Mauro Galetti visiting Sevilla
Mauro Galetti is visiting us during March. We will be working on collaboration projects with fleshy fruits characteristics, specifically with Mata Atlantica species. We are also preparing the next frugivory and seed dispersal course in Brazil for next May-June. Our collaboration now has support from a bilateral agreement between Brazilian CNPq and Spanish CSIC. You can find more details about our shared interest in the web page.
Alfredo Valido will join our group, starting Jan 2004, with a post-doc Marie Curie Fellowship from the EU and an i3P contract from CSIC. These grants are for a 3-yr period. We’ll be doing research on Canary Island fleshy fruits and seed dispersers, chiefly comparisons of fruit traits of congeners in the islands and the Iberian Peninsula. We are planning a major update for the FRUBASE database, and additional research on dispersal patterns by Canary Island giant lizards.
Phylogeography of Frangula alnus
Our manuscript “Hampe, A., J. Arroyo, P. Jordano, and R.J. Petit. 2003. Rangewide phylogeography of a bird-dispersed Eurasian shrub: contrasting Mediterranean and temperate glacial refugia” is now tentatively accepted for Molecular Ecology vol. 12, pending minor changes.
New research projects for the next 3 years
Both Jordi and myself just received the approval of our new projects for the next 3 years by the spanish Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnologia. This is great news. These projects will keep our two main research lines on landscape patterns of gene flow via seed dispersal by frugivorous animals and on complex networks of interaction (food webs and mutualistic, plant-animal interaction webs).