Ecologie comparative des organismes, des communautés et des écosystèmes




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I am interested in the evolutionary ecology of plant-animal interactions and the impact of biodiversity on global change (and vice-versa) –with the overarching purpose of addressing global ecological challenges that threaten nature and society. Currently, I am an postdoctoral researcher at CEFE (CNRS, France; working with A. Baselga and C. Violle).


2016–2018. Postdoctoral researcher at Centre for Functional Ecology and Evolution (CEFE, CNRS, France).

2015. Invited researcher. Santiago de Compostela University, Spain.

2011–2014. Postdoctoral researcher. Stanford University, USA.


2010. Ph.D. University of Santiago de Compostela, Summa cum laude. Doctor Europaeous mention.

2006. M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources. Santiago de Compostela University.

2004. B.Sc. Honors. Santiago de Compostela University.

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (*students advised by me)

11. Javier Guitián; Mar Sobral; María Losada; José Guitián; Tania Veiga; Pablo Guitián Differences in pollination success between local and foreign flower color phenotypes: a translocation experiment with Gentiana lutea (Gentianaceae). Peer J. 2017.

10. Mar Sobral; María Losada; Javier Guitián; José Guitián; Tania Veiga; Pablo Guitián. Flower color preferences of insects and cattle: effects on Gentiana lutea reproductive success. Peer J. 2016.

9. Tania Veiga*; Jose Guitian; Pablo Guitián; Ignacio Munilla; Javier Guitián; Mar Sobral. Flower color variation in the mountain plant Gentiana lutea L. is unrelated to abiotic factors. Plant ecology and diversity. 2015.

8. Maria Losada Cuquejo*; Tania Veiga*; Javier Guitián; Pablo Guitián; José Guitián; Mar Sobral. Is there a hybridization barrier between Gentiana lutea color morphs? Peer J. 2015.

7. Mar Sobral; Tania Veiga*; Paula Domínguez; Javier Guitián; Pablo Guitián; Jose Guitián. Selective pressures explain differences in flower color among Gentiana lutea populations. PlosOne. 2015.

6. Tania Veiga*; Javier Guitián; Pablo Guitián; Jose Guitián; Mar Sobral. Are pollinators and seed predators selective agents on flower color in Gentiana lutea? Evolutionary Ecology. 2014.

5. Aida López-Sánchez; John Schroëder; Sonia Roig; Mar Sobral; Rodolfo Dirzo. Effects of cattle management on oak regeneration in Northern Californian Mediterranean oak woodlands. PlosOne. 2014.

4. Mar Sobral; Asier R. Larrinaga; José Guitián; Pablo Guitián. Seed predators exert selection on the subindividual variation of seed size. Plant Biology. 2013.

3. Mar Sobral; José Guitián; Pablo Guitián; Asier R. Larrianga. Selective pressure along a latitudinal gradient affects subindividual variation in plants. PlosOne. 2013.

2. Mar Sobral; Asier R. Larrinaga; José Guitián. Do seed-dispersing birds exert selection on optimal plant trait combinations? Correlated phenotypic selection on the fruit and seed size of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). Evolutionary Ecology. 2010.

1. Mar Sobral; José Guitián; Asier R. Larrinaga. Fruit-size preferences in wild and naive eurasian blackbirds (Turdus merula) feeding on oneseed hawthorn. The Auk. 2010.