I am broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of plants. My main focus of research is on the rapid evolution of locally adapted traits of invasive species across broad biogeographical scales, with a special focus on reproduction and reproductive systems.
Currently, the main study systems of my group are Centaurea species (Centaurea solstitialis, C. calcitrapa and C. sulphurea). Biogeographic comparisons of closely related invasive and non-invasive species provide novel insights into invasive ecology. My work exemplifies how even non-invasive exotic species are adapting constantly to their non-native ranges, and that many of the trait-shifts detected between native and non-native ranges of invasive species are frequently found also for less successful non-invasive exotics. Our results suggest that local adaptation and reproductive isolation can occur at fastest rates than it was previously thought, and might have broad biogeographic implications for the understanding of allopatry and speciation processes.
I have also worked with reproductive and dispersal ecology of invasive acacia trees (Acacia dealbata and A. longifolia), ecophysiology and reproductive trade-offs of the masting dioecious mountain trees Juniperus thurifera, and reproductive and conservation ecology of the highly endemic endangered herb Silene diclinis.
I am the Editor-in-Chief of Web Ecology the journal of the European Ecological Federation-EEF. I am Secretary of the Board of the Portuguese Ecological Society-SPECO, and a member of the Spanish Terrestrial Ecological Association-AEET. You can follow me on Twitter @plant_ecology.