The research unit joins researchers with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Oviedo University, and the Government of Asturias.
We study the ecology, evolution and conservation of mountain species and ecosystems. Our research focuses on:
– Local adaptations and variation of functional genes associated with thermoregulation, reproductive phenology and pathogen resistance, in relation to both short and long-term changes in environmental conditions.
– Life-history traits and eco-physiology of mountain organisms. Flexibility of behavioural responses to environmental and social conditions.
– Genotypic and quantitative genetic trait divergence of isolated populations on mountaintops and islands.
– Ecology and conservation of threatened species. Population dynamics and connectivity of sparse populations.
– Biotic interactions along elevational and latitudinal gradients.
– Vegetation dynamics and ecosystem services derived from plant-animal interactions in a global change scenario.