Current students in the lab

PhD students

PhD candidate. Xochitl Damián

My project focuses on the study of variation in functional foliar traits, associated to resource acquisition and defense against herbivores. In particular I am interested in assessing the adaptive value and plasticity of their phenotypic integration. By combining ecological, evolutionary and physiological approaches it is possible to understand the role of complex phenotypes as targets of natural selection, their adaptive value and their variation across environmental gradients.

Advisor: Karina Boege

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PhD candidate.

Sofía Ochoa-López

I am interested in how plant defense against herbivores evolves, considering that plants express different types and quantities of defense across their development. My project focuses in the adaptive value of the ontogenetic trajectories in biotic, chemical and physical defenses in the myrmecophytic shrub Turnera velutina

Advisor Karina Boege

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Francisco Parraguirre

I am interested in the mechanisms that influence the covariation among traits of functional modules. Specifically, I study the effects that mating system can have on the covariation among foliar and floral traits in Solanum rostratum. The understanding of this source of variation is fundamental to understand biological evolution in a broad sense. My project seeks to provide experimental evidence on the environmental factors influencing the evolution of functional modules.

Advisor: Juan Fornoni

Master students

Aime Rubini-Pisano

I study how relationship among phenotypic traits vary across mating system evolutionary transitions. To do this, I analyze changes in the variance-covariance matrix among floral traits of six species of the genus Solanum present in Mexico. This work can contribute to our understanding the different adaptations plants can evolve as a function their pollinators, or their ability to self-mate.

Advisor: Juan Foroni

Faride Ugalde

Mi project focuses on studying the influence of plant phylogeny  on the assemblage of arthropod communities in tropical systems. Because phylogenetic diversity can change competitive relationships among plants, it is expected that their quality as niches for different arthropod guilds can change. I am experimentally assessing these relationships in a large scale set of synthetic communities

Advisor: Karina Boege

Undergraduate students

Miriam Muñoz Cinta

I study the effect of seed dormancy of the Asteraceae Tithonia diversifolia.  This species is particularly important in cattle ranching in intensive silvopastoral systems, due to its ability to increase soil quality, its high tolerance to browsing and because it represents a very high quality source of protein for cattle. Knowing the germination strategies of this species will help to reduce the costs when using this forage species in intensive silvopastoral systems in Mexico

Tutora: Rocio Santos

Giovana Franco Rosas

I study the mating incompatibility system in Thithonia diversifolia, using manual pollination experiments. The low germination rate of this species could be due to self-incompatibility, which promotes cross pollination to reduce inbreeding depression.

Advisor: Rocio Santos

Jazmin Zetina Roldán

One of the most important biotic interactions is herbivory, as it represents the first energetic transition in food chains. My research focuses on the feeding behavior of lepidopteran herbivores in different successional stages of a tropical dry forest. The main aim is to understand if their diet breath changes as a function of forest succession and climatic variability


Advisor: Karina Boege