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Anahí Espíndola

Research interests | Curriculum vitae

Research interests

I am a post-doc at the Department of Ecology and Evolution since 2011. I am interested in all factors defining and influencing the temporal, spatial and demographic dynamics of species participating in biological interactions.
During my PhD at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), I worked on the comparative phylogeographies of obligate and specific mutualistic and antagonistic interactions. I have the chance to work on phylogeography, a relatively new and very open-minded area of study. This is how during my career -besides learning several techniques on phylogeography- I could collaborate with different extremely motivated and competent scientists, from whom I acquired knowledge on ecological-niche modeling (Loïc Pellissier) and the potentialities they can provide when combined with genetic data (Bryan Carstens), on more phylogenetic, systematical (Jan Jezek ; Verner Michelsen) and biogeographical topics (Sven Buerki), and on purely ecological and biological topics related to interactions (Marc Gibernau).
Currently, I am interested in the use of next-generation sequencing technology on the investigation of the (co)phylogeography of European plant-insect interactions. My research focuses on two mutualistic, specific and obligate interactions happening on the Eurasian continent:
i) the nursery pollination interaction present between the globeflower (Trollius europaeus) and its Anthomyiids pollinators of genus Chiastocheta;
ii) the oil-collecting pollination displayed by the yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris) and its oil-collecting bees of genus Macropis.


Curriculum vitae

Research Assistant at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

2006 ‐ 2010
PhD at the E‐vol Laboratory of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland: "Inferring reciprocal evolutionary histories in associated species of plants and insects in two European pollination systems", under the direction of Prof. Martine Rahier and Dr. Nadir Alvarez.

2002 ‐ 2006
Biology, diploma at the E‐vol Laboratory of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Diploma: "Interactions between Horismenus butcheri Hansson & Aebi (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and two Phaseolus (Fabaceae) bean species in Central Mexico. Biology, population genetics and geospatial studies", under the direction of Dr. Betty Benrey.

2000 ‐ 2001
Biology, at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina.


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