I joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2013 after having worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University (USA) and the Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I obtained my PhD from the University of York in 2010, and an MSc and a BSc in Biology from the UNAM.
Although most of my work is focused on small mammals, I am generally interested in using molecular techniques for population and landscape genetics and genomics, conservation biology, biogeography and phylogeography to understand the patterns and processes that shaped the spatial distribution of organisms. Whenever possible, I intend to use the scientific information for the management of biodiversity with conservation purposes.
Teaching and subject expertise
I teach in the following modules of the Science Programmes: Variety of Life, Organism and Its Environment (Introduction to Evolution and Population Genetics), Practical Ecology, and sometimes in Foundation Biology and other modules.
Within the Department, I am a member of the Ecology Research Group (ERG) and the Biomolecular Research Group (BMRG). I am also a current member of the British Ecological Society and the Kent Mammal Group.
Publications and research outputs
Some of my most relevant scientific publications are:
Vega, R., Mcdevitt, A.D., Kryštufek, B. & Searle, JB. (2016). Ecogeographical patterns of morphological variation in pygmy shrews Sorex minutus (Soricomorpha: Soricinae) within a phylogeographical and continental-and-island framework. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (early view).
Yannic, G., Pellissier, L., Dubey, S., Vega, R., Basset, P., Mazzotti, S., Hauffe, H. C., Searle, J.B. & Hausser, J. (2012). Multiple refugia and barriers explain the phylogeography of the Valais shrew, Sorex antinorii (Mammalia: Soricomorpha). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105: 864-880.
McDevitt, A.D., Vega, R., Rambau, R.V., Yannic, G., Herman, J.S., Hayden, T.J. & Searle, J.B. (2011). Colonisation of Ireland: revisiting ‘the pygmy shrew syndrome’ using mitochondrial, Y chromosomal and microsatellite markers. Heredity 107: 548-557.
Vega, R., Amori G., Aloise, G., Cellini, S., Loy, A. & Searle, J.B. (2010). Genetic and morphological variation in a Mediterranean glacial refugium: evidence from Italian pygmy shrews, Sorex minutus (Mammalia, Soricomorpha). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 100: 774-787.
Vega, R., Fløjgaard, C., Lira-Noriega, A., Nakazawa, Y., Svenning, J.-C. & Searle, J.B. (2010). Northern glacial refugia for the pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus) in Europe revealed by phylogeographic analyses and species distribution modelling. Ecography 33: 260-271.
Vega, R., Vázquez-Domínguez, E., Mejía-Puente, A. & Cuarón, A.D. (2007). Unexpected high levels of genetic variability and the population structure of an island endemic rodent (Oryzomys couesi cozumelae). Biological Conservation 137: 210-222.