I am interested in molecular phylogenetics and evolution of metazoans, particularly of amphibians. During my research career, I have used mitochondrial genomes and nuclear genes to unfold the phylogeny and systematics of caecilians and frogs, and, ultimately, to study the origin and early diversification of the major lineages of living amphibians. I am also interested in the molecular and evolutionary dynamics of the mitochondrial genome, and in the phylogenetic performance of nuclear and mitochondrial genes. Recently, I have also become particularly interested in phylogenetic experimental design, and methodology to most efficiently reconstruct large-scale phylogenies.
Molecular Phylogenetics, Molecular Systematics, Molecular Evolution, Phylogenetic Experimental Design, Mitogenomics, Comparative Genomics, Phylogeography, Amphibians, Caecilians, Vertebrates