Daniel Montesinos
Phone: (+351) 239 240 700 (ext. 262 383)
e-mail: danimontesinos@gmail.com
Category: Researcher (IF)
Department: Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Tecnology, University of Coimbra
Research line: BIODIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION
Direct URL for this page: http://cfe.uc.pt/daniel-montesinos
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I am broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of plants.  Resources available are limited and plants have to compete for them.  Once acquired, resources have to be allocated among distinct biological functions, like reproduction and growth, to respond to different selective pressures, like competition and environmental stress.  However, these functional and evolutionary trade-offs are constantly adapting to different local conditions.  Biological invasions are ideal planetary experiments in which to study these trade-offs across distinct biogeographical regions.

During my career I've been working with a number of organisms:

-Congeneric annual Centaurea species (Centaurea solstitialis, C. calcitrapa and C. sulphurea). Biogeographic comparisons of closely related invasive and non-invasive species provide novel insights into invasive ecology. My work exemplifies how even non-invasive exotic species are adapting constantly to their non-native ranges, and that many of the trait-shifts detected between native and non-native ranges of invasive species are frequently found also for less sucessful non-invasive exotics. Additionally, I detected an incipient degree of reproductive isolation between populations from the 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 tree species (Acacia dealbata and A. longifolia) native from Australia and invasive in Portugal. I found out that acacias are able to sucessfuly establish new pollination and seed dispersal mutualisms into their Portuguese invasive range, where pre-dispersal seed predation was absent, and where myrmecochory (seed dispersal by ants) was relatively less important than in Australia. This is already resulting in different seed morphologies between the native Australian and the invasive Portuguese populations.

-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 herb 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.

 

  • ReproWeed: Invasiveness and reproductive isolation between native and non-native ranges of Centaurea weeds (see details)
  • Rapid development of increased competitive ability and mechanisms of reproductive isolation of Centaurea species (see details)
  • MUTUALNET. Below and aboveground mutualisms and the invasion by Australian acacias: relevance on invasive dynamics and consequences for native ecosystems. (see details)
    1. Correia, M; Montesinos, D; French, K; Rodriguez-Echeverria, S (2016) Evidence for enemy release and increased seed production and size for two invasive Australian acacias. Journal Of Ecology. 104, 5, 1391-1399. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/1365-2745.12612
    2. Xiao, S; Callaway, RM; Graebner, R; Hierro, JL; Montesinos, D (2016) Modeling the relative importance of ecological factors in exotic invasion: The origin of competitors matters, but disturbance in the non-native range tips the balance. Ecological Modelling. 335, 39-47. (see details) ISI paper
    3. Filipe, JC; Jorge, A; Eren, O; Sotes, G; Hierro, J; Montesinos, D (2016) Invasive and non-invasive congeneric Centaurea (Asteraceae) show contrasting patterns of herbivory by snails. Plant Ecology And Evolution. 149, 2, 228-232. (see details) ISI paper
    4. Montesinos, D; Castro, S; Rodriguez-Echeverria, S (2016) Two invasive acacia species secure generalist pollinators in invaded communities. Acta Oecologica - International Journal Of Ecology. 74, 46-55. (see details) ISI paper
    5. Montesinos, D; Fabado, J (2015) Changes in land use and physiological transitions of a Juniperus thurifera forest: from decline to recovery. Canadian Journal Of Forest Research. 45, 6, 764-769. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfr-2014-0468
    6. Sotes, G.J; Cavieres, L.A; Montesinos, D; Pereira Coutinho, A.X; Peláez, W.J; Lópes, S.M.M; Pinho e Melo, T.M.V.D. (2015) Inter-regional variation on leaf surface defenses in native and non-native Centaurea solstitialis plants. . Biochemical Systematics And Ecology. 62, 208-218. (see details)
      Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305197815002288
    7. Montesinos, D. (2015) Plant–plant interactions: from competition to facilitation. Web Ecology. 15, 1-2. (see details)
      Link: http://www.web-ecol.net/15/1/2015/
    8. Montesinos, Daniel; Oliveira, Paulo (2014) Reproductive ecology of buzz-pollinated Ouratea spectabilis trees (Ochnaceae) in Brazilian Cerrados. Web Ecology. 14, 1, 79-84. (see details)
      Link: http://www.web-ecol.net/14/79/2014/
    9. Eriksen, RL; Hierro, JL; Eren, O; Andonian, K; Torok, K; Becerra, PI; Montesinos, D; Khetsuriani, L; Diaconu, A; Kesseli, R (2014) Dispersal Pathways and Genetic Differentiation among Worldwide Populations of the Invasive Weed Centaurea solstitialis L. (Asteraceae). Plos One. 9, 12, (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0114786...
    10. Callaway, Ragan M.; Montesinos, Daniel; Williams, Kimberlyn; Maron, John L. (2013) Native congeners provide biotic resistance to invasive Potentilla through soil biota. Ecology. 94, 6, 1223-1229. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/12-1875.1
    11. Garcia, Yedra; Callaway, Ragan M.; Diaconu, Alecu; Montesinos, Daniel (2013) Invasive and Non-Invasive Congeners Show Similar Trait Shifts between Their Same Native and Non-Native Ranges. Plos One. 8, 12, e82281 (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0082281
    12. Montesinos D., Castro, S., Rodríguez-Echeverría S. (2012) Invasive acacias experience higher ant seed removal rates at the invasion edges. Web Ecology . 12, 1, 33-37 (see details)
      Link: http://www.web-ecol.net/12/33/2012/we-12-33-2012.html
    13. Montesinos, D; Santiago, G; Callaway, RM (2012) Neo-Allopatry and Rapid Reproductive Isolation. American Naturalist. 180, 4, 529-533. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://www.jstor.org/stable/info/10.1086/667585
    14. Montesinos, D (2012) Type I error hinders recycling: a response to Rohr and Martin. Trends In Ecology & Evolution. 27, 6, 311-312. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534712000675
    15. Graebner, RC; Callaway, RM; Montesinos, D (2012) Invasive species grows faster, competes better, and shows greater evolution toward increased seed size and growth than exotic non-invasive congeners. Plant Ecology. 213, 4, 545-553. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://www.springerlink.com/content/l054412822058458/
    16. Montesinos, D.; Villar-Salvador, P.; Garcia-Fayos, P.; Verdu, M. (2012) Genders in Juniperus thurifera have different functional responses to variations in nutrient availability. New Phytologist. 193, 3, 705-712. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03982.x/abst...
    17. He, WM; Montesinos, D; Thelen, GC; Callaway, RM (2012) Growth and Competitive Effects of Centaurea stoebe Populations in Response to Simulated Nitrogen Deposition. Plos One. 7, 4, (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0036257
    18. Montesinos, D; Garcia-Fayos, P; Verdu, M (2012) Masting uncoupling: mast seeding does not follow all mast flowering episodes in a dioecious juniper tree. Oikos. 121, 11, 1725-1736. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20399.x/abst...
    19. Montesinos, D; Garcia-Fayos, P; Verdu, M (2010) Relictual distribution reaches the top: Elevation constrains fertility and leaf longevity in Juniperus thurifera. Acta Oecologica - International Journal Of Ecology. 36, 1, 120-125. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://www.springerlink.com/content/l054412822058458/
    20. Hierro, JL; Eren, O; Khetsuriani, L; Diaconu, A; Torok, K; Montesinos, D; Andonian, K; Kikodze, D; Janoian, L; Villarreal, D; Estanga-Mollica, ME; Callaway, RM (2009) Germination responses of an invasive species in native and non-native ranges. Oikos. 118, 4, 529-538. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.17283.x/full
    21. Montesinos, D; Verdu, M; Garcia-Fayos, P (2007) Moms are better nurses than dads: gender biased self-facilitation in a dioecious Juniperus tree. Journal Of Vegetation Science. 18, 2, 271-280. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2007.tb02538.x/ab...
    22. Montesinos, D. (2007) Juniperus thurifera: una especie dioica, vecera y relíctica. Ecosistemas. 16, 3, 172-185. (see details)
      Link: https://www.google.pt/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&u...
    23. Montesinos, D; De Luis, M; Verdu, M; Raventos, J; Garcia-Fayos, P (2006) When, how and how much: Gender-specific resource-use strategies in the dioecious tree Juniperus thurifera. Annals Of Botany. 98, 4, 885-889. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/content/98/4/885.short
    24. Montesinos, D; Garcia-Fayos, P; Mateu, I (2006) Conflicting selective forces underlying seed dispersal in the endangered plant Silene diclinis. International Journal Of Plant Sciences. 167, 1, 103-110. (see details) ISI paper
      Link: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.1086/497843?uid=3737592&uid=2134&uid=2&...
    1. Montesinos, Daniel García, Daniel (2009) 5210 - Matorrales arborescentes de Juniperus spp. In: Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España. Madrid. Dir. Gral. de Medio Natural. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, y Medio Rural y Marino.. (see details)
      Link: http://www.magrama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/espacios-protegidos/red...
    2. Montesinos, Daniel; García, Daniel (2009) 5130 - Formaciones de Juniperus communis en brezales o pastizales calcáreos. In: Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España. Madrid. Dir. Gral. de Medio Natural. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, y Medio Rural y Marino.. (see details)
      Link: http://www.magrama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/espacios-protegidos/red...
    3. Montesinos, Daniel; Otto, Rudinguer; Fernández Palacios, José María (2009) 9560 - Bosques endémicos de Juniperus spp. In: Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España. Madrid. Dir. Gral. de Medio Natural. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, y Medio Rural y Marino.. (see details)
      Link: http://www.magrama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/espacios-protegidos/red...
    4. Montesinos, Daniel; Güemes, Jaime (2003) Silene diclinis. In: Atlas y Libro Rojo de la Flora Vascular Amenazada de España. Madrid. Dirección General de Conservación de la Naturaleza. 854-855. (see details)
      Link: http://www.marm.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/inventarios-nacionales/178_tcm...