Plant Ecology 
Plant-Insect Interactions in the Tropics

Since 2000, our laboratory’s research is devoted to the study of plant ecology and especially on single and multiple plant-insect interactions, including mutualistic and antagonistic relationships, such as: pollination (plant-pollinator and heterospecific pollen networks), seed-dispersal, herbivory, and plant-herbivores-parasitoids interactions. We adopted an evolutionary-ecological perspective in order to understand how biotic interactions evolve. Recently we have been working with plant-plant competition and facilitation at community level and plant local adaptation to insect interactions, using ambitious field experiments at large geographical scales, as well as molecular tools. Additionally, we are generating ecological information that could be use for: forest management, conservation of costal sand dunes, endangered and endemic plant species, crop pollination, and programs to control invasive plant species.

We are lucky because we have several friends as collaborators. We have ongoing projects and collaborations with: Carlos Herrera and Conchita Alonso (Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Spain). Fabian Vargas Mendoza (ENCB, IPN, México); Luis Abdala-Roberts (UADY, México), Xoaquin Moreira, (CSIC-Galicia Spain), Kailen Mooney, (University of California, USA); Tia-Lynn Ashman (University of Pittsburgh, USA); Gerardo Arceo,(East Tennessee University, USA); Miguel Munguia Rosas CINVESTAV (México), and Robert Raguso (Cornell, USA)

Update: July /2017