Susette Castañeda is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute´s Center for Conservation Genomics (CCG). Castañeda is an evolutionary biologist, primarily focused on understanding many aspects of the evolutionary history and systematics of mammals, including population genetics, phylogeography, biogeography and phylogenomics, as well as methodology for sequencing DNA from ancient and non-invasive samples. Her research at CCG is focused on the evolutionary history of the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), the only extant non-domestic canid with a widespread natural range that spans from the southern edge of central and eastern Canada to the northern part of Venezuela and Colombia, using museum specimens and genomics.
Castañeda's projects include:
- Evolutionary history of gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
- Phylogenomics of the Peromyscus melanophys group
- Using museum specimens to understand the evolutionary history of mammals
Castañeda-Rico, S., León-Paniagua, L., Vázquez-Domínguez, E., Navarro-Sigüenza, A. 2014. Evolutionary diversification and speciation in rodents of the Mexican lowlands: the Peromyscus melanophrys species group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 70:454-463.
Castañeda-Rico, S., León-Paniagua, L., Ruedas, L.A., Vázquez-Domínguez, E. 2011. High genetic diversity and extreme differentiation in the two remaining populations of Habromys simulatus. Journal of Mammalogy. 92(5): 963-973.