Laboratory of Evolutionary and Conservation Ecology

Adolfo Cordero, Head of the laboratory. At a stream, habitat of Protoneura capillaris in Cuba. May 2007.
We are currently working on Sexual selection, using Odonates as model organisms. Other topics of interest are the evolution of female colour polymorphism, pest ecology and conservation biology. We are currently involved in several projects that use odonates as model organisms, and teach Ecology and Conservation Biology for Forestry students.

Current collaborations

  • We have an ongoing collaboration since several years, on diverse topics related to sexual selection of odonates, with Alex Córdoba (UNAM, 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 with David Thompson (University of Liverpool, UK) and Phillip C.  Watts (University of Liverpool, UK/University of Oulu, Finland) on population genetics and conservation of Coenagrion mercuriale, Macromia splendens, Macromia splendens, Macromia splendens and Oxygastra curtisii.


  • To study the reproductive behaviour of two endemic Cuban odonates (Hypotestes, Microneura/Protoneuridae) 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).
Adolfo Cordero at the National Park Pacaya-Samiria, Amazonian forest of Perú. June 2008.
Adolfo Cordero at the National Park Pacaya-Samiria, Amazonian forest of Perú. June 2008.


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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.


More recently we were involved in the study of the population tendences and conservation of the amphibians inhabiting small off-shore islands in the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galiza.


Our main topic of research is the evolutionary ecology of damselflies. We have worked intensively with Ischnuraand 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.
Selected publications:

Lab members

María Calviño Cancela
María Calviño CancelaPost-Doc
Líneas de investigación:

Interacciones mutualistas animal-planta
Ecología de regeneración de plantas
Invasiones biológicas

Guillermo Velo-Antón
Guillermo Velo-AntónPost-Doc
Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
M. Olalla Lorenzo-Carballa
M. Olalla Lorenzo-CarballaPost-Doc
Líneas de investigación:

Partenogénesis en Ischnura hastata

Maruxa Álvarez
Maruxa ÁlvarezPost-Doc
Líneas de investigación:

Ecología funcional de ríos: Biología, dinámica y regulación de poblaciones de organismos.
Gestión de recursos de ecosistemas acuáticos.

Sandra Nieto Román
Sandra Nieto RománPost-Doc
Mónica Azpilicueta Amorín
Mónica Azpilicueta AmorínPhD Student
Dalia Ivette Galicia Mendoza
Dalia Ivette Galicia MendozaPhD Student
Función de los signa en la mariposa Callophrys xami. 
Rosa Ana Sánchez-Guillén
Rosa Ana Sánchez-GuillénPhD Student
Líneas de investigación:

Barreras de aislamiento
Biología de la conservación de insectos.

Genaro da Silva Méndez
Genaro da Silva MéndezPhD Student

Other research lines