Ignacio Morales-Castilla

McGill University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Jonathan Davies
Pedro Peres-Neto
Start: 2014-09-01
End: 2016-08-31


A unified framework for community ecology: Phylogeny, geography, and the assembly of ecological communities
The field of community ecology has had a turbulent history, and the lack of strong quantitative frameworks has provided a barrier to rigorous hypotheses testing. Over the past decade there have been large analytical advances in spatial ecology and community phylogenetics, but they have remained largely separate from each other. As part of a larger initiative, this project aims to provide a bridge between these two disciplines, and move towards developing a unified model for community ecology that merges spatial ecology, metacommunity dynamics and community phylogenetics.


community phylogenetics, community ecology, Spatial Ecology, biodiversity, biogeography


1- Global richness patterns of venomous snakes reveal contrasting influences of ecology and history in two different clades
Terribile, Levi Carina, Miguel Ángel Olalla-Tárraga, Ignacio Morales-Castilla, Marta Rueda, Rosa M. Vidanes, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho
2008 Oecologia

2- Does fragmentation increase extinction thresholds? A European-wide test with seven forest birds
Rueda, Marta, Bradford A. Hawkins, Ignacio Morales-Castilla, Rosa M. Vidanes, Mila Ferrero, Miguel Á. Rodríguez
2013 Global Ecology and Biogeography

3- Range size patterns of New World oscine passerines (Aves): insights from differences among migratory and sedentary clades
Morales-Castilla, Ignacio, Miguel Á. Rodríguez, Ramnik Kaur, Bradford A. Hawkins,
2013 Journal of Biogeography

4- The Imprint of Cenozoic Migrations and Evolutionary History on the Biogeographic Gradient of Body Size in New World Mammals
Morales-Castilla, Ignacio, Miguel Á. Olalla-Tárraga, Andy Purvis, Bradford A. Hawkins, Miguel Á. Rodríguez
2012 The American Naturalist

5- Niche conservatism and species richness patterns of squamate reptiles in eastern and southern Africa
2011 Austral Ecology

6- Coefficient shifts in geographical ecology: an empirical evaluation of spatial and non-spatial regression
Mauricio Bini, L., J. Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho, Thiago F. L. V. B. Rangel, Thomas S. B. Akre, Rafael G. Albaladejo, Fabio S. Albuquerque, Abelardo Aparicio, Miguel B. Araújo, Andrés Baselga, Jan Beck, M. Isabel Bellocq, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Paulo A. V. Borges, Isabel Castro-Parga, Vun Khen Chey, Steven L. Chown, Paulo de Marco, Jr, David S. Dobkin, Dolores Ferrer-Castán, Richard Field, Julieta Filloy, Erica Fleishman, Jose F. Gómez, Joaquín Hortal, John B. Iverson, Jeremy T. Kerr, W. Daniel Kissling, Ian J. Kitching, Jorge L. León-Cortés, Jorge M. Lobo, Daniel Montoya, Ignacio Morales-Castilla, Juan C. Moreno, Thierry Oberdorff, Miguel Á. Olalla-Tárraga, Juli G. Pausas, Hong Qian, Carsten Rahbek, Miguel Á. Rodríguez, Marta Rueda, Adriana Ruggiero, Paula Sackmann, Nathan J. Sanders, Levi Carina Terribile, Ole R. Vetaas, Bradford A. Hawkins
2009 Ecography

7- On the selection of phylogenetic eigenvectors for ecological analyses
Diniz-Filho, Jose Alexandre F., Luis Mauricio Bini, Thiago Fernando Rangel, Ignacio Morales-Castilla, Miguel Á. Olalla-Tárraga, Miguel Á. Rodríguez, Bradford A. Hawkins
2012 Ecography