Rey Jaime I Award, Environmental Sciences


 

I’m very honored with being awarded the Rey Jaime I Award in Environmental Sciences this year. I was surprised with the decision of the jury during my stay in Brazil during this year’s Ciência Sem Fronteiras stay. It was great to have many, many messages with support and congratulations from many colleagues. My sincere thanks to all them!

I’m very happy with the award, as it aids supporting conservation efforts in the natural areas where I do my field work: Cazorla, Doñana, Alcornocales, Islas Canarias.

University of Sevilla PhD award for Francisco Rodríguez

The University of Sevilla has awarded Francisco Rodríguez with the PhD Excellence Award, 2012. Paco carried out his PhD project in the lab, working on dispersal ecology of Laurus nobilis. Big congratulations Paco!!!

Last papers

Last papers: “Our last papers have appeared in Molecular Ecology Resources, dealing with the description of new DNA microsatellite markers for Frangula alnus and Rhamnus alaternus (Rhamnaceae), two species we study in Los Alcornocales area. The next related paper will describe the markers for Neochamaelea pulverulenta (Cneoraceae). These works are largely the result of efforts by our technicians JuanMi Arroyo and Cristina Rigueiro.”

(Via Weblog de Pedro.)

Moving to new building

Moving to a new building

It has been a long time since my last post here… We are now in a new house: at Isla de La Cartuja. Much better in terms of functionality and space but without the lovely charm of Pabellon del Perú. We moved to the Pabellon in April 1984, so it’s been a long time there.

Kimberly

Kimberly arrived

Kimberly Holbrook arrived today. She will be here with a post-doc contract (Juan de la Cierva post-doc from the Spanish Minsterio de Educación), working on seed dispersal patterns of tropical species compared to temperate species. What we want to do is to assess comparatively the long-distance dispersal patterns mediated by tropical and non-tropical frugivores.

Updates

Web page updates

I’ve updated the web page with new information about the research lines at the lab, projects, and personnel. This includes brief descriptions of the main research lines, collaborations, etc. All are accesible from the Research web page under Research Lines.

PhD thesis defense by Jofre Carnicer

Jofre Carnicer defended his thesis at Universitat Auntónoma de Barcelona. The thesis is entitled: “Species richness, interaction networks, and diversification in bird communities: a synthetic ecological and evolutionary perspective”. He addresses large-scale patterns of species diversity and interactions for passerine bird species, taking case studies with the North American avifauna, the bird fauna of Catalonia, and frugivorous birds in SW Spain. The defense went very well and he has already published or has in press manuscripts of several chapters. Congratulations Jofre for an excellent work!