Dr Jonathan Sandoval-Castillo

I am attracted by the biogeography, phylogeny and evolution of marine organism, especially by the speciation process in elasmobranches (sharks and rays). I am interested in the integration of molecular and ecological approaches to elucidate evolutionary histories in the ocean. I have been involved in elasmobranch research since 2000. In 2011 I completed my PhD at Macquarie University under the supervision of Prof Luciano Beheregaray, studying evolutionary aspects of elasmobranch speciation in the Gulf of California. Currently I am part of MELFU at Flinders University. Using genomics and transcriptomics we are trying to elucidate patterns of adaptation on aquatic populations.

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Research Experience

– Use of next generation sequence technology to inform fisheries restocking and stock enhancement programs (Feb 2013-April 2015) 

– Connectivity (seascape genetics), invasion biology and evolution in the sea (Jan 2012-Feb 2013)

– Evolutionary history, seascape genetics and speciation in elasmobranchs from the Gulf of California (Aug 2007-Nov 2011)

– Population study of the red urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus in the main catch areas from Pacific Coast of Baja California (Jul 2005-Feb 2007)

– Early juveniles’ recruitment of the California halibut to an estuarine system from Baja California (Jun 2005-Dec 2006)

– Populations structure, dynamic and molecular ecology of the mahi-mahi fishes (Coryphaena spp), in Mexican Pacific (May 2005-Dec 2006)

– Photosynthesis and photoprotection in Macrocystis pyrifera (May-Jul 2005)

– Genetic structure of five elasmobranches species in the Gulf of California and Baja California Pacific coast (Sep 2002-Mar 2005)

– Elasmobranches fisheries in Mexican Pacific Coast (1999-2002)


– Sandoval Castillo J, Beheregaray L (in preparation). Phylogeography, seascape genetics and speciation of angel shark Squatina californica

– Sandoval Castillo J, Beheregaray L (2017). Ecological speciation in an elasmobranch from the Gulf of California: the guitarfish genus Rhinobatos. In review

– Beheregaray LB, Pffeifer L, Attard CRM, Sandoval-Castillo J, Domingos FMCB, Faulks LK, Gilligan DM, Unmack PJ (2017) Genome-wide data delimits multiple climate-determined species ranges in a widespread Australian fish, the golden perch (Macquaria ambigua). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 111, 65-75.

– Unmack P, Sandoval-Castillo J, Hammer M, Adams M, Raadik T, Beheregaray LB (2017) Genome-wide SNPs resolve a key conflict between sequence and allozyme data to confirm another threatened candidate species of river blackfishes (Teleostei: Percichthyidae: Gadopsis). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109, 415-420.

– Sandoval-Castillo J, Attard CRM, Marri A , J. Brauer C, Möller LM, Beheregaray LB (2017)  SWINGER: a user-friendly computer program to establish captive breeding groups that minimize relatedness without pedigree information. Molecular Ecology Resources 17: 278–287.

– Teske PR, Sandoval-Castillo J, Waters JM, Beheregaray LB (2017) An overview of Australia’s temperate marine phylogeography, with new evidence from high-dispersal gastropods. Journal of Biogeography 44, 217–229. 

– Teske PR, Sandoval-Castillo J, van Sebille E, Waters JM, Beheregaray LB (2016) Oceanography promotes self-recruitment in a planktonic larval disperser. Scientific Reports 6:34205.

– Sandoval-Castillo J, Beheregaray LB (2015) Metapopulation structure informs conservation management in a heavily exploited coastal shark (Mustelus henlei). Marine Ecology Progress Series 533, 191-203

– Teske PR, Sandoval-Castillo J, Sasaki M, Beheregaray LB (2015) Invasion success of a habitat-forming marine invertebrate is limited by lower-than-expected dispersal ability. Marine Ecology Progress Series 536, 221-227

– Teske PR, Sandoval-Castillo J, van Sebille E, Waters JM, Beheregaray LB (2015) On-shelf larval retention limits population connectivity in a coastal broadcast spawner. Marine Ecology Progress Series 532, 1-12

– Teske PR, Sandoval-Castillo J, Waters JM, Beheregaray LB (2014) Can novel genetic analyses help to identify low-dispersal marine invasive species? Ecology and Evolution 14, 2848–2866

– Castillo-Páez A, Sosa-Nishizaki O, Sandoval-Castillo J, Galván-Magaña F,  Blanco-Parra M, Rocha-Olivares A (2014) Strong population structure and shallow mitochondrial phylogeny in the banded guitarfish, Zapteryx exasperata (Jordan & Gilbert, 1880), from the Northern Mexican Pacific Journal of Heredity 105, 91–100

– Ling HJ, Sandoval-Castillo J, Hammer MP, Beheregaray LB (2013) Development of microsatellite markers through 454 pyrosequencing for the river blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus)  Molecular Ecology Resources 13, 546-549

– Teske PR,  Sandoval-Castillo J, Fressigne L, Beheregaray LB (2013) Ten microsatellite loci from an undescribed South Pacific sea squirt, Pyura sp., and their use in the detection of non-random mating. Molecular Ecology Resources 13, 341–343

– Sandoval-Castillo J, Gardner MG, Beheregaray LB (2012) Rapid isolation of 14 microsatellite markers for Van Diemen’s siphon limpet Siphonaria diemenensisConservation Genetics Resources 4, 845-847

– Sandoval-Castillo J, Gardner MG, Beheregaray LB (2012) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers for the marine black nerite Nerita atramentosa: tools for assessment and design of marine protected areas. Conservation Genetics Resources 4, 625-627

– Sandoval Castillo J, Rocha Olivares A (2011) Deep mitochondrial divergence in Baja California populations of an aquilopelagic elasmobranch: the Golden Cownose Ray. Journal of Heredity 102(3),269–274

– Teske P, McLay C, Sandoval-Castillo J, Papadopoulos I, Newman B, Griffiths C, McQuaid C, Barker N, Borgonie G, Beheregaray L (2009) Tri-locus sequence data reject a ‘Gondwanan origin hypothesis’ for the African/South Pacific crab genus Hymenosoma. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53, 23-33

– Sandoval Castillo J, Villavicencio Garayzar C (2008) Fetal mummification in silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) in the Gulf of California. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology 51 (3), 551-554

– Sandoval Castillo J, Ramírez González J, Villavicencio Garayzar C (2008) First record of basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) in Mexico? Marine Biodiversity Records 1: e19 Published online: http://journalscambridgeorg/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=3528852&jid=MBD&volumeId=1&issueId=-1&aid=3528844#

– Rohca Olivares A, Bobadilla Jiménez M, Ortega García S, Saavedra Sotelo N, Sandoval Castillo J (2006) Mitochondrial variability of dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus populations in the Pacific Ocean. Ciencias Marinas 32(3), 569-578

– Sandoval Castillo J, Mariano Meléndez E, Villavicencio Garayzar C (2006) New record of albinism in elasmobranch fishes: the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier and the Pacific electric ray Narcine entemedor. Cybium 30 (2), 191-192

– Sandoval Castillo J, A Rocha Olivares, Villavicencio Garayzar C, Balard E (2004) Cryptic isolation of Gulf of California shovelnose guitarfish evidenced by mitochondrial DNA. Marine Biology 145: 983-988

– Ramírez González J, Villavicencio Garayzar C, Sandoval Castillo J (2004) Captura comercial de tiburones pelágicos en la Costa Occidental de Baja California Sur, México. IN: Lozano, V M L y B A J Contreras (eds) Homenaje al Doctor Andrés Reséndez Medina Un ictiólogo mexicano Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León México 316 pp

– Rocha Olivares A, Sandoval Castillo J (2003) Mitochondrial diversity and genetic structure in allopatric populations of the Pacific red snapper Lutjanus peru. Ciencias Marinas 29 (2), 197-209