Dr. Valeria Montano

Most of my research revolves around investigating spatio-temporal patterns of intra-specific evolution, with particular emphasis on neutral processes shaping genetic variation in natural populations. My work has been almost entirely focussed on empirical case studies of different species, from humans to bacteria, but also birds and beetles. While keeping an interest in methodological developments, such as non-parametric statistics and coalescent models, I am mainly interested in applying the most up-to-date statistical methods to dissect empirical da-tasets.
At the DEE, I am involved as a contributor in extending an individual-based simulator (quantiNemo) in order to implement the simulation of gametic dispersal. The project I am developing with my extension explores demographic dynamics of range expansion in plant populations in relation with different reproductive modes, i.e. hermaphroditism versus dioecy.


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