MEDEL Rodrigo

  • Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Community ecology, Evolutionary ecology, Facilitation & Mutualism, Host-parasite interactions, Interaction networks, Pollination
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I got my PhD from Catholic University of Chile in 1993. Since then I have been interested in questions related to plant-animal interactions with emphasis on mutualistic (pollination, seed dispersal) and antagonist (floral herbivory, host-parasite) interactions. I often set my research in a coevolutionary framework to understand the way contemporary and historical processes have molded the origin and unfolding of ecological interactions. In my research I use a series of methodological approaches, including field experiments, natural selection estimates, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, quantitative genetics and phylogenetic analyses, among others.

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Environmental variables determining the distribution of an avian parasite: the case of the Philornis torquans complex (Diptera: Muscidae) in South America
Pablo F. Cuervo, Alejandro Percara, Lucas Monje, Pablo M. Beldomenico, MartĂ­n A. Quiroga

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Catching the fly in dystopian times

Host-parasite interactions are ubiquitous on Earth. They are present in almost every conceivable ecosystem and often result from a long history of antagonist coevolution [1,2]. Recent studies on climate change have revealed, however, that modification of abiotic variables are often accompanied by shifts in the distributional range of parasites to habitats far beyond their original geographical distribution, creating new interactions in novel habitats with unpredictable consequences for host comm...


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