Subgroup Leader of Adaptation in heterogeneous environments
The EE Research Group includes 10 senior researchers (integrated members), two of whom hold academic positions and one a contract as research investigator, and 7 of whom hold post-doctoral grants. The group also includes 11 Ph.D. students and one technician.
The EE research lies at the intersection of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, to understand the micro-evolutionary patterns and processes as a function of particular ecologic scenarios. Conversely, the group studies the ecology of organisms and systems taking into account the evolutionary history of populations and communities. Emphasis is given to (a) evolution in response to environmental changes, (b) evolution of social behavior and other behavioral patterns and (c) evolution of species interactions. Research done by the members of the group uses experimental evolution, quantitative genetics, comparative genomics, modeling, and computer simulations. The group works mainly with Drosophila, the spider mite Tetranychus urticae, and bacteria. It is subdivided into three research subgroups, each headed by a Principal Investigator: ‘Local Adaptation in Drosophila’, ‘Evolutionary Ecology of Microorganisms’ and ‘Adaptation in Heterogeneous Environments’.
Simões, P., Fragata, I., Seabra, S.G., Faria, G.S., Santos, M.A., Rose, M. R., Santos., M. & Matos, M. (2017) Predictable phenotypic, but not karyotypic, evolution of populations with contrasting initial history.Scientific Reports, 7, 913. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-00968-1 (IF2016 4,259; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Santos, M., Sapage, M., Matos, M. & Varela, S.A.M. (2017) Mate-choice copying: a fitness-enhancing behavior that evolves by indirect selection.Evolution, 71(6), 1456-1464. DOI:10.1111/evo.13235 (IF2016 4,201; Q1 Evolutionary Biology)
Hansen, D.M., Austin, J.J., Baxter, R.H., de Boer, E.J., Fálcon, W., Norder, S.J., Rijsdijk, K.F., Thébaud, C., Bunbury, N.J. & Warren, B.H. (2017) Origins of endemic island tortoises in the western Indian Ocean: a critique of the human-translocation hypothesis.Journal of Biogeography, 44(6), 1430-1435. DOI:10.1111/jbi.12893 (IF2016 4,248; Q1 Ecology)