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Herbivorous mites Host-parasite interactions Bacterial endosymbionts Reproductive isolation and speciation Experimental evolution Molecular ecology
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.
Rodrigues, L.R., Zélé, F., Santos, I. & Magalhães, S. (2022) No evidence for the evolution of mating behavior in spider mites due to Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility,Evolution, 73(3), 623-635. DOI:10.1111/evo.14429 (IF2021 4,171; Q2 Evolutionary Biology)
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 (IF2021 4,171; Q2 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)
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