Montserrat VilÓ. Plant ecologist interested in conservation biology
 

My research focuses on the ecology of biological invasions, especially in Mediterranean ecosystems including islands. In collaboration with a large international network of ecologists we conduct field experiments, extensive field surveys and the analysis of large datasets to improve our understanding on the biological invasions phenomena, to develop risk analysis of invasions, and to mitigate their impacts.
Main areas of study include:
a) Landscape and environmental factors associated to invasions.
In the context of climatic and land-use change, we analyze landscape and regional characteristics influencing plant invasions as a tool to improve spatially-explicit information on risk of invasions. Currently we are exploring factors determining de degree of plant invasions across all habitat types in Spain. In this line we also compare how the distribution and abundance of alien plants differs between native and introduced areas.
b) Biotic factors controlling alien plant establishment.
We mainly focus on the role of plant competition and herbivory, including seed predation, as biological controls of alien plant species establishment. We also work on alien plant pollination, as many enthomophilous alien plants depend on this mutualistic interaction to set seeds. We are especially interested on how alien plants get integrated to the plant-pollinator networks in the receptive communities, and how this can influence pollination of native plants.
c) Ecological and economic impacts of biological invasions.
Our work contributes to quantify the ecological impacts of biological invasions on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. We are committed to identify the most impacted habitats and the traits of alien species conferring major changes in ecosystem services. With this information we develop Impact Risk Assessments for major invaders in Europe.


Montserrat VilÓ
Estaciˇn Biolˇgica de Do˝ana
Address:
Montserrat Vilà Tel: 954 466700 ext. 1450
Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC) Fax: 954 621125
Avda. Américo Vespucio s/n. Isla de la Cartuja www.montsevila.org
41092 Sevilla. España montse.vila@ebd.csic.es