About me

IMG_2399I am a plant biologist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), specially interested in the ecological, geographical and historical factors that influence species and gene diversities at different spatial scales. I’ve spent the last five years studying the climatic history of cloud forest species in the northern Neotropics, focusing on the demographic history, population genetics and ecology of  scaly tree ferns (Cyatheaceae). Together with several colleagues, I’m currently studying the relationship between population genetic structure, ecological niches, morphological evolution and species diversification in tree ferns. For this, we are studying different aspects of tree fern evolution: genetic structure within and among populations, species diversification rates among lineages, community composition, ecological and morphological evolution, distribution patterns and the presence of cryptic lineages. I’m also collaborating with other colleagues actively addressing these questions in other biological systems including plants and animals, but with a particular emphasis on recently diversified groups of plants in the Neotropics. Currently, I’m involved in a project dealing with the systematics, spatial genetics, species diversification and morphological evolution in loranth mistletoes (Loranthaceae). I’m also part of a collaborative effort to understand the temporal and spatial patterns of extant species diversification in the families of flowering plants.