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My research interests lie within eco-evolutionary biology of species interactions, especially those within and among hosts and symbionts.
During my PhD, with Ana Rivero and Olivier Duron at the University of Montpellier, I investigated whether a natural Wolbachia infection can alter the quality of mosquitoes as vectors of malaria using a Wolbachia-mosquito-Plasmodium triad with a common evolutionary history.
Then, I moved for several unforgettable years of postdocs with Sara, in the MITE2 group. I did a number of projects on issues ranging from host adaptation to symbionts to symbiont-mediated ecologically important traits: (i) I studied how the host plants of spider mites and co-infections with other symbionts or pathogens affect the interaction between Wolbachia and its spider-mite hosts; and how these factors shape the diversity and prevalence of symbionts in natural populations of spider mites; (ii) I investigated the effect of Wolbachia on spider-mite reproduction and mating strategies, as well as host adaptation to Wolbachia-induced reproductive manipulations; (iii) I developed a project to address the consequences of the interaction between Wolbachia and pesticide resistance in spider mites, which is still ongoing.
Recently, I moved to the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier (ISEM), where I am pursuing my research in close collaboration with Sara and the MITE2 group. My current work addresses the role of symbionts in host speciation and reproductive interference, and how eco-evolutionary feedbacks resulting from the interplay between reproductive and competitive interactions affect the evolution of reproductive barriers and species coexistence.
Cruz, M.A., Magalhães, S., Sucena, É., Zélé, F. (2021) Wolbachia and host intrinsic reproductive barriers contribute additively to post-mating isolation in spider mites.Evolution, 75(8), 2085-2101. DOI:10.1111/evo.14286 (IF2020 3,694; Q1 Evolutionary Biology)
Godinho, D.P., Cruz, M.A., Charlery de la Masselière, M., Teodoro‐Paulo, J., Eira, C., Fragata, I., Rodrigues, L.R., Zélé, F. & Magalhães, S. (2020) Creating outbred and inbred populations in haplodiploids to measure adaptive responses in the laboratory.Ecology and Evolution, 10(14), 7291-7305. DOI:10.1002/ece3.6454 (IF2020 2,912; Q2 Ecology)
Zelé, F., Santos, I., Matos, M., Vavre, F., Weill, M. & Magalhães, S. (2020) Endosymbiont diversity in natural populations of Tetranychus mites is rapidly lost under laboratory conditions.Heredity, 124, 603-617. DOI:10.1038/s41437-020-0297-9 (IF2020 3,821; Q1 Ecology)
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