Guillermo Friis Montoya

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Research Areas: Speciation genomics, Molecular Ecology, Evolutionary Biology

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 documented 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 focuses in applying genomic techniques to study the evolutionary processes leading to the colonization and adaptation of the gray mangrove (Avicennia marina) to the extreme environmental conditions of the Arabian Gulf. Specifically, he is interested in reconstructing the evolutionary and demographic history of the local populations and in identifying functional genes and pathways involved in the extreme temperature and salinity tolerance of this ecologically relevant species.