Dra. Marisol Domínguez

Postdoctoral Fellow CONICET | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

My research interests focus on the use of genetic techniques to solve enigmas of evolutionary biology, animal behavior, ecology and the conservation of endangered animals. I have participated in projects around these topics in different species, from plants and harvestmen, to birds.

I obtained my PhD in biology at the University of Buenos Aires in 2015. During this project, I analyzed Yellow Cardinal´s (Gubernatrix cristata) population structure at genetic, morphological and behavioral level studying the remaining populations. The results of this study allowed the genetic determination of the population of origin of confiscated cardinals, which gave rise to a more comprehensive interdisciplinary project that is carried out in conjunction with different institutions like the Ministry of Environment of Argentina, wildlife rescue centers and NGOs. This coalition has allowed us to release a group of confiscated yellow cardinals in their place of origin and gives us the possibility to carry out post-release monitoring with radiotelemetry tools to evaluate it success.

From 2016 to 2018, I am pursuing my postdoctoral studies (CONICET grant, Advisors: Ralph Tiedemann and Bettina Mahler) focused on the study of the variability of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in threatened populations of the Yellow Cardinal.

I am especially interested in getting involved in genomic projects that face questions related to the evolution of species and also in studies in the field of conservation genomics.