Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD student

CBA research group(s):

Experimental Evolution

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Inês Fragata

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are to analyze laboratory evolution of populations of Drosophila subobscura initially differentiated in a latitudinal cline, testing whether there is convergence of several characteristics such as life history traits (fecundity, starvation resistance, developmental time), inversion polymorphisms, wing size and shape, molecular markers and thermal response. The analysis of the evolutionary dynamics of these populations may shed light on the evolutionary mechanisms underlying clinal variation, an issue of much controversy in the literature, as well as relevance in terms of Conservation Biology.


Academic Qualifications

- 2007 M.Sc. in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

- 2006 B.Sc. in Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

Bárbaro M., Mira M. S., Fragata I., Simões P., Lima M., Lopes-Cunha M., Kellen B., Santos J., Varela S.A.M., Matos M.* & Magalhães S.* 2015. Evolution of mating behavior between two populations adapting to common environmental conditions. Ecology and Evolution 5(8):1609–1617 [* joint last authors]

Matos M., Simões P., Santos M.A., Seabra S.G., Faria G.S., Vala F., Santos J. & Fragata I. 2015. History, chance and selection during phenotypic and genomic experimental evolution: replaying the tape of life at different levels. Front. Gene. 6:71. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00071​

Fragata I., Lopes-Cunha M.,  Bárbaro M., Kellen B.,  Lima M., Santos M. A., Faria G. S., Santos M., Matos M. &  Simões P. 2014. How much can history constrain adaptive evolution? A real time evolutionary approach of inversion polymorphisms in Drosophila subobscura. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27(12):2727-2738.

Fragata I., Simões P., Lopes-Cunha M., Lima M., Kellen B.,  Bárbaro M., Santos J., Rose M. R., Santos M. & Matos M. 2014. Laboratory Selection Quickly Erases Historical Differentiation. PLoS ONE 9(5):e96227.

Santos J., Pascual M., Simões P., Fragata I., Rose M.R. & Matos M. 2013. Fast evolutionary genetic differentiation during experimental colonizations. Journal of Genetics 92(2):183-194.

Santos J., Pascual M., Simões P., Fragata I., Lima M., Kellen B., Santos M., Marques A., Rose M.R. & Matos M. 2012. From nature to the lab: the impact of founder effects on adaptation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25:2607-2622.

Fragata I., Balanyà J., Rego C., Matos M., Rezende E. & Santos M. 2010. Contrasting patterns of phenotypic variation linked to chromosomal inversions in native and colonizing populations of Drosophila subobscura. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23:112-123.

Rego C., Balanyà J., Fragata I., Matos M., Rezende E. & Santos M. 2010. Clinal patterns of chromosomal inversion polymorphisms in Drosophila subobscura are partly associated with thermal preferences and heat stress resistance. Evolution 64:385-397.

Rezende E.L., Balanyà J., Rodríguez-Trelles F., Rego C., Fragata I., Matos M., Serra L. & Santos M. 2010. Climate change and chromosomal inversions in Drosophila subobscura. Climate Research 43(1-2):103-114.

Santos M., Fragata I., Santos J., Simões P., Marques A., Lima M. & Matos M. 2010. Playing Darwin. Part B. 20 years of domestication in Drosophila subobscura. Theory in Biosciences 129(2/3):97-102.

Simões P., Santos J., Fragata I., Mueller L.D., Rose M.R. & Matos M. 2008. How repeatable is Adaptive Evolution? The role of geographical origin and founder effects in laboratory adaptation. Evolution 62(8):1817-1829.

Ongoing Projects

  • BI in a project "PTDC/BIA-BIC/2165/2012 (FCT) - "History, chance and selection during local adaptation: a genome-wide analysis"