Dr. Mariana Morando

Centro Nacional PatagónicoDr. Mariana Morando
Taxonomic Focus: Lizards

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


Herpetology: systematic, phylogeny, phylogeography, conservation, biogeography, 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.

Pellegrino, K. C. M.; M. T. Rodrigues; A. N. Waite; M. Morando; Y. Y. Yassuda; & J. W. Sites, Jr. 2005. Phylogeography and species limits in the Gymnodactylus darwinii complex (Gekkonidae, Squamata): genetic structure coincides with river systems in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Zoological Journal of Linnean Society 85(1):13-26.

Goldberg, S. R., C. R. Bursey, & M. Morando. 2004. Metazoan Endoparasites of Twelve Species of Lizards from Argentina. Comparative Parasitology 71(2):208-214.

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.

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.

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.

Academic Background

  • Licenciado en Ciencias Biológicas (’94) Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (Río Cuarto, Córdoba)
  • MS (’04) Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • PhD in Ciencias Biológicas, Orientación Zoología (’04) Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Tucumán, Argentina)
  • Investigador Asistente (Assistant Researcher), CENPAT—CONICET (’06–present)


Born in 1970, Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina; Ayudante Investigacion SeCyT-UNRC (undergraduate research, ’93 – ’94), Becario SeCyT-UNRC (doctoral fellowship, ’94 – ’96), Beca CABBIO-UBA (’94), Becario CONICET (doctoral fellowship, ’99 – ’03). Becario CONICET (postdoctoral fellowship, ’04 – ’06). Professor Titular UNLaR (’98 – ’99). Jefe Trabajos Prácticos UNPSJB (’04 – ’00). 2002 Award Julia Greenwell College of Biology and Agricultura, BYU; Award Postgraduate Students BYU; 2003 Award Beck College of Biology and Agriculture, BYU. 2001 Partial Support Molecular Evolution Workshop, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. 2003 Field Support Travel to Brazil, College of Biology and Agriculture, BYU.


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