Oscar Puebla

Prof. Dr. Oscar Puebla

Leader of the Working Group Fish Ecology and Evolution, Professor for Fish Ecology (University of Oldenburg)

Department: Ecology

Phone: +49 (0)421 23800 - 168

Fax: +49 (0)421 23800 - 30

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Office: Wiener Str. 7
28359 Bremen

Room: 5310 (3rd floor)

Research interests

We are interested in marine ecological and evolutionary processes in tropical fishes and their implications in the context of adaptation to global change, management and conservation. Such processes include for example dispersal, adaptation, speciation and adaptive radiation. Our main tool is population genomics, which we often complement with other approaches such as behavior or theory.

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Selected publications

Hench K, Helmkampf M, McMillan WO, Puebla O (2022) Rapid radiation in a highly diverse marine environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 119, e2020457119

Puebla O, Coulmance F, Estapé CJ, Estapé AM, Robertson DRR (2022) A review of 263 years of taxonomic research on Hypoplectrus (Perciformes: Serranidae), with a redescription of Hypoplectrus affinis (Poey, 1861). Zootaxa 5093, 101–141

Peña J, Nöldeke G, Puebla O (2020) The evolution of egg trading in simultaneous hermaphrodites. The American Naturalist 195, 524–533

Hench K, Vargas M, Höppner MP, McMillan WO, Puebla O (2019) Inter-chromosomal coupling between vision and pigmentation genes during genomic divergence. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 657–667

Moran BM, Hench K, Waples RS, Höppner MP, Baldwin CC, McMillan WO, Puebla O (2019) The evolution of microendemism in a reef fish (Hypoplectrus maya). Molecular Ecology 28, 2872–2885

Picq S, Scotti M, Puebla O (2019) Behavioural syndromes as a link between ecology and mate choice: a field study in a reef fish population. Animal Behaviour 150, 219–237

Puebla O, Picq S, Lesser JS, Moran B (2018) Social-trap or mimicry? An empirical evaluation of the H. unicolor – C. capistratus association in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Coral Reefs 37, 1127–1137

Theodosiou L, McMillan WO, Puebla O (2016) Recombination in the eggs and sperm in a simultaneously hermaphroditic vertebrate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283, 20161821

Puebla O, Bermingham E, McMillan WO (2014) Genomic atolls of divergence in coral reef fishes (Hypoplectrus spp, Serranidae). Molecular Ecology 23, 5291– 5303

Puebla O, Bermingham E, McMillan WO (2012) On the spatial scale of dispersal in coral reef fishes. Molecular Ecology 21, 5675–5688

Puebla O, Bermingham E, Guichard F (2012) Pairing dynamics and the origin of species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279, 1085–1092

Puebla O, Bermingham E, Guichard F (2009) Estimating dispersal from genetic isolation by distance in a coral reef fish (Hypoplectrus puella). Ecology 90, 3087–3098

Puebla O (2009) Ecological speciation in marine v. freshwater fishes. J. Fish Biol. 75, 960–996

Puebla O, Bermingham E, Guichard F, Whiteman E (2007) Colour pattern as a single trait driving speciation in Hypoplectrus coral reef fishes? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274, 1265–1271


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