CASTELLANOS Maria Clara
- Plant Evolutionary Ecology Lab, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
- Adaptation, Evolutionary Ecology, Quantitative Genetics
Educational and work
My research is focused on the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that cause and maintain the high diversity of flowering plants. My 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. I became a plant field ecologist while working in the Colombian rainforest and studying Biology at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá. I then worked at the Rocky Mountain Biological Station in Colorado on floral evolution and pollination as a MSc (Stony Brook University, New York) and PhD student (University of Toronto). As a postdoctoral researcher, I worked on several projects with Mediterranean plants in Spain, at Doñana Biological Station in Seville and CIDE in Valencia. I moved to Sussex in 2015.