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 ecology of non-native species, 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 non-native plants differs between native and introduced areas.
b) Biotic factors controlling non-native 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 non-native plant pollination. 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 non-native 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
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
41092 Sevilla. España