Gonzalo Nieto Feliner

Profesor de Investigación
Especialidad: Filogenia y filogeografía de angiospermas. Hibridación natural y sus efectos en Evolución
Perfil profesional

I enjoy plant biodiversity in all its forms. But to make sense of our narrow-scaled flat-vision, thus to try to better understand it, I’ve always searched back into their history. My research aims to throw light on plant diversity ―its patterns and processes― from the genetic level to the processes level.

My scientific interests have gradually expanded over the years, and partially shifted, from understanding current patterns of diversity to inferring evolutionary processes responsible for those patterns.

Within the former, I have undertaken systematic and phylogenetic studies of angiosperm genera such as Armeria, Arenaria, Erysimum, Daphne, Epilobium, and contributed to the Flora Iberica project for c. 15 years.

Among the processes influencing or driving diversity, I am most interested in natural hybridization and introgression ―mostly at the homoploid level but also when associated to polyploidy― because, despite their realized frequency in the living world, their effects are still poorly understood. I am also interested in the pathways along which diversity has been generated across time and space, which I have reconstructed using phylogenetic and phylogeographic methods complemented with environmental niche modeling.

I normally use a variety of types of data from morphological evidence and Sanger sequences to genomics. Since I focus on non-model organisms, the genomic approaches I have used are those not needing close genomic resources (e.g., GBS)

Publicaciones
Artículos científicos
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2020Viruel, J., Le Galliot, N., Pironon, S., Nieto Feliner, G., Suc, J.-P., Lakhal-Mirleau, F., Juin, M., Selva, M., Bou Dagher Kharrat, M., Ouahmane, L., La Malfa, S., Diadema, K., Sanguin, H., Médail, F., Baumel, A. (2020). A strong east-west Mediterranean divergence supports a new phylogeographic history of the carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua, Leguminosae) and multiple domestications from native populations. Journal of Biogeography 47(2):460-471. DOI
2020Villa-Machío, I., Fernández de Castro, A.G., Fuertes-Aguilar, J., Nieto Feliner, G. (2020). Colonization history of the Canary Islands endemic Lavatera acerifolia, (Malvaceae) unveiled with genotyping-by-sequencing data and niche modelling. Journal of Biogeography 47(4):993-1005. DOI
2020Vitales, D., Álvarez, I., Garcia, S., Hidalgo, O., Nieto Feliner, G., Pellicer, J., Vallès, J., Garnatje, T. (2020). Genome size variation at constant chromosome number is not correlated with repetitive DNA dynamism in Anacyclus (Asteraceae). Annals of Botany 125(4):611-623. DOI
2019Moharrek, F., Sanmartin, I., Kazempour-Osaloo, S., Nieto Feliner, G. (2019). Morphological Innovations and Vast Extensions of Mountain Habitats Triggered Rapid Diversification Within the Species-Rich Irano-Turanian Genus Acantholimon (Plumbaginaceae). Frontiers in Genetics 9:698. Open Access
2020Nieto Feliner, G., Casacuberta, J., Wendel, J.F. (2020). Genomics of Evolutionary Novelty in Hybrids and Polyploids. Frontiers in Genetics 11:792. Open Access
2020Escudero, M., Nieto Feliner, G., Pokorny, L., Spalink, D., Viruel, J. (2020). Editorial: Phylogenomic Approaches to Deal With Particularly Challenging Plant Lineages. Frontiers in Plant Science 11:591762. Open Access
2019Nieto Feliner, G., Rosato, M., Alegre, G., San Segundo, P., Rosselló, J.A., Garnatje, T., Garcia, S. (2019). Dissimilar molecular and morphological patterns in an introgressed peripheral population of a sand dune species (Armeria pungens, Plumbaginaceae). Plant Biology 21(6):1072-1082. DOI
2018Vitales, D., Nieto Feliner, G., Vallès, J., Garnatje, T., Firat, M., Álvarez, I. (2018). A new circumscription of the Mediterranean genus Anacyclus (Anthemideae, Asteraceae) based on plastid and nuclear DNA markers. Phytotaxa 349(1):1-17. DOI
2018Villa-Machío, I., Fernández de Castro, A.G., Fuertes-Aguilar, J., Nieto Feliner, G. (2018). Out of North Africa by different routes: phylogeography and species distribution model of the western Mediterranean Lavatera maritima (Malvaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 187(3):441-455. DOI
2018Rosato, M., Álvarez, I., Nieto Feliner, G., Rosselló, J.A. (2018). Inter-and intraspecific hypervariability in interstitial telomeric-like repeats (TTTAGGG) n in Anacyclus (Asteraceae). Annals of Botany 122(3):387-395. Open Access
2018Viruel, J., Haguenauer, A., Juin, M., Mirleau, F., Bouteiller, D., Boudagher-Kharrat, M., Ouahmane, L., La Malfa, S., Médail, F., Sanguin, H., Nieto Feliner, G., Baumel, A. (2018). Advances in genotyping microsatellite markers through sequencing and consequences of scoring methods for Ceratonia siliqua (Leguminosae). Applications in Plant Sciences 6(12):e01201. Open Access
2017Nieto Feliner G., Álvarez I., Fuertes-Aguilar J., Heuertz M., Marques I., Moharrek F., Piñeiro R., Riina R., Rosselló J.A., Soltis P.S., Villa-Machío I. (2017). Is homoploid hybrid speciation that rare? An empiricist's view. Heredity 118:513-516. DOI
2017Marques, I., Fuertes Aguilar, J., Martins-Louçao, M.A., Moharrek, F., Nieto Feliner, G. (2017). A three-genome five-gene comprehensive phylogeny of the bulbous genus Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae) challenges current classifications and reveals multiple hybridization events. Taxon 66(4):832-854. DOI
2017Rosato, M., Álvarez, I., Nieto Feliner, G., Rosselló, J.A. (2017). High and uneven levels of 45S rDNA site-number variation across wild populations of a diploid plant genus (Anacyclus, Asteraceae). PLoS ONE 12(10):e0187131. Open Access
2017Moharrek, F., Kazempour-Osaloo, S., Assadi, M., Nieto Feliner, G. (2017). Molecular phylogenetic evidence for a wide circumscription of a characteristic Irano-Turanian element: Acantholimon (Plumbaginaceae-Limonioideae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 184(3): 366-386. DOI
2016Marques, I., Jürgens, A., Fuertes Aguilar,J., Nieto Feliner, G. (2016). Convergent recruitment of new pollinators is triggered by independent hybridization events in Narcissus. New Phytologist 210(2):731-742. DOI
2014Nieto Feliner, G. (2014). Patterns and processes in plant phylogeography in the Mediterranean Basin. A review. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 16(5):265-278. DOI
2012Marques, I., Nieto Feliner, G., Martins-Loução, M.A., Fuertes Aguilar, J. (2012). Genome size and base composition variation in natural and experimental Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae) hybrids. Annals of Botany 109:257-264. DOI
2011Marques, I., Nieto Feliner, G., Martins-Loução, M.A., Fuertes Aguilar, J. (2011). Fitness in Narcissus hybrids: Low fertility is overcome by early hybrid vigour, absence of exogenous selection and high bulb propagation. Journal of Ecology 99:1508-1519. DOI
2010Gonzalo Nieto Feliner; Carlos Aedo; Félix Muñoz Garmendia (2010). In memoriam: Santiago Castroviejo Bolibar (1946-2009). Taxon 59(1):314-316. DOI
2021Shamsabad, M.M., Moharrek, F., Assadi, M., Nieto Feliner, G. (2021). Biogeographic history and diversification patterns in the Irano-Turanian genus Acanthophyllum s.l. (Caryophyllaceae). Plant Biosystems 155(3):425-435. DOI
2021Criado Ruiz, D., Villa Machío, I., Herrero Nieto, A., Nieto Feliner, G. (2021). Hybridization and cryptic speciation in the Iberian endemic plant genus Phalacrocarpum (Asteraceae-Anthemideae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 156:107024. DOI
2021Nieto Feliner, G. (2021). International Botanical Congress News. Taxon 70(4):913. Open Access
2022Baumel, A., Nieto Feliner,G., Médail, F., La Malfa, S., Di Guardo, M., Bou Dagher Kharrat, M., Lakhal-Mirleau, F., Frelon, V., Ouahmane, L., Diadema, K., Sanguin, H., Viruel, J. (2022). Genome-wide footprints in the carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) unveil a new domestication pattern of a fruit tree in the Mediterranean. Molecular Ecology [in press]. Open Access
Capítulos de libros
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2013Sanmartín, I. (2013). Bayesian biogeography finds its roots.. In: Caujapé-Castells, J., Nieto Feliner, G., Fernández Palacios, J.M. (eds.) Proceedings of the Amurga international conferences on island biodiversity 2011. Fundación Canaria Amurga-Maspalomas. pp. 38-51. Open Access
2012Nieto Feliner, G., Rossello, J.A. (2012). Concerted Evolution of Multigene Families and Homoeologous Recombination. In: Wendel, J.F., Greilhuber, J., DolezelIlia, J., Leitch, J. (eds.). Plant Genome Diversity Volume 1 Plant Genomes, their Residents, and their Evolutionary Dynamics. Springer. pp. 171-193.
2013Nieto Feliner, G. (2013). Contribution of natural hybridization to plant evolution in oceanic islands (and elsewhere). Is a conceptual synthesis possible?. In: Caujapé-Castells, J., Nieto Feliner, G., Fernández Palacios, J.M. (eds.) Proceedings of the Amurga international conferences on island biodiversity 2011. Fundación Canaria Amurga-Maspalomas. pp. 124-132. Open Access
2011Nieto Feliner, G. (2011). La importancia y el papel de las barreras y fronteras entre especies en Biología. In: Andrés Díaz, R. (coord.). Lengua, ciencia y fronteras. Ed. Trabe. pp.335-347.
2019Nieto Feliner, G. (2019). Phalacrocarpum (DC) Willk.. In: Benedí, C., Buira, A., Rico, E., Crespo, M.B., Quintanar, A., Aedo, C. (eds.). Flora iberica. Vol. XVI (III), Compositae (partim). Editorial CSIC. pp.1932-1938. Open Access
2011Nieto Feliner, G. (2011). Cosas que la investigación puede hacer por la gestión y conservación de las especies vegetales y viceversa. In: Serra, L. (ed.). Jornadas Estatales de estudio y divulgación de la flora de los Parques Nacionales y Naturales. CAM, Alcoy. pp. 11-20. Open Access
Libros
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2013Caujapé-Castells J., Nieto Feliner G., Fernández-Palacios J.M. (eds.) (2013). Proceedings of the Amurga international conferences on island biodiversity 2011.. Fundación Canaria Amurga-Maspalomas. Open Access
1993Castroviejo, S., Aedo, C., Gómez Campo, C., Laínz, M., Montserrat, P., Morales, R., Muñoz Garmendia, F., Nieto Feliner, G., Rico, E., Talavera, S., Villar, L. (eds.), Navarro, C., Fernández Arias, M.I.(cols.). (1993). Flora Iberica. Vol. IV. Cruciferae-Monotropaceae. Real Jardín Botánico. Editorial CSIC, Madrid.. Open Access
1997Castroviejo, S., Aedo, C., Laínz, M., Morales, R., Muñoz Garmendia, F., Nieto Feliner, G., Paiva, J. (eds.). (1997). Flora Iberica. Vol. V. Ebenaceae-Saxifragaceae. Real Jardín Botánico. Editorial CSIC, Madrid.. Open Access
1997Castroviejo, S., Aedo, C., Benedí, C., Laínz, M., Muñoz Garmendia, F., Nieto Feliner, G., Paiva, J. (eds.). (1997). Flora Iberica. Vol. VIII. Haloragaceae-Euphorbiaceae. Real Jardín Botánico. Editorial CSIC, Madrid.. Open Access
2003Castroviejo, S. (coord. gen.), Nieto Feliner, G., Jury, S.L., Herrero, A. (eds.). (2003). Flora Iberica. Vol. X. Araliaceae-Umbelliferae.. Real Jardín Botánico. Editorial CSIC, Madrid.. Open Access
2009Castroviejo, S. (coord. gen.), Nieto Feliner, G., Jury, S.L., Herrero, A. (eds.). (2009). Flora Iberica. Vol. XIII. Plantaginaceae-Scrophulariaceae.. Real Jardín Botánico. Editorial CSIC, Madrid.. Open Access
Proyectos

Filogenia, diversidad genética poblacional y eco-fisiología del complejo híbrido de mangle rojo (Rhizophora mangle y Rhizophora racemosa) en el Neotrópico.
Entidad financiadora: Fundación BBVA.
Duración, desde: 2009 hasta: 2011
Investigador responsable: Gonzalo Nieto Feliner

Niche conservatism and morphological evolution at the speciation crosspoint: an evodevo-phylogeographic study in the Malva generic alliance
Entidad financiadora: Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (CGL2010-16138).
Duración, desde: 2011 hasta: 2014.
Investigador responsable: Javier Fuertes Aguilar

Transposable elements and plant evolution. A multilevel approach in non-model plant species (Proyecto coordinado)
Entidad financiadora: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (CGL2013-49097-C2-1-P)
Duración: 1/1/2014- 31/12/2016
Investigador responsable: Gonzalo Nieto Feliner

Deciphering sYmbiotic Networks in cArob-based MedIterranean agro-eCosystems (DYNAMIC)
Entidad financiadora: Agencie Nationale de la Recherche ANR (14-CE02-0016)
Duración: 2015-2019.
Investigador responsable: Hervé Sanguin (Univ. Montpellier)

Papel de la hibridación natural en la evolución de las plantas: reduciendo la brecha entre los modelos teóricos y los datos empíricos
Entidad financiadora: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (CGL2017-88500-P).
Duración: 1/1/2018- 31/12/2020.
Investigador responsable: Gonzalo Nieto Feliner

Hibridación como motor de alteración de la biodiversidad en la era de cambio global: una perspectiva experimental y predictiva del fenómeno
Entidad financiadora: Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica. Ayudas a la investigación en la Red de Parques Nacionales 2017 (2415)
Duración: 2020 – 2022.
Investigador responsable: Mohamed Abdelaziz

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