School of Life Sciences

Plant Evolutionary Ecology Lab


Our research is focused on the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that cause and maintain the high diversity of flowering plants. Our main interest is in plant interactions with animals and with environmental factors in wild populations. We do field work in tropical, temperate and Mediterranean environments.

Current work combines field and greenhouse observations with genomic markers to study evolutionary potential in natural populations. We also study the ecological and evolutionary consequences of wildfires on plants and their intreactions with animals. All this is important to understand how populations evolve under natural and human-induced changes such as pollinator declines and increased fire frequencies.


PhD position on Plant Plasticity and Local Adaptation to New Pollinators after Range Expansion

For more information on the project and how to apply, please see here. Application deadline: January 31, 2020.


PhD position on fire ecology and pollination based in Valencia (Spain), starting in 2020 (application deadline Nov 7, 2019)

The student will be co-supervised by Juli Pausas and myself.  For more information on the project and on how to apply, please visit here (in Spanish).



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Maria Clara Castellanos
Lecturer in Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
University of Sussex
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Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QG
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