Evolutionary Ecology Research

"While curiosity-driven research can sometimes lead unexpectedly to major discoveries –antibiotics, genetics, the Internet –squeezed budgets and funding pressures often make it tough to justify work on knowledge for knowledge's sake"

Juan Diego Gaitán-Espitia


  • My research interests are related to the genetic-functional relationships that exist between physiological and life-history traits in different biological models. Moreover, I am particularly interested in the understanding of adaptive evolution of physiological traits along environmental gradients and in response to anthropogenetic change such climate change, and ocean acidification. Technically, I focus on the interaction of quantitative genetic (phenotypic level), and molecular approaches (proteomics, transcriptomics, genomics). My research is oriented to explore the potential and limitations of the organisms to respond to natural selection, particularly the trade-offs associated with the allocation of energy in various functions.

  • Phenotypic plasticity and evolution of physiological traits.
  • Comparative environmental physiology of ectotherms to thermal variation and climate change.
  • Metazoan evolution and mitochondrial genomics.
  • Functional Genomics: linking genotype to phenotype
  • How does the environment influence the expression of genetic variation that underpins adaptation?
  • How important is sex-specific adaptation to evolutionary responses to environmental change?


2012 PhD. Ecology and Evolution. Universidad Austral de Chile. (Dr. Roberto Nespolo Rossi and Dr. Juan C. Opazo)

2006 M.Sc. Marine Science and Technologies, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canarias. Spain.

2004 BSc. Marine Biology. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Colombia


Reviews for Scientific Journals

** Biology Letters,

** Methods in Ecology & Evolution

** BMC Evolutionary Biology

** Journal of Experimental Biology

** Ecology and Evolution

** Scientific Reports

** Molecular Ecology

** Aquaculture

** Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology

** Marine Ecology Progress Series MEPS


Address: School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, SAR, China

Email: juadiegaitan et gmail dot com