Research in the lab aims to understand the mechanisms behind the rapid speciation processes that produce high species richness in specific areas. Combining classical taxonomy with an array of modern molecular techniques, our research focuses in three main, complementary lines: (i) understanding to what extent geological factors drive speciation using islands as models, (ii) characterizing the morphological variation associated with rapid diversifications, and (iii) the applications of DNA metabarcoding in combination with high-throughput sequencing
Plants used by alfalfa leafcutter bees
This project aims to identify the diversity of plant species used by the solitary bee Megachile rotundata to construct their nests and feed their larvae.
Micromeria (Lamiaceae) in the Canary Islands
This project tries to understand the influence of the islands' geological history and inter-island colonization on the diversification of insular taxa using genus Micromeria (Lamiaceae) in the Canary Islands as an example.
Taxonomy of Calceolaria (Calceolariaceae)
Calceolaria is a diverse genus with ca. 250 species distributed from Central Mexico to Chile and Southern Argentina...