Jose Manuel Padial, PhD
Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Herpetology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY, 10024-5192
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Fax: (+1) 212 769 5031
E-mails: jpadial(at)amnh.org, jose.m.padial(at)gmail.com
Associate Editor (Amphibians) Zootaxa
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My research focuses on inventorying and understanding species diversity. I work on amphibians and reptiles of the tropical Andes and the Amazon, which count among the most diverse, endangered and poorly known areas of the world, but also in NW Africa. In order to discover species and to infer diversification mechanisms, I study local and broad scale patterns of genetic and phenotypic (morphological, bioacoustic) diversity using methods of taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, and population genetics. I'm also interested in the philosophy of systematics, especially the epistemology of species concepts, the ways classifications can reflect evolutionary history, and the implications of our simplifying assumptions when ontological individuals are treated as sets or natural kinds.
Currently, my major areas of research are the evolutionary history of New World direct-developing frogs (Terrarana), and the origin of Amazonian diversity.
My research on Terrarana (a cluster of families comprehending ca. 900 species) includes reconstructing the phylogeny of the group, studying morphological evolution, testing biogeographical hypotheses on Neotropical diversification, and identifying correlates of clade diversity and diversification rates.
Together with Dr. Santiago Castroviejo, Dr. Ignacio de la Riva, and Dr. Andrew Crawford, I am coordinating the largest collaborative project on the diversity and origin of Amazonian amphibians performed to date. We have brought together a group of 24 researchers from 15 countries with the goal of producing the first broad-scale screening of Amazonian amphibian diversity and to study historical processes responsible for species and genetic diversity in the Amazonian lowland forests.
Google Scholar Citations: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=UlYf6sEAAAAJ
- González-Voyer*, A., Padial*, J. M., Castroviejo-Fisher, S., De la Riva, I., and Vila, C. 2011. Correlates of species richness in the largest Neotropical amphibian radiation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24: 931–942. *Equal contributors.
- Padial, J.M., Chaparro, J.C., Castroviejo-Fisher, S., Guayasamín, J.M., Lehr, E., Delgado, A.J., Vaira, M., Teixeira jr, M., Aguayo, R. and De la Riva, I. A revision of species diversity in the Neotropical genus Oreobates (Anura: Strabomantidae), with the description of three new species from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes, and the proposal of candidate species. American Museum Novitates (accepted).
- Geniez, P., Padial, J. M. & Crochet, P. A. 2011. Systematics of north African Agama (Reptilia: Agamidae): a new species of Agama from the central Saharan mountains. Zootaxa, 3098: 26–46.
- Padial, J. M., and De la Riva, I. 2010. A response to recent proposals of Integrative taxonomy. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. 101: 747–756.
- Padial, J. M., Miralles, A., De la Riva, I. and Vences, M. 2010. The integrative future of taxonomy. Frontiers in Zoology, 2010, 7:16.
- Padial, J. M. and De la Riva, I. 2009. Integrative taxonomy reveals cryptic Amazonian species of Pristimantis (Anura). Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, 155: 97–122.
- Padial, J. M., Castroviejo-Fisher, S. and De la Riva, I. 2009. The phylogenetic relationships of Yunganastes revisited (Anura: Terrarana). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 52: 911–915.
- Padial, J. M., Castroviejo-Fisher, S., Köhler, Jörn, Vilà, C., Chaparro, J. C. and De la Riva, I. 2009. Deciphering the products of evolution at the species level: the need for an integrative taxonomy. Zoologica Scripta, 38: 431–447.
- Padial, J. M., Köhler, J., Muñoz, A. and De la Riva, I. 2008. Assessing the taxonomic status of tropical frogs through bioacoustics: geographical variation in the advertisement call in the Eleutherodactylus discoidalis species group (Anura: Brachycephalidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 152, 353–365.
- Padial, J. M. and De la Riva, I. 2006. Taxonomic inflation and the stability of species lists: the perils of ostrich’s behavior. Systematic Biology, 55(5): 859–867.