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Javier Gonzalez

Dr. rer. nat. Zoology, 2009, Heidelberg University, Germany
MSc Zoology, 1997, University of Chile, Chile
BSc Biology, 1992, University of Chile, Chile

I have conducted research projects in phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics. My experience includes scientific work, both in the laboratory and in the field, performed on a broad diversity of organisms like animals (amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals), plants, and even bacteria and viruses. Together with my colleagues in Potsdam, I am currently involved in projects dealing with ancient DNA and next-generation sequencing in order to estimate the phylogeography, population structures and hybridisation events in the past history of mammals like horses, wolverines and cave bears. Additionally, I am collaborating in projects which aim to enhance the obtainment of degraded DNA from ancient bones and museum specimens.

I have given lectures in Chile and Germany in the fields of Evolutionary Biology, Vertebrate Zoology and Molecular Biology. At the University of Potsdam I coordinate and teach courses focusing on zoology, molecular ecology, histology and fieldwork excursions.

Selected Publications
Peer reviewed

  • Wutke S, Benecke N, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Döhle H-J, Friederich S, Gonzalez J, Hallson J, Hofreiter M, Lougas L, Magnell O, Morales-Muniz A, Orlando L, Pálsdóttir A, Reißmann M, Ruttkay M, Trinks A. 2016. Spotted phenotypes lost attractiveness in the Middle Ages. Scientific Reports 6: 38548
  • Wutke S, Andersson L, Benecke N, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Gonzalez J, Hallsson JH, Lõugas L, Magnell O, Morales-Muniz A, Orlando L, Hulda A, Reissmann M, Muñoz-Rodríguez MB, Ruttkay M, Trinks A, Hofreiter M, Ludwig A. The origin of ambling horses. 2016. Current Biology 26: R697--R699
  • Gonzalez J. 2014. Phylogenetic position of the most endangered Chilean bird: the Masafuera Rayadito (Aphrastura masafuerae; Furnariidae). Tropical Conservation Science 7: 677--689
  • Gonzalez J, Wink M. 2010. Genetic differentiation of the Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda (Furnariidae: Passeriformes) revealed by ISSR profiles suggests multiple palaeorefugia and high recurrent gene flow. IBIS 152: 761--774
  • Gonzalez J, Düttmann H, Wink M. 2009 Phylogenetic relationships based on two mitochondrial genes and hybridization patterns in Anatidae. Journal of Zoology 279: 310--318
  • Gonzalez J, Delgado G, Garcia-del-Rey E, Berger C, Wink M. 2009. Use of mitochondrial and nuclear genes to infer the origin of two endemic pigeons from the Canary Islands. Journal of Ornithology 150: 357--367


  • Wink M, Heidrich P, Sauer-Gürth H, El-Sayed A-A, Gonzalez J. 2008. Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the owls (Strigiformes). In C. König and F. Weick (eds) Owls of the World. Christopher Helm Publishers, London, UK