José Manuel Serrano Serrano

Actual occupation: PhD Student
Institution: Universidad de Chile
Research on: Ecology of amphibians and acoustic communication of frogs

Educational Background:

2013 – Present. PhD. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Universidad de Chile. Dissertation title: “Relevance of vocal interactions in genetic recognition and social structure of Darwin’s frog”. Advisors: Mario Penna, Marco Méndez and Claudio Soto.

2006 – 2009. MSc, Instituto de Ecología A.C. (Mexico). Dissertation title: “Comunicación acústica de machos y hembras de Eleutherodactylus cystignathoides (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae) en el centro de Veracruz, Mexico”. Advisor: Gonzalo Halffter.

2001-2006. BSc, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Xochimiclo. Dissertation tittle: “Análisis especial de la distribución de los anfibios en Sinaloa, México”. Advisor: Cesar Berlanga Robles.

Research Interest: My research interests are related with the signal recognition in frogs, especially in species with female vocalization, using playback experiments, social network tools and genetic analysis I try to understand which ecological benefits are mediating the evolution of vocal signals. In addition, I am interested in the reproductive ecology and conservation of amphibian species with non-aquatic life histories.


Serrano J.M & Penna M. 2018. Sexual monomorphism in the advertisement calls of a neotropical frog. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 123: 388-301. 10.1093/biolinnean/blx141

Serrano J.M. 2016. El canto de anuncio de la rana endémica del Pedregal de la ciudad de México. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87 (2): 535-539. 10.1016/j.rmb.2016.03.003

Serrano, J.M., Ruiz-Luna, A. & Berlanga-Robles,C.A. 2014. High amphibian diversity related to unexpected environmental values in a biogeographic transitional area in north-western Mexico. Contrib. Zool. 83 (2): 151-166. [download file]

Serrano J. M. 2011. Is prevention of water pollution and eutrophication the best option to ensure axolotl survival in its natural environment? Salamandra 47: 45-49. [download file]



Awards and Associations: Medalla al Mérito Académico, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana; Conservation Leadership Programme; Beca CONICYT 63130134.

Further information: Other interest, human communication & poetry.