Adela González Megías

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Adela González-Megías is a senior lecturer (Associate Professor) of the Zoology Department at the University of Granada (UGR). She got her PhD in 2001 in UGR studying the effect of altitude in beetle distribution at different spatial scales and organisation levels. From mid 2001 to the end of 2003, she moved to UK for two postdoctoral stays at the University of Leeds and later at York University under the supervision of Prof. Chris Thomas. During these years, she focused on the effect of global warming on insect diversity and on herbivore-parasitoid interactions. She returned at the UGR as a postdoctoral fellow in 2004. From 2007 to 2009 she was an Assistant Professor (a lecturer) at the UGR. 

 

Adela develops her work mainly on the multitrophic antagonistic interactions taking place between plant and herbivorous insects, both above- and belowground, and their indirect consequences for other, mostly mutualistic interactions simultaneously maintained by the plant. She also focuses on how human induced environmental change affect plant-based terrestrial food webs with special interest in rainfall alteration. She uses an experimental approach that goes from lab-based mesocosms to landscape studies. Recently, she is also focused on how plants can response to the stress provoked by the herbivores and this jeopardizes their ability to display adaptive plasticity. 

Adela teaches Zoology in the Biology degree and Conservation and Management of animals and plants in the Environmental Sciences degree. Adela´s teaching also included two Master´s courses, Invasion ecology and Conservation at species and population level. She has supervised two PhD students, as is currently supervising another one. She collaborates as a regular reviewer for several top journals and participates in national and international committees.