Tibisay Escalona

I am an evolutionary biologist, with expertise in ecology, life history evolution, population genetics, herpetology, conservation and evolutionary genomics. The central drive of my research is to integrate these disciplines to understand the evolution of reptilian biodiversity in all its forms, from molecules to populations, and to contribute to their conservation.  My current work focuses in elucidating adaptive patterns of mitogenome evolution. To answer this question I employ modern molecular statistical analysis using bioinformatics methods, to detect changes in selective constraints on mitochondria DNA protein coding regions throughout chelonian evolution.