Daniel Montesinos

  • Ph. D.
  • Researcher
  • Researcher (IF)
  • University of Coimbra
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences
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Research Interests

Plant Evolutionary Ecology Plant Conservation Ecology Weed Invasions

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About

I am broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of plants. Resources available are limited and plants have to split them between distinct demanding functions, like reproduction and growth; and to respond to different selective pressures, like competition and environmental stress. The study of such functional and evolutionary trade-offs and their plasticity is the underlying thread of my research. Biological invasions are planetary experiments in which to study these trade-offs, and I am using them extensively in my current projects. During my career I've been working with a number of organisms:

-Congeneric annual Centaurea species (Centaurea solstitialis, C. calcitrapa and C. sulphurea) suggest that biogeographic comparisons of these species may provide quite novel insights into invasive ecology. All of these species are native to Europe and all of them have been introduced into North America. The first species is a highly noxious invasive species but not common in its native range. The second is common in Spain, but has not become invasive in the US after 200 years. The last species is not common in either range. We are finding interesting differences in traits among species and ranges that may help to understand invasions in general. Data indicates that reproductive barriers are arising between native and non-native ranges of some of these species, which suggests that reproductive isolation can occur at fastest rates than it was previously thought, and might have broad biogeographic implications for the understanding of allopatry and speciation processes.

-Two congeneric Acacia species (Acacia dealbata and A. longifolia). Both species are native from Australia and introduced in Portugal. I am studying reproductive biology and dispersal systems of both species to understand how do they interact with (and distrupt) the Portuguese native networks of pollinators and dispersers.

-The masting dioecious tree Juniperus thurifera has to split resources between reproduction and growth in a harsh, high mountain, dry environment. In species with separate sexes (dioecious) females usually invest more resources than males in reproduction, resulting in different trade-offs between growth and reproduction for male and female plants. During my Ph.D. I studied gender biased ecological performance of males and females, and how experimentally modified resource availability affected each sex's pattern.

-The endangered endemic Silene diclinis, accounts only with 2500 wild individuals in a few, nearby populations in Eastern Spain. This species developed a mechanism (barochory or atelechory) by which seeds are dispersed immediatly below mother plants, making sure that all seeds reach a perfect site for germinating and growing but making it impossible for the species to colonize new areas and driving the species to extinction in an evolutionary dead end.
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Publications

Changes in land use and physiological transitions of a Juniperus thurifera forest: from decline to recovery.

Montesinos D, Fabado J

Canadian Journal of Forest Research (2015)

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Inter-regional variation on leaf surface defenses in native and non-native Centaurea solstitialis plants

Sotes G, Cavieres L, Montesinos D, Pereira Coutinho A, Peláez W, Lopes S, et al.

Biochemical Systematics and Ecology (2015)

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Dispersal Pathways and Genetic Differentiation among Worldwide Populations of the Invasive Weed Centaurea solstitialis L. (Asteraceae).

PLOS ONE (2014)

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Reproductive ecology of buzz-pollinated Ouratea spectabilis trees (Ochnaceae) in Brazilian Cerrados

Montesinos D, Oliveira P

Web Ecology (2014)

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Invasive and non-invasive congeners show similar trait shifts between their same native and non-native ranges

García Y, Callaway R, Diaconu A, Montesinos D

PLOS ONE (2013)

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Native congeners provide biotic resistance to invasive Potentilla through soil biota

Callaway R, Montesinos D, Williams K, Maron J

Ecology (2013)

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Genders in Juniperus thurifera have different functional responses to variations in nutrient availability

Montesinos D, Villar-Salvador P, García-Fayos P, Verdú M

The New Phytologist (2012)

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Growth and Competitive Effects of Centaurea stoebe Populations in Response to Simulated Nitrogen Deposition

He W, Montesinos D, Thelen G, Callaway R

PLOS ONE (2012)

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Invasive acacias experience higher ant seed removal rates at the invasion edges

Montesinos D, Castro S, Rodríguez-Echeverría S

Web Ecology (2012)

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Invasive species grows faster, competes better, and shows greater evolution toward increased seed size and growth than exotic non-invasive congeners

Graebner R, Callaway R, Montesinos D

Plant Ecology (2012)

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Masting uncoupling: mast seeding does not follow all mast flowering episodes in a dioecious juniper tree

Montesinos D, García-Fayos P, Verdú M

Oikos (2012)

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Neo-allopatry and rapid reproductive isolation.

Montesinos D, Santiago G, Callaway R

The American Naturalist (2012)

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Type I error hinders recycling: a response to Rohr and Martin

Montesinos D

Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2012)

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Relictual distribution reaches the top: Elevation constrains fertility and leaf longevity of the mountain tree Juniperus thurifera

Montesinos D, Verdú M, García-Fayos P

Acta Oecologica (2010)

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Bosques endémicos de Juniperus spp.

Montesinos D, Otto R, Fernández Palacios J

Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España (2009)

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Formaciones de Juniperus communis en brezales o pastizales calcáreos

Montesinos D, García D

Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España (2009)

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Germination responses of an invasive species in native and non-native ranges

Oikos (2009)

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Matorrales arborescentes de Juniperus spp.

Montesinos D, García D

Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España (2009)

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Juniperus thurifera: una especie dioica, vecera y relíctica

Montesinos D

Ecosistemas (2007)

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Moms are better nurses than dads: sex biased self-facilitation in a dioecious juniper tree.

Montesinos D, Verdú M, García-Fayos P

Journal of Vegetation Science (2007)

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Conflicting selective forces underlying seed dispersal in the endangered plant Silene diclinis.

Montesinos D, García-Fayos P, Mateu I

International Journal of Plant Sciences (2006)

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When, how and how much: Gender-specific resource-use strategies in the dioecious tree Juniperus thurifera.

Montesinos D, de Luís M, Verdú M, Raventós J, García-Fayos P

Annals of Botany (2006)

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Silene diclinis

Montesinos D, Güemes J

Atlas y Libro Rojo de la Flora Vascular Amenazada de España (2003)

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Professional experience

Researcher (IF)

University of Coimbra

January 2014 - Present

Editor-in-chief

Web Ecology

August 2013 - Present

Post Doctoral Researcher

University of Coimbra

June 2011 - December 2013 (2 years 6 months)

Post Doctoral Researcher

University of Montana

May 2009 - May 2011 (2 years)

Natural Park Technician

Natural Park Service - Generalitat Valenciana -Vaersa

October 2007 - January 2009 (1 year 3 months)

Ph. D. student

CIDE (CSIC)

July 2002 - July 2007 (5 years)

Research Assistant (Lab .Tech.)

Spanish National Research Council

September 1999 - September 2001 (2 years)

Education history

Spanish National Research Council

Ph. D.

July 2002 - July 2007 (5 years)

Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva

M. Sc.

October 1999 - June 2002 (2 years 8 months)

Universitat de Valencia

B. Sc.

October 1994 - September 1999 (4 years 11 months)