Alonso Lab

Ecology and evolution of plant-animal interactions

Estación Biológica de Doñana,


Isla de La Cartuja,

Americo Vespucio 26

E-41092 Sevilla, Spain


Phone: + 34 954466700


Fax: + 34 954621125



Our study systems




The study of interactions between plants and animals, and their leading role in the micro and macroevolutionary processes underlying the astounding variety of morphological, functional, reproductive and chemical traits associated with the spectacular diversification of Angiosperms, provide the conceptual basis for our research.

We aim to contribute to solve the seemingly paradox represented by the strong historical and ecological constraints on reciprocal adaptations found at the microevolutionary level, on one side, and the myriad cases that, on the other side, illustrate reciprocal adaptive radiations between plants and herbivores, pollinators and seed predators at a macroevolutionary scale. More recently, we have incorporated also into our research program the study of microbes potentially consequential for the interactions linking plants and their animal pollinators, as well as approaches from population and molecular genetics, molecular phylogenetics, phylogeography, and chemistry.

Current research projects at our lab include:


Conchita Alonso

Pilar Bazaga

Carlos M. Herrera

Rubén Martín-Blázquez

Mónica Medrano

Javier Puy

Recent associates/
grad students/postdocs

Sergio Alvarez-Perez

Tia-Lynn Ashman - Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Teresa Boquete

María Azucena Canto - Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, Mexico

Antonio Castilla

Alejandro Núñez Carbajal

Víctor Parra-Tabla, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico

Juli G. Pausas, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación (CIDE), CSIC-UV, Valencia, Spain

Ricardo Pérez - Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas, CSIC, Sevilla

Christina Richards - Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida,USA

Anupoma Niloya Troyee

Clara de Vega

Javier Valverde

Our study systems

Pictures, natural history information, links to publications and a synopsis of our past and current research on:


Pollination in three highly diverse plant communities (a transcontinental project funded by BBVA Foundation, 2009-2012)

Aquilegia | Daphne laureola | Helleborus foetidus | Lavandula latifolia | Narcissus longispathus | Nectar yeasts | Viola cazorlensis


        Calendario Polinizadores 2024

Investigaciones sobre plantas y animales en las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas. A book summarizing the results of 25 years of research by scientists of the CSIC on plants, animals and their interactions in the Sierras de Cazorla-Segura-Las Villas Natural Park (in Spanish). 


Literature on the natural history of Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas - A compilation of literature references, with pdf files of many of them, on the geology, soils, climate, botany, zoology and ecology of this southeastern Spanish Natural Park where most of our lab fieldwork is carried out.

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