Dr. Ariel Rodríguez 

Arbeitsgruppe AG Vences
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1991-1996 University of Havana, Cuba,  Bachelor in Biological Sciences
1998-2002 Masters Degree, Faculty of Biology, University of  Havana, Cuba
2001 IBRO fellowship, Universidad de Chile (Prof. M. Penna)

2002-2008 Ph.D. Student, Institute of Ecology and Systematics, Cuba
2007, 2008 GTI fellowship, Royal Belgian Museum of Natural History, Belgium (Prof. E. Verheyen)

2008-2010 Ph.D. Student, Institute of  Ecology and Systematics, Cuba - Institute of Zoology, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany (Prof. M. Vences)

2012 Postdoc, Unit of Evolutionary Biology, Institute of Zoology, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany (Humboldt fellowship, supervisor: Prof. M. Vences)


Research interests:

- Diversification of populations and speciation from the phenotypic to the genomic level: phylogenomics, next-generation sequencing, bioacoustics, phylogeography, and morphology (focus on amphibians and reptiles).

- Ecology and spatial distributions of amphibians and reptiles: species distribution models and physiological niche models of amphibians and reptiles.

- Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity: identification and mitigation of threats affecting the survival of endangered species of amphibians and reptiles.



Peer-reviewed articles

Rodríguez, A., Börner, M., Pabijan, M., Gehara, M., Haddad, C.F.B. (2015): Genetic divergence in tropical anurans: deeper phylogeographic structure in forest specialists and in topographically complex regions. Evolutionary Ecology 29: 765-785.

MacLeod, A., Rodríguez, A., Vences, M., Orozco-terWengel, P., García, C., Trillmich, F., Gentille, G., Caccone, A., Quezada, G., Steinfartz, S. (2015): Hybridization masks speciation in the evolutionary history of the Galápagos Marine Iguana. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20150425 (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0425).

Heinermann, J., Rodríguez, A., Segev, O., Edmonds, D., Dolch, R., Vences, M. (2015): Year-round activity patterns in a hyperdiverse community of rainforest amphibians in Madagascar. Journal of Natural History 49: 2213-2231.

Segev, O., Rodríguez, A., Hauswaldt, S., Hugemann, K., Vences, M. (2015): Flatworms (Schmidtea nova) prey upon embryos of the common frog (Rana temporaria) and induce minor developmental acceleration. Amphibia-Reptilia 36: 155-163.

Simoes, B., Sampaio, F., Jared, C., Antoniazzi, M., Loew, E., Bowmaker, J., Rodríguez, A., Hart, N., Hunt, D., Partridge, J., Gower, D.J. (2015): Visual system evolution and the nature of the ancestral snake. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28: 1309–1320.

Vences, M., Sanchez, E., Hauswaldt, J.S., Eikelmann, D., Rodríguez, A., Carranza, S., Donaire, D., Gehara, M., Helfer, V., Lötters, S., Werner, P., Schulz, S., Steinfartz, S. (2014): Nuclear and mitochondrial multilocus phylogeny and survey of alkaloid content in true salamanders of the genus Salamandra (Salamandridae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 73: 208–216.

Sillero, N., Campos, J., Bonardi, A., Corti, C., Creemers, R., Crochet, P.-A., Isailovic, J.C., Denoël, M., Ficetola, G.F., Gonçalves, J., Kuzmin, S., Lymberakis, P., Pous, P.d., Rodríguez, A., Sindaco, R., Speybroeck, J., Toxopeus, B., Vieites, D.R., Vences, M. (2014): Updated distribution and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles of Europe. Amphibia-Reptilia 35: 1-31.

Gehara, M., Crawford, A.J., Orrico, V.G.D., Rodríguez, A., Lötters, S., Fouquet, A., Baldo, D., Barrientos, L.S., Brusquetti, F., Castroviejo-Fisher, S., Riva, I.D.l., Ernst, R., Faivovich, J., Gagliardi-Urrutia, G., Glaw, F., Guayasamin, J., Hölting, M., Jansen, M., Kok, P., Kwet, A., Lingnau, R., Lyra, M., Moravec, J., Padial, J.M., Jr., J.P., Rojas-Runjaic, F.J.M., Schulze, A., Señaris, J.C., Solé, M., Trefaut-Rodriguez, M., Twomey, E., Haddad, C.F.B., Vences, M., Köhler, J. (2014): Continentally widespread frog species exist despite high levels of cryptic diversity: evidence from a phylogeographic analysis of the Neotropical tree frog Dendropsophus minutus. Plos ONE 9: e103958.

Rodríguez, A., Poth, D., Schulz, S., Gehara, M., Vences, M. (2013): Genetic diversity, phylogeny and evolution of alkaloid sequestering in Cuban miniaturized frogs of the Eleutherodactylus limbatus group. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 68: 541–554.

Rodríguez, A. & Alonso, R. (2012) New localities for Eleutherodactylus glamyrus (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae) in Eastern Cuba. Herpetology Notes 5, 293-295.

Rodríguez, A., Alonso, R., Rodríguez, J.A. & Vences, M. (2012) Geographic distribution, color variation and molecular diversity of miniature frogs of the Eleutherodactylus limbatus group from Cuba Salamandra, 48, 71-91.

M. Vences, A. Schulz, D. Poth, & A. Rodríguez. 2011. Defining frontiers in mite and frog alkaloid research. Biology Letters 7: 557.

Rodríguez, A. M. Vences & García L. Y. 2011. Expansion of the known distribution and molecular systematics of Eleutherodactylus adelus (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae). Salamandra 47(4).

Rodríguez, A., D. Poth, S. Schulz, & M. Vences. 2011. Discovery of skin alkaloids in a miniaturized eleutherodactylid frog from Cuba. Biology Letters 7: 414-418.

Rodríguez, A., M. Vences, B. Nevado, A. Machordom, & E. Verheyen. 2010. Biogeographic origin and radiation of Cuban Eleutherodactylus of the auriculatus species group, inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 179–186

Rodríguez, A., D. de la Nuez, & R. Alonso. 2010. Intraspecific variation in the advertisement call of the cloud forest frog Eleutherodactylus glamyrus (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae). Journal of Herpetology 44: 457–466.

Hernández M, Alonso R & A. Rodríguez. 2010. Advertisement call of Peltophryne florentinoi (Anura: Bufonidae), an endemic toad from Zapata Swamp, Cuba. Amphibia-Reptilia 31: 265-272.

Rodríguez A., R. Alonso & L. V. Moreno. 2007. Types of amphibians in the Zoological Collection of the Institute of Ecology and Systematics, Havana, Cuba. Poeyana 495: 20-22.

Alonso, R. & A. Rodríguez. 2005. Intra-populational variation in the advertisement call of the Cuban giant toad Bufo fustiger (Anura: Bufonidae). Revista Biología. 19(1-2): 87-91.

Alonso, R. y A. Rodríguez. 2004. Anolis lucius (Coronel, Gorrita). Vocalizations. Herpetological Review 36(4).

Alonso, R. & A. Rodríguez. 2003. Advertisement calls of Cuban toads of the genus Bufo (Anura: Bufonidae). Phyllomedusa 2(2): 75-82.

Rodríguez, A. & R. Alonso (2003). Eleutherodactylus dimidiatus, Geographic Distribution. Herpetological Review 34(3). 257-258.

Rodríguez, A. & R. Alonso (2003). Eleutherodactylus eileenae, Geographic Distribution. Herpetological Review 34(3): 258.

Rodríguez, A. & R. Alonso (2003). Eleutherodactylus tetajulia, Geographic Distribution. Herpetological Review 34(3): 258.

Rodríguez, A. & R. Alonso (2003). Eleutherodactylus ronaldi. Geographic Distribution. Herpetological Review 34(3): 258.

J. E. Fa; J. P. Soy; R. Capote; M. Martínez; I. Fernández; A. Ávila; D. Rodríguez; A. Rodríguez; F. Cejas & G. Brull. 2002. Biodiversity of Sierra del Cristal, Cuba: first insights. Oryx. 36 (4): 389-395.

Alonso, R. & A. Rodríguez. 2001. Llamadas del repertorio vocal de Eleutherodactylus eileenae (Anura: Leptodactylidae) del Occidente de Cuba. Cuadernos de Herpetología. 14 (2): 123-130.

Alonso, R., A. Rodríguez & A. R. Estrada. 2001. Patrones de actividad acústica y trófica de machos cantores de Eleutherodactylus eileenae (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Revista Española de Herpetología. 15: 45-52.

A. R. Estrada, L. M. Díaz & A. Rodríguez. 1997. Nueva especie de Eleutherodactylus (Anura: Leptodactylidae) del litoral norte de La Habana, Cuba. Revista Española de Herpetología 11: 19-24.



González Alonso, H., Rodríguez-Schettino, L., Rodríguez, A., Mancina, C.A. & Ramos-García, I. (2012) Libro Rojo de los Vertebrados de Cuba (Red book of the Cuban vertebrates). Editorial Academia, La Habana. 304pp.

Alonso, R., A. Rodríguez & R. Márquez. 2007. Sound Guide of Amphibians from Cuba. Alosa, Barcelona (CD & booklet): 28pp.


Other academic works

Rodríguez, A. (2011). Results of the Cuban amphibians Red List assessment. Froglog 96: 19-20.

Rodríguez, A. (2011): Anfibios [Amphibians] Pp 236-256. In Larramendi, J., Viña-Dávila, N. (eds.) Rostros en peligro. Ediciones Polymita, Ciudad de Guatemala.

Rodríguez A. (2009). Book review: Guía taxonómica de los anfibios de Cuba. Phyllomedusa 8(1): 63-65.

Rodríguez A. & R. Alonso (2009). Natural History: Eleutherodactylus leberi (NCN), clutch size and parental care. Herpetological Review 40(2): 204.

Rodríguez, A. & Alonso, R. (2003). Ranas arborícolas [Arboreal frogs]. Pp 10-19. En L. Rodríguez-Schettino (ed.) Anfibios y Reptiles de Cuba. UPC Print, Vaasa, Finland.

Rodríguez, A. & Alonso, R. (2003). Ranas diminutas [Diminutive frogs]. Pp 50-55. En L. Rodríguez-Schettino (ed.) Anfibios y Reptiles de Cuba. UPC Print, Vaasa, Finland.

Rodríguez-Schettino. & A. Rodríguez. (2003). Especies en peligro y su conservación [Threatened species and conservation]. Pp 156-161. In L. Rodríguez-Schettino (ed.) Anfibios y Reptiles de Cuba. UPC Print, Vaasa, Finland.

Rodríguez, A. & R. Alonso (2000). Threatened amphibians from Cuba. Froglog 37: 7

Rodríguez A., Alonso R. (1999): Sightings of the Cuban Sandhill Crane in Pinar del Río, Cuba. El Pitirre 12(3): 102.

Estrada A. R., Díaz L. M., Rodríguez A. (1997): Nueva especie de Eleutherodactylus (Anura: Leptodactylidae) del litoral norte de La Habana, Cuba. Revista Española de Herpetología 11: 19-24.