I am based at the Australian Tropical Herbarium and I am broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of plants.  My main focus of research is on the rapid evolution of locally adapted traits of invasive species across broad biogeographical scales, with a special focus on reproduction and reproductive systems.  Biogeographic comparisons of closely related invasive and non-invasive species provide novel insights into invasive ecology. My work exemplifies how even non-invasive exotic species are adapting constantly to their non-native ranges, and that many of the trait-shifts detected between native and non-native ranges of invasive species are frequently found also for less successful non-invasive exotics. Our results suggest that local adaptation and reproductive isolation can occur at fastest rates than it was previously thought, and might have broad biogeographic implications for the understanding of allopatry and speciation processes.  I am the Editor-in-Chief of Web Ecology and a Coordinating Editor of the Nordic Journal of Botany. Follow me on Twitter @plant_ecology

  • Plant evolutionary ecology
  • Biosecurity
  • Biogeography
  • Reproductive biology
  • Seed ecology
  • 2019 to present - Invited Professor, University of Coimbra - Centre for Functional Ecology (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • 2019 to present - Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University - Australian Tropical Herbarium (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2013 to 2018 - Assistant Researcher, University of Coimbra - Centre for Functional Ecology (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Coimbra - Centre for Functional Ecology (Coimbra, Portugal)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Post-doctoral Fellow, The University of Montana (Missoula, Montana , USA)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Natural Park Technician, Generalitat Valenciana - Vaersa (Ballestar, Castelló, Spain)
  • 2002 to 2007 - Ph.D. Student, CSIC (Albal, Valencia, Spain)
  • 1999 to 2001 - Research Technical Assistant, CSIC (Albal, Valencia, Spain)
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  • 2012 to 2016 - Marie Curie Fellowship - Career Integration Grant, by the European Commission
  • 2011 to 2013 - Post-doctoral Fellowship, by the Portuguese Government
  • 2009 to 2011 - Post-doctoral Fellowship, by the Spanish Government
  • 2002 to 2006 - Ph. D. scholarship, by the Spanish Government
  • 2019 - Ecological Society of Australia - ESA
  • 2018 - Iberian Ecological Society - SIBECOL. Founding member.
  • 2014 - Portuguese Ecological Society - SPECO. Former Board member (2017-18).
  • 2003 - Spanish Terrestrial Ecology Society - AEET
  • 2019 - Coordinating Editor, Nordic Journal of Botany, www.nordicjbotany.org
  • 2013 - Editor in Chief, Web Ecology, www.web-ecology.net

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  • The Contribution of Polyploidy to Weed Invasiveness and Control (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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