Alexandre Mestre Concordia University in Montreal (Canada). Canada
Researcher at the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology of the University of Valencia (Spain) and the Department of Biology of Concordia University in Montreal (Canada). His research interests are ecology and the evolution of symbiotic species. During his Master’s and PhD research, carried out at the University of Valencia, he investigated spatial segregation as a mechanism of coexistence in feather mites, and population patterns of symbiont-host co-invaders. Currently, his research focuses on the application of metapopulation and metacommunity theory to understand eco-evolutionary dynamics of symbionts and, more generally, of species that live in discrete and ephemeral habitats.
Full Professor of Ecology at the University of Florida (USA). His core personal research focuses on a wide range of theoretical and conceptual issues at the population and community levels of ecological organization, and on the task of linking ecology with evolutionary biology. In addition to basic research, he is interested in bringing modern ecological theory to bear on significant applied problems, particularly in conservation biology. He has also carried out large-scale experiments on habitat fragmentation. His students include both theoreticians and empirical, experimental ecologists. He has historically collaborated with many faculty at a wide range of institutions, both inside and outside the USA.