My research during my PhD thesis at the University of Salamanca in Spain (2004-2009) was focused in the understanding of the biogeographical and ecological factors related to the maintenance of a triple contact zone among the three Iberian vipers ( Vipera aspis, V. latastei and V. seoanei) in the North of Spain. For this purpose, I used Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Species Distribution Models (SDM), Geostatistics, radio-telemetry and Genetics as tools. Currently, my interests are focused on the study of biogeography, ecology and conservation of natural populations of European and African amphibians and reptiles, especially Paleartic viperid snakes. One of my target species is the Iberian endemic Seoane’s viper ( V. seoanei): a poorly known reptile restricted to the north of Iberia and threatened by Climate Change. Other target species are montane (e.g. V. monticola ) and desert vipers (e.g. Cerastes spp.) from North Africa.
For these purposes, my researches combine GIS, SDM, and ecological, morphological and genetic data in the identification of environmental factors correlated with species occurrence, determination of spatial patterns in morphological and genetic variation, identification of geographical barriers to dispersal and gene flow and the determination of threat risks and responses of species to Climate Change.