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P: 864-656-2328

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634


Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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J. Antonio Baeza Migueles

Biological Sciences

Associate Professor

Jordan Hall 101 [Lab]
Jordan Hall 400U [Lab]
Long Hall 226 [Office]

Educational Background

Ph.D., Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
M.S., Marine Science, Marine Sciences
L.S., Marine Bioloy, Marine Biology

Profile/About Me

We are interested in various topics in the fields of Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics & Phylogeography, and Fisheries Biology. We use marine invertebrates, including economically valuable species, as model systems. Our research is both hypothesis and curiosity driven and we use a combination of molecular phylogenies, natural history observations, basic modeling approaches, and manipulative experiments to accomplish our research goals. Our current research programs have two main focuses (1) non-applied research on the behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology of marine invertebrates in order to understand diversification processes (2) applied research aimed at generating information relevant for proposing measures for the sustainable use of exploited marine invertebrates. The model systems we are using include various groups of marine decapods crustaceans, including crabs, shrimps, and most recently, spiny lobsters.

Research Interests

Evolutionary Biology

Behavioral Ecology

Molecular Phylogenetics and Phylogeography

Courses Taught

Molecular Phylogenetics and The Comparative Method

Invertebrate Biology

Academic Development

Selected Publications

Veldsman, W.P., Ma, K.Y., Hui, J.H.L., Chan, T.F., Baeza, J.A., Qin, J. and Chu, K.H., 2021. Comparative genomics of the coconut crab and other decapod crustaceans: exploring the molecular basis of terrestrial adaptation. BMC genomics, 22(1), pp.1-15.

Chak, S.T., Baeza, J.A. and Barden, P., 2021. Eusociality shapes convergent patterns of molecular evolution across mitochondrial genomes of snapping shrimps. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 38(4), pp.1372-1383.

González, M.T., Sepúlveda, F.A., Zárate, P.M. and Baeza, J.A., 2021. Regional population genetics and global phylogeography of the endangered highly migratory shark Lamna nasus: Implications for fishery management and conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 31(3), pp.620-634.

Baeza, J.A., 2020. Yes, we can use it: a formal test on the accuracy of low-pass nanopore long-read sequencing for mitophylogenomics and barcoding research using the Caribbean spiny lobster Panulirus argus. BMC genomics, 21(1), pp.1-16.

Baeza, J.A. and Prakash, S., 2019. An integrative taxonomic and phylogenetic approach reveals a complex of cryptic species in the ‘peppermint’shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni sensu stricto. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 185(4), pp.1018-1038.

Baeza, J.A., Holstein, D., Umaña-Castro, R. and Mejía-Ortíz, L.M., 2019. Population genetics and biophysical modeling inform metapopulation connectivity of the Caribbean king crab Maguimithrax spinosissimus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 610, pp.83-97.

Baeza, J.A., 2018. Sexual Selection and Mixed Sex Expression: Adolescent Protandry, Phenotypic Tradeoffs and ‘Unconventional'Sex Allocation Estimates in a Protandric-Simultaneous Hermaphrodite. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, p.260.

Titus, B.M., Daly, M., Hamilton, N., Berumen, M.L. and Baeza, J.A., 2018. Global species delimitation and phylogeography of the circumtropical ‘sexy shrimp’Thor amboinensis reveals a cryptic species complex and secondary contact in the Indo?West Pacific. Journal of Biogeography, 45(6), pp.1275-1287.

Baeza, J.A., Guéron, R., Simpson, L. and Ambrosio, L.J., 2016. Population distribution, host-switching, and chemical sensing in the symbiotic shrimp Lysmata pederseni: implications for its mating system in a changing reef seascape. Coral reefs, 35(4), pp.1213-1224.

Baeza, J.A., Simpson, L., Ambrosio, L.J., Guéron, R. and Mora, N., 2016. Monogamy in a hyper-symbiotic shrimp. PLoS One, 11(3), p.e0149797.

Baeza, J.A., 2013. Molecular phylogeny of broken-back shrimps (genus Lysmata and allies): A test of the ‘Tomlinson–Ghiselin’hypothesis explaining the evolution of hermaphroditism. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69(1), pp.46-62.

Rivadeneira, M.M., Hernáez, P., Antonio Baeza, J., Boltana, S., Cifuentes, M., Correa, C., Cuevas, A., del Valle, E., Hinojosa, I., Ulrich, N. and Valdivia, N., 2010. Testing the abundant?centre hypothesis using intertidal porcelain crabs along the Chilean coast: linking abundance and life?history variation. Journal of Biogeography, 37(3), pp.486-498.

Baeza, J.A., 2007. Sex allocation in a simultaneously hermaphroditic marine shrimp. Evolution: International Journal of Organic Evolution, 61(10), pp.2360-2373.


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Contact Information

P: 864-656-2328

Campus Location

132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634


Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.