Ana Otero Gómez
  • PhD Student (FPU fellowship)
  • Speciality:

    Evolution, biogeography, systematics and conservation biology 

  • Geographical region:Temperate and Mediterranean regions
  • Professional profile


    One of the main objectives of my PhD is the study of biological processes key in the evolutionary history of hyperdiverse groups of plants, particularly the Borage family. Likewise, different taxonomic ranks are studied to infer the spatio-temporal frame in which lineages have evolved. To this end, I use different methodologies such as phylogeny, molecular dating, diversification rate analysis, biogeographic analysis, species niche modelling and phylogenetic comparative methods. In particular, I am interested in the role of fruit specializations in lineages diversification and distribution.


    In addition, I am especially interested in conservation biology from a multidisciplinary perspective by performing demographic monitoring, climatic characterization and the study of genetic diversity and evolutionary history of endemic threatened species. This approach aims to clarify the factors that are responsible for its critical situation and to propose protection steps suitable for intrinsic characteristics of species.





    Selected Publications
  • García-Moro, P.; Otero A.; Benítez-Benítez, C.; Costa, L.; Martín-Bravo, S.; Naczi, R.F.C.; Reznicek, A.A.; Roalson, E.H.; Starr, J.R.; Jiménez-Mejías, P. 2022. Biogeography and systematics of Carex subgenus Uncinia (Cyperaceae): A unique radiation for the genus Carex in the Southern Hemisphere. Taxon [in press].
  • Otero, A.; Vargas, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Villa-Machío, I.; Hipp, A.L. 2022. A snapshot of progenitor–derivative speciation in Iberodes(Boraginaceae). Molecular Ecology [in press].
  • Otero, A.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P. 2021. Evolution in the Model Genus Antirrhinum Based on Phylogenomics of Topotypic Material. Frontiers in Plant Science 12:631178.
  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P.; McCauley, R.A.; Monjas, D.; Otero, A.; Chaves, J.A.; Guevara Andino, J.E.; Rivas-Torres, G. 2020. The Radiation of Darwin’s Giant Daisies in the Galápagos Islands. Current Biology 30(24):4989-4998.e7.
  • Otero, A.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Vargas, P. 2019. Worldwide long-distance dispersal favored by epizoochorous traits in the biogeographic history of Omphalodeae (Boraginaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution 57(6):579-593.
  • Holstein, N.; Chacon, J.; Otero, A.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Weigend, M. 2016. Towards a monophyletic Omphalodes or an expansion of North American Mimophytum. Phytotaxa, 288(2), 131-144.
  • Otero, A.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Vargas, P. 2014 Molecular phylogenetics and morphology support two new genera (Memoremea and Nihon) of Boraginaceae s.s. Phytotaxa 173: 241-277.

  • Otero, A.; Valcárcel, V.; Jiménez Mejías, P.; Vargas, P. 2012. Reaparición de Gyrocaryum en Madrid. Conservación Vegetal.

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