Welcome Miguel Verdu - new SE

Submitted by editor on 17 February 2017.

We are very happy to welcome Dr Miguel Verdu, Valencia, Spain to our editoral board. 

Below is a short interview with Miguel:

What's you main research focus at the moment?

I am interested in the signature that evolution leaves into ecological processes acting at species, population, community and ecosystem levels. More specifically, I study phylogenetic patterns behind ecological interactions between plants and other organisms.

Can you describe your research career? 

I studied Biology in the University de Valencia (Spain) and obtained my PhD degree in 1994 at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas with a work dealing with the evolutionary ecology of the life cycle of a bird-dispersed plant, Pistacia lentiscus. I moved to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México for 4 years, where I continued studying the evolutionary processes explaining the ecology of plants interactions. From 1999, I work on the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Valencia.

How come that you became a scientist in ecology?

As many Spanish ecologists between the ages of 40 and 50, the TV documentaries by Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente aroused my interest in ecology. Birdwatching first and bird ringing later were my next steps towards a more quantitative ecology. This knowledge was really useful to start studying seed dispersal processes in my PhD.

What do you do when you're not working?

I like swimming in the sea (summer) or in the pool (rest of the year). I also enjoy reading good (non-scientific) literature and hearing ancient flamenco, especially that from Jerez de la Frontera.