Island biodiversity (and extinction)

Welcome to the website of Luis Valente and his team.  We use fieldwork, phylogenetic, genomic and modelling approaches to reconstruct diversification dynamics over evolutionary time scales. We work on a variety of organisms (plants, birds and mammals) from marine islands and continental biodiversity hotspots. 

We are part of the Understanding Evolution group of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and of the Theoretical & Evolutionary Community Ecology group of the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences.

Myzopoda bat (picture by Chien C. Lee)