You can see here my scientific publications. Also available in researchgate:













Journals - Index:

Font, E., García-Roa, R., Pincheira-Donoso, D., & Carazo, P. (2019). Rethinking the effects of body size on the study of brain size evolution (in press). Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 93, 182-195.

Baeckens, S., Llusia, D. García-Roa, R., & Martín, J. (2019). Lizard calls convey honest information on body size and bite performance: a role in predator deterrence? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology ,73, 87.

García-Roa, R., Chirinos, V., & Carazo, P. (2019). The ecology of sexual conflict: temperature variation in the social environment can drastically modulate male harm to females. Functional Ecology, 33, 681-692.

García-Roa, R., Serra, M., & Carazo, P. (2018). Ageing via perception costs of reproduction magnifies sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1892), 20182136.

Jara, M., Frias-De-Diego, A., García-Roa, R., Saldarriaga-Córdoba, M., Harvey, L. P., Hickcox, R. P., & Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2018). The macroecology of chemical communication in lizards: do climatic factors drive the evolution of signalling glands?. Evolutionary Biology,

García-Roa, R., Sáiz, J., Gómara, B., López, P., & Martín, J. How to tackle chemical communication? Relative proportions vs. semi-quantitative determination of compounds in lizard chemical secretions. Ecology and Evolution, 8 (4), 2032-2040.


García-Roa, R., Megía-Palma, R., Ortega, J., Jara, M., López, P., & Martín, J. (2017). Interpopulational and seasonal variation in the chemical signals of the lizard Gallotia galloti. PeerJ, 5, e3992.

Baeckens, S., Martín, J., García-Roa, R., & Van Damme, R. (2017). Sexual selection and the chemical signal design of lacertid lizards. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, zlx075,


Pincheira-Donoso, D., Jara, M., Reaney, A., García-Roa, R., Saldarriaga-Córdoba, M. & Hodgson, D.J. (2017). Hypoxia and hypothermia as rival agents of selection driving the evolution of viviparity in lizards. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 26:1238–1246.


García-Roa, R., & Carazo, P. (2017). Digest: Chemical communication and sexual selection in lizards. Evolution, 71, 2535-2536.

Carazo, P., García-Roa, R., Sultanova, Z., & Serra, M. (2017). Perception costs of reproduction can magnify sexual selection. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(10), 1414.


Baeckens, S., García-Roa, R., Martín, J., & Van Damme, R. (2017). The Role of Diet in Shaping the Chemical Signal Design of Lacertid Lizards. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43(9), 902-910.

Baeckens, S., Martín, J., García-Roa, R., Pafilis, P., Huyghe, K., & Van Damme, R. (2017). Environmental conditions shape the chemical signal design of lizards. Functional Ecology, 00:1–15.


García-Roa, R., Jara, M., Baeckens, S., López, P., Van Damme, R., Martín, J., & Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2017). Macroevolutionary diversification of glands for chemical communication in squamate reptiles. Scientific Reports, 7, 9288. 

Sáiz, J., García-Roa, R., Martín, J., & Gómara, B. (2017). Fast, sensitive, and selective gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method for the target analysis of chemical secretions from femoral glands in lizards. Journal of Chromatography A, 1514, 110-119.

García-Roa, R., Sáiz, J., Gómara, B., López, P., & Martín, J. Dietary constraints can preclude the expression of an honest chemical sexual signal. Scientific Reports, 7, 6073.

Baeckens, S., García‐Roa, R., Martín, J., Ortega, J., Huyghe, K., & Van Damme, R. (2017). Fossorial and durophagous: implications of molluscivory for head size and bite capacity in a burrowing worm lizard. Journal of Zoology, 301, 193-205.

García-Roa, R., Jara, M., López, P., Martín, J. & Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2017). Heterogeneous tempo and mode of evolutionary diversification of chemical compounds in lizard chemical signals. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 1286-1296.

García-Roa, R., Llusia, D., López, P., & Martín, J. (2017). First evidence of sound production in the genus Iberolacerta Arribas, 1997 (Squamata: Sauria: lacertidae). Herpetozoa, 29, 175-181

García-Roa, R., Carreira, S., López, P., & Martín, J. (2016). Genders matters: Sexual differences in chemical signals of Liolaemus wiegmannii lizards (Iguania, Liolaemidae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 69, 108-114.

García-Roa, R., Cabido, C., López, P., & Martín, J. (2016). Interspecific differences in chemical composition of femoral gland secretions between two closely related wall lizard species, Podarcis bocagei and Podarcis carbonelli. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 64, 105-110.

Martín, J., Garrido, M., Ortega, J., García-Roa, R., Ibáñez, A., & Marzal, A. (2016). Absence of haemoparasite infection in the fossorial amphisbaenian Trogonophis wiegmanni. Parasitology, 143, 1433–1436.

Megía-Palma, R., Martínez, J., Nasri, I., Cuervo, J. J., Martín, J., Acevedo, I., Belliure, J., Ortega, J., García-Roa, R., Slaheddine, S., & Merino, S. (2016). Phylogenetic relationships of Isospora, Lankesterella, and Caryospora species (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) infecting lizards. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 16, 275–288.

García-Roa, R., Iglesias-Carrasco, M., Garín-Barrio, I., & Cabido, C. (2015). Communal oviposition of Iberolacerta aurelioi (Squamata: Lacertidae) in the Spanish Pyrenees. Salamandra, 51, 61–62.

Megía‐Palma, R., Martínez, J., Acevedo, I., Martín, J., García‐Roa, R., Ortega, J., ... & Sinervo, B. R. (2015). Phylogeny of the reptilian Eimeria: are Choleoeimeria and Acroeimeria valid generic names?. Zoologica Scripta, 44, 684–692.

Martín, J., García-Roa, R., Ortega, J., López, P., Pérez-Cembranos, A., León, A., ... & Pérez-Mellado, V. (2015). Occurrence and ecological aspects of the two-fingered skink Chalcides mauritanicus in the Chafarinas Islands in North Africa. African Journal of Herpetology, 64, 67–79.

García-Roa, R., Recuero, E., & Mas-Peinado, P. (2015). Rapid color change to blue in metamorphic Discoglossus scovazzi (Camerano, 1878). Herpetozoa, 28, 106–109.

García-Roa, R., Sunyer, J., Fernández-Loras, A., & Bosch, J. (2014). First record of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Nicaragua. The Herpetological Journal, 24, 65–68.

Sunyer, J., García-Roa, R., & Townsend, J. H. (2013). First country record of Norops wermuthi Köhler & Obermeier, 1998, for Honduras. Herpetozoa, 26, 103–106.

Journals - no index:

García-Roa, R., & Martín, J. (2016). Xantismo en la culebrilla mora (Trogonophis wiegmanni) en las Islas Chafarinas (NW África). Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española, 27, 12-14.

García-Roa, R., Iglesias, M., Gosá, A., & Cabido, C. (2015). Podarcis muralis (Common Wall Lizard). Communal nesting.Herpetological Review, 46, 435–436.

García-Roa, R., Sunyer, J., Fernández-Loras, A., & Bosch, J. (2015). Bd in Nicaragua: Confirmation of the Inevitable. Froglog, 113, 43.

García-Roa, R., Ortega, J., López, P., & Martín, J. (2015). Coloración atípica en una hembra de Iberolacerta cyreni en la Sierra de Guadarrama (Madrid). Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española, 26, 8–10.

García-Roa, R., Ortega, J., López, P., Civantos, E., & Martín, J. (2014). Revisión de la distribución y abundancia de la herpetofauna en las Islas Chafarinas: datos históricos vs. tendencias poblacionales. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española, 25, 55–62.

Lozano-Del Campo, A., & García-Roa, R. (2014). Predation behavior with individuals aggregation on streetlights in Tarentola mauritanica (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Southern Spain. Biharean Biologist, 8, 120–121.

García-Roa, R., & Sunyer, J. (2014). Ocular anomaly in Rhinella marina (Anura: Bufonidae) from Cerro Jesús, Nueva Segovia, northern Nicaragua. Biharean Biologist, 8, 60–61.

García-Roa, R., Aroca, M. & de Blas, R. (2013). Podarcis hispanicus (Iberian Wall Lizard). PREDATION.  Herpetological Review, 44, 147.

García-Roa, R. & Sunyer, J. (2012). New records for the distribution of Gymnophthalmus speciosus (Hallowell, 1861) (Squamata, Gymnophthalmidae) in Nicaragua. Herpetology Notes, 5, 539–542.

García-Roa, R.,& Sainz, P. (2012). Un caso de xantismo en larvas de Pelobates cultripes en la Península Ibérica. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española, 23, 14–16

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