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Conservation Research Institute



I am an evolutionary biologist interested in understanding how animal and plant biodiversity is generated and maintained. I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK.


Why are some of the regions on Earth much more species-rich than others? Why are some groups of organisms more diverse than others?   Are there traits that make animals and plants speciate faster? How are new species formed? I try to find answers to these questions using mainly phylogenetics and genomics.


Key publications: 

Igea, J., & Tanentzap, A. J. (2019). Multiple macroevolutionary routes to becoming a biodiversity hotspot. Science Advances5(2), eaau8067.

Igea, J., Miller, E. F., Papadopulos, A. S., & Tanentzap, A. J. (2017). Seed size and its rate of evolution correlate with species diversification across angiosperms. PLoS Biology15(7), e2002792.

Igea, J., Bogarín, D., Papadopulos, A.S.T., and Savolainen, V. (2015). A comparative analysis of island floras challenges taxonomy-based biogeographical models of speciation. Evolution 69 (2), 482-491.

Igea, J., Aymerich, P., Fernández-González, A., González-Esteban, J., Gómez, A., Alonso, R., Gosálbez, J., and Castresana, J. (2013). Phylogeography and postglacial expansion of the endangered semi-aquatic mammal Galemys pyrenaicusBMC Evolutionary Biology 13, 115.

Igea, J., Juste, J., and Castresana, J. (2010). Novel intron markers to study the phylogeny of closely related mammalian species. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10, 369. 

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Contact Details

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street
01223 (7)48982


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