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Ivan Gomez-Mestre

Estacion Biologica de Doņana
Avda Americo Vespucio s/n,
Sevilla, E41012

+34 954466700

PI: YES, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
Taxa Studied: Vertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sectioning for Histology, Other, Phylogenetic comparative analysis
Research Description: My research is focused on how the environment affects the development of organisms, and how organisms adapt to changing environments. In particular, we are interested in the evolutionary role of environmentally induced variation in development. We use various amphibian species as study systems, their adaptations to abiotic factors (osmotic stress, temperature, pond duration), and their interactions with predators, competitors, and pathogens. Specifically, we focus on the evolution of adaptive plasticity in the timing of key ontogenetic switch points in development such as hatching and metamorphosis. We study the mechanisms (endocrine and genetic) underlying such plasticity, and the evolutionary divergence of such mechanisms among taxa.
Lab Web Page: http:// http://www.gomez-mestre.net
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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