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Evolutionary Genetics


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Ana Rita Amaral

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are evolutionary genetics of cetaceans, namely delphinids. Phylogeography, phylogenetics and the molecular processes involved in speciation.

 

Academic Qualifications

2011 – PhD in Evolutionary Biology (University of Lisbon)
2007 – Masters in Evolutionary Biology (University of Lisbon)
2005 – Five year degree in Biology Applied to Marine Resources (University of Lisbon)

 

Recent Publications

Amaral A.R., Lovewell G., Coelho M.M., Amato G. & Rosenbaum H.C. 2014. Hybrid speciation in a marine mammal: The Clymene dolphin (Stenella clymene). Plos One 9(1):e83645.

Stockin K.A., Amaral A.R., Latimer J., Lambert D.M. & Natoli A. 2014. Population genetic structure and taxonomy of the common dolphin (Delphinus sp.) at its southernmost range limit: New Zealand waters. Marine Mammal Science 30(1):44-63.

Amaral A.R., Beheregaray L.B., Bilgmann K., Boutov D., Freitas L., Robertson K.M., Sequeira M., Stockin K.A., Coelho M.M. & Möller L.M. 2012. Seascape genetics of a globally distributed, highly mobile marine mammal: the short-beaked common dolphin (genus Delphinus). Plos One 7(2):e31482.

Amaral A.R., Jackson J.A., Möller L.M., Beheregaray L.B. & Coelho M.M. 2012. Species Tree of a Rapid Radiation: the Subfamily Delphininae (Cetacea, Mammalia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64:243-253.

Amaral A.R., Beheregaray L.B., Bilgmann K., Freitas L., Robertson K.M., Sequeira M., Stockin K.A., Coelho M.M. & Möller L.M. 2012. Influences of past climatic changes in the phylogeography of a cosmopolitan marine top predator, the common dolphin (genus Delphinus). Molecular Ecology 21(19):4854-4871.

Amaral A.R., Möller L.M., Beheregaray L.B. & Coelho M.M. 2011. Evolution of 2 reproductive proteins, ZP3 and PKDREJ, in cetaceans. Journal of Heredity 102(3):275-282.

Waap S., Amaral A.R., Gomes B. & Coelho M.M. 2011. Multi-locus species tree of the genus Squalius (Leuciscinae: Cyprinidae) from western Iberia: new insights into evolutionary history. Genetica 139:1009-1018.

Amaral A.R., Silva M.C., Möller L.M., Beheregaray L.B. & Coelho M.M. 2010. Anonymous nuclear markers for cetaceans. Conservation Genetics 11:1143-1146.

Amaral A.R., Coelho M.M., Marugán-Lóbon J. & Rohlf F.J. 2009. Cranial shape differentiation in three closely related delphinid cetacean species: insights into evolutionary history. Zoology 112:38-47.

Amaral A.R., Sequeira M., Martínez-Cedeira J. & Coelho M.M. 2007. New insights on population genetic structure of Delphinus delphis from the Northeast Atlantic and phylogenetic relationships within the genus inferred from two mitochondrial markers. Marine Biology 151:1967-1976.

Amaral A.R., Sequeira M. & Coelho M.M. 2007. A first approach to the usefulness of COI barcodes in the identification of closely related delphinid cetacean species. Marine and Freshwater Research 58:505-510.

 

Ongoing Projects

  • First molecular characterization of a recently rediscovered dolphin species: evolutionary relationships, genetic diversity and population structure of the Clymene dolphin (Stenella clymene)

  • Evolutionary history of the genus Delphinus

 

Other Information

Reviewer for: Animal Conservation; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society; Conservation Genetics; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology; Journal of Heredity; Marine Biology; Marine Mammal Science; The Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals - LAJAM; Zootaxa