Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA and MA Pablo de Olavide University; PhD National Museum of Natural Sciences (Spain) - Autonomous University of Madrid
Research Areas: Evolutionary Biology; Speciation Genomics; Molecular Ecology
Guillermo Friis is an evolutionary biologist interested in the origin and maintenance of Biodiversity, inferring evolutionary mechanisms of diversification and understanding the genomic basis of phenotypic variation. His PhD at National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid studied neutral and selective mechanisms driving genetic and phenotypic divergence at the early stages of speciation in the radiation of the songbird genus Junco.
At NYUAD, his research focus is in applying genomic techniques to study the evolutionary processes leading to the colonization and adaptation to the extreme environmental conditions of the Arabian Gulf by the ecologically relevant gray mangrove species (Avicennia marina). Specifically, he is interested in reconstructing the evolutionary and demographic history of the local populations and in identifying particular functional genes and pathways involved in the extreme temperature and salinity tolerance of Arabian Gulf mangroves.