I am interested in describing biodiversity through a DNA Barcoding approach and understanding speciation mechanisms in mutualistic species.
I started my PhD in March 2014 under Roger Jovani and David Serrano supervision at the Evolutionary Ecology Department. My PhD thesis is about the evolutionary ecology of the interaction between feather mites and birds aiming to understand the mechanisms underlying the diversity and the ecology of this ectosymbiont group. I am using a multi scale approaching from the foraging and population ecology of the species to the gene flow and assemblages of the host-symbiont communities. It will be solved with an integrative taxonomy approach (morphological + high throughput sequencing data) and ecological network analysis.