Borja Milá

Research ScientistMuseo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC Biodiversidad y Biologia Evolutiva

Senior Research FellowUCLA Center for Tropical Research

Phone: +34 914111328 x1285
Fax: +34 915645078


Biodiversidad y Biologia Evolutiva
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC
Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2
28006 Madrid, Spain

Selected Publications

Arbeláez-Cortés, E., B. Milá, A. G. Navarro-Sigüenza. 2014. Multilocus analysis of intraspecific differentiation in three endemic bird species from the northern Neotropical dry forest. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 70:362-377.

Bertrand, J. A. M., Y. X. Bourgeois, B. Delahaie, T. Duval, R. García-Jiménez, J. Cornuault, P. Heeb, B. Milá, B. Pujol, C. Thébaud. 2014. Extremely reduced dispersal and gene flow in an island bird. Heredity 112:190-196.

Cornuault, J., J. Bertrand, B. Warren, B. Milá, C. Thébaud, P. Heeb. 2013. Timing and number of colonizations but not diversification rates affect diversity patterns in hemosporidian lineages on a remote oceanic archipelago. American Naturalist 182:820-833.

Horreo, J. L., C. Palacín, J. C. Alonso, B. Milá. 2013. A link between historical population decline in the threatened great bustard and human expansion in Iberia: evidence from genetic and demographic data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 110(3):518-527.

Milá, B., Y. Surget-Groba, B. Heulin, A. Gosá, P. S. Fitze. 2013. Multilocus phylogeography of the common lizard Zootoca vivipara at the Ibero-Pyrenean suture zone reveals lowland barriers and high-elevation introgression. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:192.

Bourgeois, Y. X. C., E. Lhuillier, T. Cézard, J. A. M. Bertrand, B. Delahaie, J. Cornuault, T. Duval, O. Bouchez, B. Milá, C. Thébaud. 2013. Mass production of SNP markers in a nonmodel passerine bird through RAD sequencing and contig mapping to the zebra finch genome. Molecular Ecology Resources 13(5):899-907.

Aleixandre, P., J. Hérnandez-Montoya, B. Milá. 2013. Speciation on oceanic islands: rapid adaptive divergence vs. cryptic speciation in a Guadalupe Island songbird (Aves: Junco). PLOS ONE 8(5):e63242.

Cornuault, J., A. Khimoun, R. J. Harrigan, Y. Bourgeois, B. Milá, C. Thébaud, P. Heeb. 2013. The role of ecology in the geographical separation of blood parasites infecting an insular bird. Journal of Biogeography 40(7):1313-1323.

Horreo, J. L., J. C. Alonso, B. Milá. 2013. Identification of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered great bustard (Otis tarda) by high-throughput sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources 5(2):549-551.

Peterson, M.P., M. Abolins-Abols, J.W. Atwell, R.J. Rice, B. Milá, E.D. Ketterson. 2013. Variation in candidate genes CLOCK and ADCYAP1 does not consistently predict differences in migratory behavior in the songbird genus Junco. F1000Research 2:115.

Bourgeois, Y., J. A.M. Bertrand, C. Thébaud, B. Milá. 2012. Investigating the role of the Melanocortin-1 receptor gene in an extreme case of microgeographical variation in the pattern of melanin-based plumage pigmentation. PLOS ONE 7(12):e50906.

Cornuault, J., A. Bataillard, B. Warren, A. Lootvoet, P. Mirleau, T. Duval, B. Milá, C. Thébaud, P. Heeb. 2012. The role of immigration and in-situ radiation in explaining blood parasite assemblages in an island bird clade. Molecular Ecology 21:1438-1452.

Barrera-Guzmán, A. O., B. Milá, L. A. Sánchez-González, A. G. Navarro-Sigüenza. 2012. Speciation in an avian complex endemic to the mountains of Middle America (Ergaticus, Aves: Parulidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62(3):907-920.

Oliveras de Ita, A., T. B. Smith, R. K. Wayne, K. Oyama Nakagawa, B. Milá. 2012. Genetic evidence for recent range fragmentation and severely restricted dispersal in the critically endangered Sierra Madre sparrow Xenospiza baileyi. Conservation Genetics 13:283-291.

De la Hera, I., D. DeSante, B. Milá. 2012. Feather growth rate and mass in Nearctic passerines with a variable migratory behavior and molt pattern. The Auk 129(2):222-230.

Bertrand, J. A. M., R. García-Jiménez, Y. Bourgeois, T. Duval, P. Heeb, C. Thébaud, B. Milá. 2012. Isolation and characterization of twelve polymorphic microsatellite loci for investigating an extreme case of microgeographical variation in an island bird (Zosterops borbonicus). Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(2):323-326.

Milá, B., D. P. L. Toews, T. B. Smith, R. K. Wayne. 2011. A cryptic contact zone between divergent mtDNA lineages in southwestern North America supports past introgressive hybridisation in the yellow-rumped warbler complex (Aves: Dendroica coronata). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 103:696-706.

Brelsford, A., B. Milá, D. Irwin. 2011. Hybrid origin of Audubon’s warbler. Molecular Ecology, 20(11):2380-2389.

Smith, T.B., H. A. Thomassen, A. Freedman, R. Sehgal, W. Buermann, S. Saatchi, J. Pollinger, B. Milá, D. Pires, G. Valkiunas, R. K. Wayne. 2011. Patterns of divergence in the olive sunbird Cyanomitra olivacea (Aves: Nectariniidae) across the African rainforest-savanna ecotone. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 103:821-835.

Thomassen, H. A., T. Fuller, W. Buermann, B. Milá, C. M. Kieswetter, P. A. Menéndez-Guerrero, C. H. Graham, S. E. Cameron, J. Chan, E. Mason, R. Schweizer, J. Schlunegger, C. J. Schneider, O. Wang, M. Peralvo, J. P. Pollinger, S. Saatchi, R. K. Wayne, T. B. Smith. 2011. Mapping evolutionary process: a multi-taxa approach to conservation prioritization. Evolutionary Applications, 4(2):397-413.

Milá, B., B. H. Warren, P. Heeb, C. Thébaud. 2010. The geographic scale of diversification on islands: genetic and morphological divergence at a very small spatial scale in the Mascarene grey white-eye (Aves: Zosterops borbonicus). BMC Evolutionary Biology,10:158.

Milá, B., S. Carranza, O. Guillaume and J. Clobert. 2010. Marked genetic structuring and extreme dispersal limitation in the Pyrenean brook newt Calotriton asper (Amphibia: Salamandridae) revealed by genome-wide AFLP but not mtDNA. Molecular Ecology, 19:108-120.

Thomassen, H. A., W. Buermann, B. Milá, C. H. Graham, S. E. Cameron, C. J. Schneider, J. P. Pollinger, S. Saatchi, R. K. Wayne and T. B. Smith. 2010. Modeling environmentally associated morphological and genetic variation in a rainforest bird, and its application to conservation prioritization. Evolutionary Applications, 3(1):1-16.

Milá, B., R. K. Wayne, P. S. Fitze and T. B. Smith. 2009. Divergence with gene flow and fine-scale phylogeographic structure in the wedge-billed woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus, a Neotropical rainforest bird. Molecular Ecology.

Bonneaud, C., I. Sepil, B. Milá, W. Buermann, J. P. Pollinger, R. N. M. Sehgal, G. Valkiūnas, T. A. Iezhova, S. Saatchi and T. B. Smith. 2009. The prevalence of avian Plasmodium is higher in undisturbed tropical forests of Cameroon. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 25:439-447.

Milá, B., R. K. Wayne and T. B. Smith. 2008. Ecomorphology of migratory and sedentary populations of the yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata). Condor 110(2):335-344.

Smith, T.B., B. Milá,  G. Grether, H. Slabbekoorn, I. Sepil, W. Buermann, S. Saatchi and J. P. Pollinger. 2008. Evolutionary consequences of human disturbance in a rainforest bird species from Central Africa, Molecular Ecology.

Brown, D. M., R. A. Brenneman, N. J. Georgiadis, K. P. Koepfli, J. P. Pollinger, B. Milá, E. E. Louis Jr., G. F. Grether, D. K. Jacobs and R. K. Wayne . 2007. Extensive genetic structure in the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis). BMC Biology.

Milá, B., J. E. McCormack, G. Castañeda, R. K. Wayne  and T. B. Smith. 2007. Recent postglacial range expansion drives the rapid diversification of a songbird lineage in the genus Junco. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B Biological Sciences274:2653-2660.

Milá, B., T. B. Smith and R. K. Wayne. 2007. Speciation and rapid phenotypic differentiation in the yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata) complex. Molecular Ecology 16: 159-173.

Milá, B., T. B. Smith, R. K. Wayne. 2006. Postglacial population expansion drives the evolution of long-distance migration in a songbird. Evolution 60(11): 2403-2409.

Milá, B. and C. Bardeleben. 2005. Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for the wedge-billed woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus. Molecular Ecology Notes, 5:844-845. Click here for full text

Hobson, K.A., L. I. Wassenaar, B. Milá, I. Lovette, C. Dingle, T. B. Smith. 2003. Stable isotopes as indicators of altitudinal distributions and movements in an Ecuadorean hummingbird community. Oecologia, 136(2):302-308. Click here for full text

Outlaw, D.C., G. Voelker, B. Milá, D. J. Girman. 2003. Evolution of long-distance migration and historical biogeography of Catharus thrushes: A molecular phylogenetic aproach. The Auk, 120(2):299-310. Click here for full text

Kimura, M., S. M. Clegg, I. J. Lovette, K. R. Holder, D. J. Girman, B. Milá, P. Wade, T. B. Smith. 2002. Phylogeographical approaches to assessing demographic connectivity between breeding and overwintering regions in a Nearctic-Neotropical warbler (Wilsonia pusilla). Molecular Ecology 11:1605-1616. Click here for full text

Milá, B., D.J. Girman, M. Kimura, T.B. Smith. 2000. Genetic evidence for the effect of a post-glacial population expansion on the phylogeography of a North American songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 267:1033-1040. Click here for full text

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