Graciela Sotelo

I got my PhD by the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2009, where I was studying the phylogeographic patterns and biogeographic history of marine crabs (Maja brachydactyla and Necora puber) from the NE Atlantic. After that (and also shortly before), I was involved in a project dealing with the diversification of Eurasian Alosa species (clupeid fishes) that was mainly carried out at IBE – University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). Later on, I keep working there although in the frame of the Genographic Project (European human populations); and last year I moved to the University of Helsinki (Finland) to work on the adaptive differentiation of three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) populations from the Baltic Sea.

In a broad sense, during all this time, I have been facing a growing interest in the area of speciation research, in understanding the mechanisms that lead to population differentiation and speciation in the end. With this main goal, I am now joining this group at CIBIO – University of Porto (Portugal), being enrolled in the project “The paths of parallel evolution and their genetic crossroads”, where I’m responsible for a phylogeographic in L. fabalis and L. obtusata and the study of L. fabalis ecotype divergence based on rad markers.