Dr. Luciano J. Ávila

Centro Nacional PatagónicoDr. Luciano J. Ávila
Taxonomic Focus: Lizards

Address: Boul. Alte. Brown s/n, U9120 ACV - Pto. Madryn (Chubut), Argentina
Phone: 54 (2965) 451024-235
E-mail: avila@cenpat.edu.ar

Research

Herpetology: systematic, phylogeny, bioecology, conservation, biogeography and geographic distribution, biodiversity and biological surveys.

Related Publications


Avila, L. J., M. Morando, C. H. F. Perez, & J. W. Sites, Jr. Congeneric phylogeography: Hypothesizing species limits and evolutionary processes in Patagonian lizards of the Liolaemus boulengeri group (Squamata: Liolaemini). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 86 (in press).

O’Grady, S. P., M. Morando, L. J. Avila, & M. D. Dearing. 2005. Correlating diet and digestive tract specialization: examples from the lizard family Liolaemidae. Zoology 108(3):201-210.

Morando, M., L. J. Avila, J. Baker, & J. W. Sites, Jr. 2004. Phylogeny and phylogeography of the Liolaemus darwinii complex (Squamata: Liolaemidae): Evidence for introgression and incomplete lineage sorting. Evolution 58(4):842-861.

Avila, L. J., M. Morando, C. H. F. Perez, & J. W. Sites, Jr. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships of lizards of the Liolaemus petrophilus group (Squamata, Liolaemidae), with description of two new species from western Argentina. Herpetologica 60(2):187-203.

Avila, L. J., C. H. F. Perez, & M. Morando. 2003. A new species of Liolaemus (Squamata: Iguania: Liolaemidae) from northwestern Patagonia (Neuquén, Argentina). Herpetologica 59(4):534-545.

Avila, L. J. 2003. A new species of Liolaemus (Squamata: Liolaemidae) from Northeastern Argentina and Southern Paraguay. Herpetologica 59(2):282-291.

Morando, M, L. J. Avila, & J. W. Sites, Jr. 2003. Sampling strategies for delimiting species: genes, individuals, and populations in the Liolaemus elongatus-kriegi complex (Squamata: Liolaemidae) in Andean – Patagonian South America. Systematic Biology 52:159-185.

Academic Background

  • Licenciado en Ciencias Biológicas (’90) Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (Río Cuarto, Córdoba)
  • PhD in Ciencias Biológicas, Orientación Zoología (’96) Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Tucumán, Argentina)
  • Investigador Asistente (Assistant Researcher), CRILAR-CONICET (’98–’04)
  • Investigador Adjunto (Adjunct Researcher), CENPAT-CONICET (’04–'10)
  • Investigador Independiente (Independent Researcher), CENPAT-CONICET (’10–present)

Biography

Born in 1965, Realicó, La Pampa; Argentina; Ayudante Investigación SeCyT-UNRC (undergraduate research, ’86–’87), Becario SeCyT-UNRC (doctoral fellowship, ’90–’91), Becario Primer Nivel CONICOR (doctoral fellowship, ’91–’93), Becario Perfeccionamiento CONICET (doctoral fellowship, ’93–’95), Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto. Becario Postdoctoral CONICET (postdoctoral fellowship, ’95–’97), Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto. Becario Postdoctoral CONICET (postdoctoral fellowship, ’01–’03) & Postdoc Brigham Young University (’00–’04). Ayudante Docente Biologia General (Teacher Assistantship General Biology, ’90–’97). Invited Professor UNLaR (’00).

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