Ecologie comparative des organismes, des communautés et des écosystèmes


My research focuses on the evolutionary and ecological consequences of species interactions. I study how diversity maintains itself through evolutionary processes and how it affects global functioning through ecological processes. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at CNRS (France) and University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) working with A. Baselga and C. Violle.


@Mar_Sobral_ on Twitter  



2016 present. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Center for Functional Ecology and Evolution (CNRS, France).

2011 – 2015. Stanford University, USA.

2010 PhD. Santiago de Compostela University, Spain.




Teaching Document (Spanish)

Science popularization article (Galician)


SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS (students I advised are underlined) 

17. Barnagaud, JY., Mazet, N., Munoz, F., Grenié, M., Denelle, P., Sobral, M., Kissling, WD., Sekercioglu, C. & Violle, S. Functional biogeography of dietary strategies in birds. Global Ecology & Biogeography in press 2019.

16. Mar Sobral*, José Guitián, Pablo Guitián,Cyrille Violle, Asier R. Larrinaga. Exploring subindividual variability: role of ontogeny, abiotic environment, and seed‐dispersing birds. Plant Biology. 2018.

15. S Bas López, J Guitián Rivera and M Sobral. Biodiversity in Eucalyptus plantations versus native oak forests in Galicia: plants and birds. NACC 2018.

14. Luis Salaverri, José Guitián, Ignacio Munilla and Mar Sobral*. Bird richness decreases with the abandonment of agriculture in a rural region of SW Europe. Regional Environmental Change. 2018.

13. Isabelle P. Neylan*, Rodolfo Dirzo, and Mar Sobral. Cumulative effects of transgenerational induction on plant palatability to generalist and specialist herbivores. Web Ecology. 2018.

12. Mar Sobral*, Kirsten M. Silvius, Han Overman, Luiz FB Oliveira, Ted K. Raab, and José M.V. Fragoso. Mammal diversity influences the carbon cycle through trophic interactions in the Amazon. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2017.

*Featured in PNAS March 6, 2018. 115 (10) 2260-2263.
*Featured in Nature Ecol Evol. 2017 Nov;1(11):1596.

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

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

9. Tania Veiga*, Javier Guitián, Pablo Guitián, Jose Guitián, and Mar Sobral. Are pollinators and seed predators selective agents on flower color in Gentiana lutea? Evolutionary Ecology. 2015.

8. Tania Veiga*, Jose Guitian, Pablo Guitián, Ignacio Munilla, Javier Guitián, and Mar Sobral. Flower color variation in the mountain plant Gentiana lutea L. is unrelated to abiotic factors. Plant Ecology & Diversity. 2015.

7. Maria Losada, Tania Veiga, Javier Guitián, Pablo Guitián, José Guitián, and Mar Sobral*. Is there a hybridization barrier between Gentiana lutea color morphs? PeerJ. 2015.

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

5. Aida López-Sánchez*, John Schroëder, Sonia Roig, Mar Sobral, and 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, and Pablo Guitián. Seed predators exert selection on the subindividual variation of seed size. Plant Biology. 2014.

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

2. Mar Sobral*, Asier R. Larrinaga, and 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, and Asier R. Larrinaga. Fruit-size preferences in wild and naive Eurasian blackbirds (Turdus merula) feeding on oneseed hawthorn. The Auk. 2010.



-International News Articles


-Guest at Efervesciencia (radioshow)

-La Voz de Galicia

-El Faro de Vigo

-El Correo Gallego


-Invited by Carabes (U. Montepellier, trying to explain myself in "french" : )


-Collaborative site, Moms in Science