Joan Garcia-Porta

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lab Affiliation: Carlos Botero

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I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the processes that produce and modulate phenotypic and species diversity. Why are there taxonomic groups with so many species and others with so few? Why have some groups attained enormous levels of disparity, while others appear so phenotypically conserved? These are the main questions that drive my research. To deal with these questions I work at the interface between molecular phylogenetics, ecology and trait evolution and I use statistical modelling to integrate these three components of my research.

Selected publications:

Garcia-Porta J., Simó-Riudalbas M., Robinson M. & Carranza S. 2017. Diversification in arid mountains: biogeography and cryptic diversity of the semaphore gecko Pristurus r. rupestris in Arabia. Journal of Biogeography. 44: 1694–1704.

Garcia-Porta J., Smid J., Sol D., Fasola M. & Carranza S. 2016. Testing the island effect on morphological divergence: insights from the Hemidactylus geckos of the Socotra Archipelago. Scientific Reports, 6:23729.

Garcia-Porta J., Morales H., Gómez-Díaz E., Sindaco R. & Carranza S. 2016. Patterns of diversification in islands: a comparative study across three gecko genera in the Socotra Archipelago. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 98: 288-299.

Garcia-Porta J. & Ord T. 2013. Key innovations and island colonization as engines of evolutionary diversification: a comparative test with the Australasian diplodactyloid geckos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26(12): 2662-80.

Ord, T. & Garcia-Porta J. 2012. Is social complexity required for the evolution of communicative complexity? Evidence weighed against alternative hypotheses in diverse taxonomic groups. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B, 316: 1811-1828.

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