Biology / Biomedical Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences / Life Sciences

Dr Africa Gómez

Africa Gomez


School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences

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58128 Biology Book Club Lecturer 4
58278 Evolutionary Biology  Lecturer 5
58331 Reviews in Biology and Biomedical Science Lecturer 6
58342 Human Evolution and Genomics Lecturer 6
58320 Topics in Biodiversity and Evolution Lecturer 6
58327/58376 20/40 credit research project Supervisor  6


My research centers on the interface between population genetics, phylogeography and the evolution of reproductive modes. I am particularly interested in the effects of migration-drift disequilibrium, which is a common situation in many organisms, on evolutionary processes. Most of my research focus on passively dispersed aquatic invertebrates (including rotifers, Notostracans, Bryozoans,  Anostracans).

As part of this interest, I investigate the colonization process and the evolutionary forces involved in it, such as local adaptation, inbreeding and migration. This is a research area in which aquatic invertebrates are particularly powerful study systems because of their diverse reproductive modes, short generation time, and ability both to culture large numbers in the laboratory and recreate suitable habitats.

Importantly also since they have long-lived dormant resting eggs, experimental animals can be competed against their ancestors. I apply molecular techniques to address fundamental questions concerning the evolutionary dynamics of cyclically parthenogenetic organisms and other passively dispersed aquatic invertebrates. Part of this work developed the novel analysis of historical samples from resting egg banks. Due to the abundance of cryptic species in my research organisms, I have extensively used DNA barcoding either as a discovery tool or as a preliminary step before screening particular species.

Key Publications

Mathers T.C, Hammond, R.L., Jenner, R.A., Zierold T., Hänfling B. & Gómez A. (2013) High lability of sexual system over 250 million years of evolution in morphologically conservative tadpole shrimps. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 30.

Maccari, M., Gómez, A., Hontoria, F. & Amat F. (2013) Functional rare males in diploid parthenogenetic Artemia. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26: 1934–1948.

Mathers T.C, Hammond, R.L., Jenner, R.A., Hänfling B. & Gómez A. (2013) Multiple global radiations in tadpole shrimps challenge the concept of ‘living fossils’. PeerJ, 1: e62.Montero-Pau, J., E. Ramos-Rodríguez, M. Serra & Gómez, A. (2011) Long-term coexistence of rotifer cryptic species. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21530. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021530)

Campillo, S., M. Serra, M.J. Carmona & Gómez, A. (2011) Widespread secondary contact and new glacial refugia in the halophilic rotifer Brachionus plicatilis in the Iberian Peninsula. PLoS ONE 6(6) e20986. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020986)

Montero-Pau, J. & Gómez, A. (2011) Development of genomic resources for the phylogenetic analysis of the Brachionus plicatilis species complex (Rotifera: Monogononta). Hydrobiologia, 662:43-50 (doi: 10.1007/s10750-010-0485-3).

Muñoz, J., A. Gómez*, J. Green, J. Figuerola, F. Amat & C. Rico (2010) Evolutionary origin and phylogeography of the diploid obligate parthenogen Artemia parthenogenetica (Branchiopoda: Anostraca). PLoS ONE, 5: e11932. (*joint first author)

Campillo, S., García-Roger, E. M., Carmona, M. J., Gómez, A. & Serra, M. (2009) Selection on life-history traits and genetic population divergence in rotifers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22: 2542–2553.

Zierold T., Montero-Pau, J., Hänfling, B. & Gómez, A. (2009) Sex ratio and reproductive mode in Triops cancriformis: effects on population genetic diversity and insights from segregation analyses. Freshwater Biology, 54: 1392–1405.

Montero-Pau, J., A. Gómez & J. Muñoz (2008) Application of an inexpensive and high-throughput genomic DNA extraction method for the molecular ecology of zooplanktonic diapausing eggs. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 6: 218-222.

Brief CV

20013-present: Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, University of Hull

2004-2013: Advanced NERC Research Fellow

2000-2004: PDRA University of Hull

1997-1999: Research Sabbatical University of Hull

1996-2000: Lecturer in Ecology, University of Valencia (Spain)

1992-1996: PhD, University of Valencia (Spain)

1995: Visiting Student Georgia Tech, Atlanta (USA)

MSc Biological Sciences, major in Zoology 1991: University of Valencia (Spain)


External links

Associate Editor of BMC Evolutionary Biology

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