I am broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of plants. My main focus of research is on the rapid evolution of locally adapted traits of invasive species across broad biogeographical scales, with a special focus on reproduction and reproductive systems. Biogeographic comparisons of closely related invasive and non-invasive species provide novel insights into invasive ecology. Our results suggest that local adaptation and reproductive isolation can occur at fastest rates than it was previously thought, and might have broad biogeographic implications for the understanding of allopatry and speciation processes. Among other systems, I work on the ecology of invasive acacia trees (Acacia dealbata and A. longifolia), ecophysiology and reproductive trade-offs, and reproductive and conservation ecology. I am the Editor-in-Chief of Web Ecology the journal of the European Ecological Federation-EEF. I am also Coordinating Editor for the Nordic Journal of Botany. You can follow me on Twitter @plant_ecology.

Identificação pessoal

Nome completo
Daniel Montesinos

Nomes de citação

  • Montesinos, Daniel

Identificadores de autor

Ciência ID
Google Scholar ID
Researcher Id
Scopus Author Id
Grau Classificação
2002 - 2007
Ecologia Evolutiva das Plantas (Doutoramento)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Espanha
"Reproductive efficacy and environmental variability on the dioecious tree Juniperus thurifera" (TESE/DISSERTAÇÃO)
3 (0-3)
2000 - 2002
Biodiversidade e Biologia Evolutiva (Mestrado)
Universitat de València, Espanha
"Conflicting selective forces underlying seed dispersal in the endangered plant Silene diclinis" (TESE/DISSERTAÇÃO)
3 (0-3)
1994 - 1999
Licenciado em Biologia (Licenciatura)
Universitat de València, Espanha
2,2 (0-4)
Percurso profissional


Categoria Profissional
Instituição de acolhimento
2013/12 - Atual Investigador Auxiliar (carreira) (Investigação) Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2011/06 - 2013/12 Investigador (Investigação) Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2009/05 - 2011/04 Investigador (Investigação) The University of Montana, Estados Unidos


Categoria Profissional
Instituição de acolhimento
2019/03 - Atual Professor Convidado Universidade de Coimbra Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Portugal
Centro de Ecologia Funcional, Portugal
2019/03 - Atual Senior Research Fellow James Cook University - Cairns Campus, Austrália


Designação Financiadores
2015/11 - 2019/04 Neo-Allopatry. Invasive species as model systems for the study of the early stages of allopatric speciation.
Investigador responsável
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
2012 - 2016 ReproWeed - Invasiveness and reproductive isolation between native and non-native ranges of Centaurea weeds.
Investigador responsável
European Commission
2013/05 - 2015/04 Invasiveness and reproductive isolation among native and non-native ranges of Centaurea weeds.
Investigador responsável
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.

European Commission
2010/05 - 2013/10 Below and aboveground mutualisms in the invasion by Australian acacias: relevance on invasive dynamics and consequences for native ecosystems - MUTUALNET.
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.


Artigo em revista
  1. Montesinos, Daniel; Callaway, Ragan M.. "Soil and seed origins determine the success of invasive and non-invasive congeneric Centaurea species.". Ecology (2020): https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3141.
    Acesso aberto • Aceite para publicação • 10.1002/ecy.3141
  2. Beatriz Ferreira; Daniel Montesinos; Fátima Sales. "Mucilage in Portuguese Lamiaceae". Botany Letters (2020): https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2020.1790035.
  3. Montesinos, Daniel. "Increments in weed seed size track global range expansion and contribute to colonization in a non-native region". Biological Invasions (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02137-z.
  4. Montesinos, Daniel. "Biogeographic differences in the allelopathy of leaf surface extracts of an invasive weed". Biological Invasions (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02038-1.
  5. Montesinos, Daniel. "Forest Ecological Intensification". Trends in Plant Science (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2019.03.009.
  6. Daniel Montesinos; Ryan C. Graebner; Ragan M. Callaway. "Evidence for evolution of increased competitive ability for invasive Centaurea solstitialis, but not for naturalized C. calcitrapa". Biological Invasions 21 1 (2019): 99-110. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1807-z.
  7. Daniel Montesinos; Marta Correia; Sílvia Castro; Kristine French; Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría. "Diminishing importance of elaiosomes for acacia seed removal in non-native ranges". Evolutionary Ecology 32 6 (2018): 601-621. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10682-018-9959-y.
  8. Daniel Montesinos; Ragan M. Callaway. "Traits correlate with invasive success more than plasticity: A comparison of three Centaurea congeners". Ecology and Evolution 8 15 (2018): 7378-7385. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4080.
  9. Becerra, Pablo I.; Catford, Jane A.; Inderjit; McLeod, Morgan Luce; Andonian, Krikor; Aschehoug, Erik T.; Montesinos, Daniel; Callaway, Ragan M.. "Inhibitory effects of Eucalyptus globulus on understorey plant growth and species richness are greater in non-native regions". Global Ecology and Biogeography 27 1 (2018): 68-76. http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=ORCID&SrcApp=OrcidOrg&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=WOS_CPL&KeyUT=WOS:000418125800008&KeyUID=WOS:000418125800008.
  10. Ramona-Elena Irimia; Daniel Montesinos; Özkan Eren; Christopher J. Lortie; Kristine French; Lohengrin A. Cavieres; Gastón J. Sotes; et al. "Extensive analysis of native and non-native Centaurea solstitialis L. populations across the world shows no traces of polyploidization". PeerJ 5 (2017): e3531-e3531. https://doi.org/10.7717%2Fpeerj.3531.
  11. Daniel Montesinos; Ragan M. Callaway. "Inter-regional hybrids of native and invasive Centaurea solstitialis display intermediate competitive ability". Ecography 40 7 (2017): 801-802. https://doi.org/10.1111%2Fecog.02653.
  12. Xiao, S.; Callaway, R.M.; Graebner, R.; Hierro, J.L.; Montesinos, D.. "Modeling the relative importance of ecological factors in exotic invasion: The origin of competitors matters, but disturbance in the non-native range tips the balance". Ecological Modelling 335 (2016): 39-47. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84969568057&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  13. Correia, M.; Montesinos, D.; French, K.; Rodríguez-Echeverría, S.; Correia, Marta; Montesinos, Daniel; French, Kristine; Rodríguez-Echeverría, Susana. "Evidence for enemy release and increased seed production and size for two invasive Australian acacias". Journal of Ecology 104 5 (2016): 1391-1399. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84977111913&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    Publicado • 10.1111/1365-2745.12612
  14. Montesinos, Daniel; Castro, Silvia; Rodriguez-Echeverria, Susana. "Two invasive acacia species secure generalist pollinators in invaded communities". Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 74 (2016): 46-55. http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=ORCID&SrcApp=OrcidOrg&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=WOS_CPL&KeyUT=WOS:000380082200006&KeyUID=WOS:000380082200006.
  15. Filipe, J.C.; Montesinos, D.. "Inter-regional hybrids of native and non-native Centaurea sulphurea inherit increased competitive ability from the non-natives". Plant Ecology and Diversity 9 4 (2016): 381-386. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85002397901&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  16. Filipe, Joao C.; Jorge, Andreia; Eren, Ozkan; Sotes, Gaston; Hierro, Jose; Montesinos, Daniel; Filipe, João; et al. "Invasive and non-invasive congeneric Centaurea (Asteraceae) show contrasting patterns of herbivory by snails". Plant Ecology and Evolution 149 2 (2016): 228-232. http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=ORCID&SrcApp=OrcidOrg&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=WOS_CPL&KeyUT=WOS:000379359100009&KeyUID=WOS:000379359100009.
    Publicado • 10.5091/plecevo.2016.1231
  17. Sotes, Gastón J.; Cavieres, Lohengrin A.; Montesinos, Daniel; Pereira Coutinho, António Xavier; Peláez, Walter José; Lopes, Susana M.M.; Pinho e Melo, Teresa M.V.D.. "Inter-regional variation on leaf surface defenses in native and non-native Centaurea solstitialis plants". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 62 62 (2015): 208-218.
    Publicado • 10.1016/j.bse.2015.09.003
  18. Montesinos, Daniel; Fabado, Javier. "Changes in land use and physiological transitions of a Juniperus thurifera forest: from decline to recovery". Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45 6 (2015): 764-769.
    Publicado • 10.1139/cjfr-2014-0468
  19. Montesinos, D.. "Plant-plant interactions: from competition to facilitation". Web Ecology 15 (2015): 1-2. http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=ORCID&SrcApp=OrcidOrg&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=WOS_CPL&KeyUT=WOS:000362567200001&KeyUID=WOS:000362567200001.
  20. D Montesinos; P Oliveira; MONTESINOS, D.; Oliveira, P.. "Reproductive ecology of buzz-pollinated Ouratea spectabilis trees (Ochnaceae) in Brazilian Cerrados". Web Ecology 14 1 (2015): 79-84. https://publons.com/publon/176856/.
    Publicado • 10.5194/WE-14-79-2014
  21. Daniel Montesinos; Javier Fabado. "Changes in land use and physiological transitions of a Juniperus thurifera forest: from decline to recovery". Canadian Journal of Forest Research (2015): https://publons.com/publon/176849/.
  22. Eriksen, Renée L.; Hierro, José L.; Eren, Özkan; Andonian, Krikor; Török, Katalin; Becerra, Pablo I.; Montesinos, Daniel; et al. "Dispersal Pathways and Genetic Differentiation among Worldwide Populations of the Invasive Weed Centaurea solstitialis L. (Asteraceae)". PLoS ONE 9 12 (2014): e114786-e114786. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0114786.
    Publicado • 10.1371/journal.pone.0114786
  23. Callaway, Ragan M.; Montesinos, Daniel; Williams, Kimberlyn; Maron, John L.. "Native congeners provide biotic resistance to invasive Potentilla through soil biota". Ecology 94 6 (2013): 1223-1229. http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/12-1875.1.
    Publicado • 10.1890/12-1875.1
  24. García, Yedra; Callaway, Ragan M.; Diaconu, Alecu; Montesinos, Daniel; Quigg, Antonietta; Yedra García; Ragan M. Callaway; Alecu Diaconu; Daniel Montesinos. "Invasive and Non-Invasive Congeners Show Similar Trait Shifts between Their Same Native and Non-Native Ranges". PLoS ONE 8 12 (2013): e82281-e82281. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0082281.
    Publicado • 10.1371/journal.pone.0082281
  25. Callaway, Ragan M.; Montesinos, Daniel; Williams, Kimberlyn; Maron, John L.. "Native congeners provide biotic resistance to invasive Potentilla through soil biota". Ecology 94 6 (2013): 1223-1229. http://hdl.handle.net/10316/33011.
  26. Montesinos, D.; Villar-Salvador, P.; García-Fayos, P.; Verdú, M.. "Genders in Juniperus thurifera have different functional responses to variations in nutrient availability". New Phytologist 193 3 (2012): 705-712. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03982.x/abstract.
    Publicado • 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03982.x
  27. Graebner, Ryan C.; Callaway, Ragan M.; Montesinos, Daniel. "Invasive species grows faster, competes better, and shows greater evolution toward increased seed size and growth than exotic non-invasive congeners". Plant Ecology 213 4 (2012): 545-553.
    Publicado • 10.1007/s11258-012-0020-x
  28. Montesinos, Daniel; García-Fayos, Patricio; Verdú, Miguel. "Masting uncoupling: mast seeding does not follow all mast flowering episodes in a dioecious juniper tree". Oikos 00 (2012): 00-00.
    Publicado • 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20399.x
  29. Montesinos, Daniel. "Type I error hinders recycling: a response to Rohr & Martin". Trends in Ecology and Evolution 00 (2012): 00-00.
    Publicado • 10.1016/j.tree.2012.03.003
  30. He, Wei-Ming; Montesinos, Daniel; Thelen, Giles C.; Callaway, Ragan M.; Kytöviita, Minna-Maarit. "Growth and Competitive Effects of Centaurea stoebe Populations in Response to Simulated Nitrogen Deposition". PLoS ONE 7 4 (2012): 36257-36257.
    Publicado • 10.1371/journal.pone.0036257
  31. Montesinos, Daniel; Santiago, Gilberto; Callaway, Ragan M.. "Neo-Allopatry and Rapid Reproductive Isolation". The American Naturalist 180 4 (2012): 529-533.
    Publicado • 10.1086/667585
  32. MONTESINOS, D.; Castro, S.; Rodríguez-Echeverría, S.. "Invasive acacias experience higher ant seed removal rates at the invasion edges". Web Ecology 12 1 (2012): 33-37. http://www.web-ecol.net/12/33/2012/we-12-33-2012.html.
    Publicado • 10.5194/we-12-33-2012
  33. Montesinos, D.; García-Fayos, P.; Verdú, M.. "Relictual distribution reaches the top: Elevation constrains fertility and leaf longevity in Juniperus thurifera". Acta Oecologica 36 1 (2010): 120-125. http://www.uv.es/dmontesi/papers/Montesinos2010RelictualReachesTheTopActaOecologica.pdf.
    Publicado • 10.1016/j.actao.2009.10.010
  34. Hierro, José L.; Eren, Özkan; Khetsuriani, Liana; Diaconu, Alecu; Török, Katalin; Montesinos, Daniel; Andonian, Krikor; et al. "Germination responses of an invasive species in native and non-native ranges". Oikos 118 4 (2009): 529-538.
    Publicado • 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.17283.x
  35. Montesinos, Daniel. "Juniperus thurifera: una especie dioica, vecera y relíctica". Ecosistemas 2007 16 (2007): 172-185. http://www.revistaecosistemas.net/pdfs/506.pdf.
  36. Montesinos, D.; Verdú, M.; García-Fayos, P.; Montesinos, Daniel; Verdú, Miguel; García-Fayos, Patricio. "Moms are better nurses than dads: Gender biased self-facilitation in a dioecious Juniperus tree". Journal of Vegetation Science 18 2 (2007): 271-280. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-34548646017&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    Publicado • 10.1658/1100-9233(2007)18[271:MABNTD]2.0.CO;2
  37. Montesinos, Daniel; Patricio García-Fayos; Isabel Mateu. "Conflicting selective forces underlying seed dispersal in the endangered plant Silene diclinis". International Journal of Plant Sciences 167 1 (2006): 103-110. http://www.uv.es/dmontesi/papers/Montesinos2006ConflictingSelectiveForcesIJPS.pdf.
    Publicado • 10.1086/497843
  38. MONTESINOS, D.. "When, How and How Much: Gender-specific Resource-use Strategies in the Dioecious Tree Juniperus thurifera". Annals of Botany 98 4 (2006): 885-889. http://www.uv.es/dmontesi/papers/Montesinos2006WhenHowandHowmuchAnnBot.pdf.
    Publicado • 10.1093/aob/mcl172
Capítulo de livro
  1. Montesinos, Daniel; Daniel García. "Matorrales arborescentes de Juniperus spp.". In Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España, 30-60. Madrid: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, 2009.
  2. Montesinos, Daniel; Daniel García. "Formaciones de Juniperus communis en brezales o pastizales calcáreos.". In Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España, 61-90. Madrid: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, 2009.
  3. Montesinos, Daniel; Rudinger Otto; José María Fernandez Palácios. "Bosques endémicos de Juniperus spp.". In Bases ecológicas preliminares para la conservación de los tipos de hábitat de interés comunitario en España., 91-120. Madrid: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, 2009.
  4. Montesinos, Daniel; Jaime Güemes. "Silene diclinis". In Atlas y Libro Rojo de la Flora Vascular Amenazada de España., 100-101. Madrid: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, 2003.


Título / Tema
Papel desempenhado
Curso (Tipo)
Instituição / Organização
2016 - 2020 Invasive species - ecological and genomic approaches towards understanding local adaptation and early allopatric speciation
Biociências (Doutoramento)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal
2018 - 2019 Interactive seed and mucilage identification key for Lamiaceae in Portugal
Biodiversidade e Biotecnologia Vegetal (Mestrado)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal
2012 - 2012 Above-ground mutualisms of Portuguese invasive acacia trees
Biologia (Licenciatura/Bacharelato)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2011 - 2011 Invasive species grows faster, competes better, and shows greater evolution toward increased seed size and growth than exotic non-invasive congeners
2011 - 2011 Neo-allopatry and rapid reproductive isolation
IM-SURE (Iniciação científica)
The University of Montana, Estados Unidos

Júri de grau académico

Tipo de participação
Nome do candidato (Tipo de grau)
Instituição / Organização
2015 (Nuria Pistón) Diversidad filogenética e interacciones entre plantas: consecuencias para la dinámica de comunidades vegetales (Doutoramento)
2013 Evolutionary ecology of reproduction in two mediterranean pine species: Pinus pinaster Ait. and Pinus halepensis Mill. Luís Santos (Doutoramento)
Universidad de Valladolid, Espanha

Arbitragem científica em revista

Nome da revista (ISSN) Editora
2013/08/01 - Atual Web Ecology Copernicus
Atual Biological Invasions
Atual Acta Oecologica
Atual Ecosystems
Atual European Journal of Forest Research
Atual Forest Ecology and Management
Atual Global Change Biology
Atual Journal of Arid Environments
Atual Journal of Biogeography
Atual Journal of Ecology
Atual Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Atual Journal of Vegetation Science
Atual PLoS ONE
Atual PLoS ONE
2013/08/15 - 2013/11/29 Web Ecology Copernicus

Comissão de avaliação

Descrição da atividade
Tipo de assessoria
Instituição / Organização Entidade financiadora
2018 - Atual Vice Chair of the evaluation panel for the European Commision's Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions.
European Research Agency, Bélgica

European Union, Bélgica
European Research Agency
2011 - 2017 Expert evaluator for the European Commission's Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions
European Research Agency
2012 - 2014 Expert evaluator for the Romanian Science Foundation
Romanian Science Foundation, Roménia

Membro de associação

Nome da associação Tipo de participação
2014/01 - Atual Sociedade Portuguesa de Ecologia
2002/01 - Atual Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre
2009/09 - 2012/09 Asociación Española de Biologia Evolutiva
2010/06 - 2011/05 Ecological Society of America

Outra distinção

2012 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Career Integration Grant
European Research Agency, Bélgica