Adolfo Cordero Laboratory
We have an ongoing collaboration since several years, on diverse topics related to sexual selection of odonates, with Alex Córdoba
México) and Carlo Utzeri (University of Rome, Italy).
We are also collaborating with Eric Svensson
and Bengt Hanson
(University of Lund, Sweden) for the study of female colour polymorphism
in Ischnura elegans
and I. graellsii
Further, we collaborate withDavid Thompson
and Phill Watts
(University of Liverpool, UK) on population genetics and conservation ofCoenagrion mercuriale, Macromia splendens
, Macromia splendens , Macromia splendens and Oxygastra curtisii
To study the reproductive behaviour of two endemic Cuban odonates we have a collaboration with Adrián Trapero and Yusdiel Torres,
from the University of Oriente
, Santiago de Cuba (Cuba).
In 2008 we worked on Peruvian rainforest studying behaviour of Polythore
, with Chris Beatty
(now at Santa Clara Univ., California),
Joachim Hoffmann (ALAUDA, Germany),Tom Sherratt
(University of Carleton, Canada) and Hans Van Gossum
(University of Antwerp, Belgium).
Over many years we have worked on the population ecology, and biological control of the Eucalyptus weevil, Gonipterus scutellatus.
We have also worked intensively on the conservation ecology and genetics of the European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis.
· Velo-Antón, G., Godinho, R., Ayres, C., Ferrand, N., and Cordero Rivera, A. 2007. Assignment tests applied to relocate individuals
of unknown origin in a threatened species, the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis)
Our main topic of research is the evolutionary ecology of damselflies. We have worked intensively with Ischnura and Calopteryx. Of
special mention is our confirmation of the first case of parthenogenesis in odonates, the Azorean populations of Ischnura hastata.
Other research lines are focused to study mutualistic interactions between animals and plants, the reproductive ecology of plants
and ecological invasions.
Adolfo Cordero, Head of the laboratory.
At a stream, habitat of Protoneura capillaris in Cuba. May 2007
Adolfo Cordero at the National Park Pacaya-Samiria, Amazonian forest of Perú. June 2008