From left to right: Eduardo Belda, Juan José Sanz, Santiago Merino,
Juan Antonio Fargallo, Diego Gil, Juan Carlos Senar, Ismael Galván and Emilio Barba.
Our main target is determining whether the interaction between sexual selection and demography in different environments might give rise to local adaptations (divergent selection) in species with similar ecological needs. If sexual selection acts along with natural selection favouring particular phenotipic or genetic traits which increase offspring fitness, then sexual selection might accelerate the adaptation of the species to novel environmental conditions.
The Network includes 9 research groups, with long experience in the topics under study, belonging to prestigious Spanish universities and research institutions (University of Valencia, Polithecnic Univesrsity of Valencia, University of Granada, National Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum of Sciences of Barcelona, and Doñana Biological Station). It includes specialists on bird song, plumage coloration, immunity, parasitism, demography, reproduction, etc., working with different species in several representative Mediterranean habitats, which allows a multidisciplinar approach.
The main actions proposed are:
(1) To promote collaboration between research groups,
(2) To promote international leadership,
(3) To disseminate results to the public, and
(4) To promote the continuity of the network.