Evolutionary Biology

We are interested in understanding the evolutionary processes by which life diversified. Our research lies in the intersection of ecology, development and evolutionary biology and approaches organisms' biology by explicitly considering evolutionary histories and their genetic and/or genomics, physiological and developmental determinants, and the interactions with the environment, and other organisms. Our work relies on genomics, population genetics, phylogenetics  and comparative and population studies to address life history evolution, behaviour, cooperation, physiology, predator-prey interactions, parasitism, and other interactions by means of a combination of field, experimental and lab oriented disciplines. Besides, by incorporating recent technological advances, our group is combining more traditional genetics with genomics to gain capacity in answering ecological or evolutionary questions and to facilitate the development of management and conservation plans of threatened species.

In conjunction with other research lines in our Institute (e.g., Ecology of plant-animal interactions) our research aims to provide a mainly empirical, but also potentially theoretical, anchor to other research lines in the EBD more concerned with aspects of ecology whose application in a real world should rely on a firmly grounded evolutionary framework (e.g., conservation of biodiversity, emerging diseases, biological invasions, wetland ecology).

Our specific objectives and study models are:

O1. Research related to evolutionary ecology, behavioural ecology and population dynamics in birds and its application to the conservation of endangered species

O2. Research on the processes that govern the evolution and ecological interactions in bats and its relation to conservation of biodiversity

O3. Studies on macro-physiological ranges of optimal thermal tolerances in amphibian communities of tropical and temperate areas, with the aim of determining their vulnerability to the impacts of global warming.

O4. Evolutionary Ecoloy and ant behaviour. Research on conceptual and methodological approaches in ecology, evolution and behaviour of ants (foraging strategies, evolution of reproduction strategies, invasive ants and interactions between plants and ants).

O5. Research on human behaviour, assessing  social adaptation problems (infants between 4 and 7 years old) in a family context.

Investigadores: Juan José Negro, Eduardo Aguilera, Elena Angulo, Xim Cerda, Ismael Galván, Francisco García, Laszlo Z Garamszegi, Carlos Ibáñez, Roger Jovani, Javier Juste , Jaime Potti, Tomás Redondo, Miguel Tejedo