Lab members:


Borja MilaBorja Milá, PI.

Francisco Morinha, Postdoctoral Fellow, Juan de la Cierva contract, 2018-2021. Genetics of speciation in corvids.

María Recuerda, MNCN. FPU Doctoral Grant, 2017-2021. Co-directed with Rafa Zardoya and Guillermo Blanco. Genomics of speciation in island birds.

Javi Sala, MNCN. FPI Doctoral Grant, 2020-2024. Comparative genomics along an avian speciation continuum.

Bárbara Freitas, MNCN. FCT Doctoral Grant (Portugal), 2021-2025. Co-directed with Christophe Thébaud. The role of song in speciation processes of island birds.

Former members:

Guillermo Friis, MNCN, FPI Doctoral Grant, 2014-2017. Geographic variation in molecular markers, phenotypic traits and ecological variables in the radiation of North American juncos (Junco hyemalis). Defended in February 2018. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Maëva Gabrielli, Université de Toulouse, Co-directed with Christophe Thébaud. Speciation genomics of the gray white-eye (Zosterops borbonicus) on Reunion Island. Defended 7/2020.

Alvar Veiga Schmitz, UCM-MNCN, Master Project 2013. Genetic divergence and genetic diversity of the House Finch (Haemorrhous mexicanus) on Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

Natalia Rojas, UIMP-MNCN, Master project 2017-2018. Genetic diversity and population structure in the volcano junco (Junco vulcani) of Costa Rica.

Ester Martínez Renau, UIMP-MNCN, Master project 2017-2018. Conservation genetics and blood parasites in the volcano junco (Junco vulcani) of Costa Rica.


Etienne Kornobis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Phylogenomics and transcriptomics of North American juncos (Junco hyemalis). Currently a researcher at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France.

Dr. Boris Delahaie, Université de Toulouse, France, Hybrid zone dynamics along ecological gradients in the intra-island diversification of Zosterops borbonicus. PhD Thesis co-directed with Christophe Thébaud. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University.

yannDr. Yann Bourgeois, Université de Toulouse, France, The evolution of plumage color in the intra-island diversification of Zosterops borbonicus. PhD Thesis, co-directed with Christophe Thébaud. Currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at New York University – Abu Dhabi.

Sofia Alvarez Nordstrom, Phylogeography of pine and black-capped siskins (Spinus pinus & S. atriceps), graduate project, 2011-2012.

pauPau Aleixandre Mallol (FPU doctoral grant, 2011), Phylogenomics, transcriptomics, and the genetic basis of phenotypic traits in the North American juncos (Junco hyemalis).

Dr. Jose Luis Horreo, MNCN, Postdoc 2013.
Alberto Muñoz Saldaña (UCM, Madrid), Intraspecific genetic distances in Amazonian birds, Master 2011.
Adán Oliveras de Ita (UNAM, México), Genetic structure in the endangered Sierra Madre sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi), Master 2011.