Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
  We use molecular tools to study the evolution of diversity, and assist in its conservation

Carlos Domínguez Sarabia

Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC
Avda. Américo Vespucio s/n
41092 Sevilla, Spain
Phone: +34 954 23 23 40


Research Interests

I have developed a great interest at the fields of palaeogenetics, population genetics and evolution. I expect to understand the population dynamics of past and current animal populations using canids as model species. I am extremely interested into disentangling processes of speciation, divergence, adaptation and effects of bottlenecks and isolation through the use of molecular and bioinformatic tools.

I am currently working on my dissertation "Genomics of ancient populations of wolves (Canis lupus) and their extant relatives”, supervised by Jennifer Leonard and funded by a Severo Ochoa contract from the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO) of Spain. My aim is to evaluate the effects of isolation and genetic drift in Iberian wolves and to detect variations in population structures. Other side projects involve the study of ancient genetics from different morphs in equids from Bronze Age Spain and the spread of ancient canids through Eurasia and Africa.

Before the onset of this project I had the opportunity to become engaged in paleoisotopical studies from megafaunal remains in the caves of Goyet and Scladina (Belgium) with dr. Hervé Bocherens of the University of Tübingen. I also studied a Master in Archaeological Sciences (specialization in Palaeogenetics and Palaeoanthropology) under the supervision of dr. Johannes Krause and Nicholas Conard.

My Master thesis project, “Study of ancient horse DNA from the Old Palaeolithic 320-kyr-old Schöningen and the Upper Palaeolithic 80-kyr-old Fetzershaldenhöhle sites” -currently under revision- gave me the opportunity to work with edgecutting techniques of ancient DNA extraction, library preparation and bioinformatic preprocessing and phylogenetic analyses at the University of Tübingen and ther Max Planck Institut of the Sciences of Human History in Jena, as well as some fieldwork in excavations in Spain, Germany and Italy.