of the Socotra Archipelago
Vasconcelos R*, Montero-Mendieta S*, Simó-Riudalbas M, Sindaco R, Santos X, Fasola M, Llorente G, Razzetti E, Carranza S (2016) (*Equal contribution)
PLoS ONE 11(3), e0149985



Población introducida de tritón alpino (Mesotriton alpestris) en el Prepirineo catalán
Fibla M, Ubach A, Oromí N, Montero-Mendieta S, Camarasa S, Pascual-Pons M, Martínez-Silvestre A, Montori A (2015)
Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española 26(1), 46-51 [In Spanish]



Quick Guide to Build De-novo Assemblies
I wrote a pipeline that you can use to pre-process, analyze and reconstruct de-novo assemblies using RNA-Seq data.