Eugenia Zarza



Dr. Eugenia Zarza


My research focuses on studying past and present processes shaping the evolution and distribution of genetic diversity. Currently, I investigate the relationship between Cenozoic climate changes and biological diversification in several taxa. I am also interested in inferring the historical processes leading to intra-specific and inter-specific diversification in the Neotropics and in the dynamics of areas of secondary contact and hybridization. I address these questions applying phylogenetic, phylogeographic and population genetics methods to molecular data.


Publication list

Zarza E., Klussman-Kolb A., Kruckenhauser L., Haring E., Magda Drvotová4, Juøièková, L., Petrusek A., Dépraz A. and Pfenninger M. (submitted) Model Selection as a tool for correlating phylogenetic diversification with past climate change: test in European Hairy Snails Trochulus.

Zarza E., Reynoso V.H., and Emerson B.C. (submitted) Discordant patterns of geographic variation between mitochondrial and microsatellite markers in the Mexican black iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata) in a contact zone.

Faria C., Zarza E., Reynoso V.H. and Emerson B.V. (2010) Predominance of single paternity in the black spiny-tailed iguana: conservation genetic concerns for female-biased hunting. Conservation Genetics. DOI - 10.1007/s10592-010-0047-2

Zarza E., Pereyra R. T., Reynoso V.H., and Emerson B.C. (2009) Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers in the black spiny tailed iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata) and their cross-utility in other Ctenosaura. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 117-119.

Zarza E., Reynoso V.H, and Emerson B.C. (2008) Diversification in the northern neotropics: mitochondrial and nuclear DNA phylogeography of the iguana Ctenosaura pectinata, and related species. Molecular Ecology, 17: 3259-3275. (featured in cover: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.2008.17.issue-14/issuetoc)

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