Alex Richter-Boix

Research Scientist

Main Focus

During my doctoral and postdoctoral studies, my research aimed to understand the mechanisms of ecological adaptation and the relationship between spatial variations in ecological conditions and differentiation. This included examining the impacts of anthropogenic alterations such as global warming, landscape changes, and invasive species. Working with populations that were potentially connected through migrations highlighted the tension between the differentiating effect of selection under distinct environmental conditions and the homogenizing effect of gene flow. To investigate these questions, I employed a wide range of approaches, including collecting field data, conducting quantitative genetic studies, and utilizing molecular population genetics techniques. Currently, I am part of the team led by Frederic Bartumeus (CEAB-CSIC), focusing on the ecological aspects of mosquito-borne diseases. We study the population dynamics of both the vectors and the reservoirs (birds), as well as the dispersal capacity of these organisms.

International collaborations

  • Anssi Laurila, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • María Quintela, Department of Population Genetics, Institute of Marine Research (Norway)
  • María Cortazar, Department of Genetics, Lund University (Sweden)

Curriculum Vitae

2023 - Present Coordinator of European projects at the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) (Spain)
2020 - 2022 Postdoctoral researcher at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) (Spain)
2019 - 2020 Senior Research Support Technician at Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) (Spain)
2018 - 2019 Scientific Communication Technician at Vall d’Hebron Hospital (Spain)
2013 - 2017 Associate Researcher at the Department of Ecology and Genetics at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University (Sweden)
2010 - 2010 Visiting scientist at the National University of Misiones (Posadas, Argentina)
2007 - 2012 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Ecology and Genetics at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University (Sweden)
2006 - 2007 Associate Researcher at the Department of Animal Biology, University of Barcelona (UB) (Spain)
2006 - 2006 Visiting scientist at the Biological Station of Estación Doñana (CSIC) (Spain)
2002 - 2006 PhD thesis “Structure of an Anuran community in a Mediterranean area” at the University of Barcelona (UB) (Spain)
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