Diego López Collar

Unido: 12.may.2014 Última actividad: 12.abr.2021 iNaturalist

I profusely admire ants. They have conquered Earth for the past hundred millions years. Such a tiny creatures, yet so organized and adaptive. Isn't the great variety of morphological features, behaviours, symbiotic interactions, evolutionary relationships...impressive?

I'am a PhD student at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). I have carried out biodiversity studies using Odonata, Lepidoptera and Formicidae as model groups, in order to use their potential as bioindicators in monitoring programs of their communities in both rural and urban environments. I am also interested in the study of the evolutionary and biogeographic causes that have led some species of ants to acquire their current distribution patterns.

Currently the work of my thesis focuses on biodiversity analysis of ants in urban green areas and exploring what environmental factors influence their communities. Because of the nature of my research I am in close contact with citizen science platforms. I believe community science is an incredible analytical and educational tool.

Resaerchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Diego_Collar
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