Manuel Serra
Professor of Ecology
ICBiBE Research Lab: e3 (Evolutionary Ecology)


"The entire process is exentropic owing to the flow of energy from the sun to the outer space but the local processes may lead to great order such as a rotifer, a sonnet, or the smile on the face of Mona Lisa." (Harold J. Morowitz, 1980. Entropy for Biologists. Academic Press; page 169)"

My research interest is on population and evolutionary biology, where I combine theoretical and empirical approaches. Using rotifers as a model organism, I focus on the ecological and evolutionary implications of cyclical parthenogenesis, the adaptation to environmental fluctuations, and cryptic speciation, competitor coexistence and complex dynamics.

Selected publications

1998 - Aparici, E., M.J. Carmona & M. Serra (1998). Sex allocation in haplodiploid cyclical parthenogens with density-dependent proportion of males. Am. Nat. 152: 654-659.
2002 - Gómez, A., M. Serra, G.R. Carvalho & D.H. Lunt (2002). Speciation in ancient cryptic complexes: evidence from the molecular phylogeny of Brachionus plicatilis (Rotifera). Evolution 56: 1431-1444.
2009 - Carmona, M.J., N. Dimas-Flores, E.M. García-Roger & M. Serra (2009). Selection of low investment in sex in a cyclically parthenogenetic rotifer. J. Evol. Biol. 22: 1975–1983.
2001 - Ciros, J., M.J. Carmona & M. Serra (2001). Resource competition between sympatric sibling rotifer species. Limnol. Ocean. 44: 1511-1523.
2010 - Tortajada, A.M., M.J. Carmona & M. Serra (2010). Effects of population outcrossing on rotifer fitness. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:312.

Headquarters (Scientific Park, Main Building)

Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE)

University of Valencia


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