I hold a PhD in Forest Science (UPM, 2001) and I am currently Research Director at INRA (UMR1202 BIOGECO: Biodiversity, Genes & Communities), in Bordeaux (France) and associate researcher to CREAF (2015). Previously, I was postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier (ISEM-UM2, France), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California (UCDavis, USA) and Senior Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Lausanne (DEE-UNIL, Switzerland), and worked for several years at the Forest Research Centre (CIFOR-INIA) in Madrid, first as ‘Ramón y Cajal’ Fellow and afterwards as Tenured Scientist.
I have been conducting research in several topics in the general field of Evolutionary Biology, with a focus on evolutionary processes explaining the distribution of genetic diversity in forest trees, from gene flow and fine-scale spatial genetic structure studies to research on candidate genes for adaptive responses, in particular related to climate adaptation, following both classical and new-generation population genetic and genomic approaches. Currently, I develop a broad research line on ecological genetics and genomics of local adaptation, which relies both on genome-wide genotyping/sequencing and evolutionary quantitative genetics.
- Local adaptation at both wide-range and local spatial scales
- The genetic processes associated with range expansions
- The genetic basis and architecture of ecologically-relevant adaptive traits
- The microevolutionary responses of forests to climate change