People


Laura Baldo
Laura Baldo
Principal Investigator - Professor
Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, University of Barcelona

Research interest

I am fascinated by the role of host-microbial interactions as a major force in the diversification of life. For several years, I studied the intracellular bacteria Wolbachia, one of the most widespread and influential endosymbionts found in invertebrates. Currently my research focuses on the understanding of host-associated microbiotas and their impact on animal ecology and evolution.

Specifically, I am looking at the gut microbial communities in two vertebrate adaptive radiations: a) the cichlid fishes and b) the Podarcis lizards from the Balearic Islands. The main objectives are to disentangle the role of gut microbiotas in the host trophic adaptation, and reconstruct the dynamics of the symbiosis over temporal and spatial scales. I am addressing these objectives using a highly multidisciplinary system-based approach that integrates ecological and evolutionary theories with comparative metagenomics.

Funding

- The Catalan Biogenome project, Societat Catalana de Biologia-IEC

PI: Laura Baldo

Duration: 2020 - 2021

Project title: The Podarcis lifordi's genome”. PRO2020-S02-BALDO. 

http://www.ub.edu/irbio/the-biogenoma-de-catalunya-project-promotes-fou…

 

- Govern de les Illes Baleares, Consellera d'Educació, Universidad i Recerca.

PI: Giacomo Tavecchia.

Duration: 2020 - 2023

Project title: "THE PARADIGM OF SMALL POPULATION PERSISTENCE: DEMOGRAPHY AND GENETIC OF AN ENDEMIC LIZARD"

 

- MCOC - Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad

PI: Laura BaldoMinisterio de Economia y Competitividad

Duration: 01/01/2018- 31/12/2020

Project title: “Role of the host-associated microbiotas in the cichlid fish adaptive radiations”.


Joan Lluís Riera
Joan Lluís Riera
Associate professor
Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, University of Barcelona

Research interest

I have a broad research interests that span from Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology towards Population and Community Ecology. I teach Population and Community Ecology to undergraduates, and Population Viability Analysis and several advanced courses in data analysis and visualization at the master’s level.


Students


Arnau Rigol Galan
Arnau Rigol Galan
Master student in Biodiversity
Katherin Otálora
Katherin Otalara
PhD student in Biodiversity

Collaborators


Giacomo Tavecchia
Giacomo Tavecchia
Tenured Researcher (CSIC)
GEDA, Department of Animal and Microbial Biodiversity, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA)
Marta Barluenga
Marta Barluenga
Tenured Researcher (CSIC)
National Museum of Natural History, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain