Dr Leonel Herrera Alsina

Dr Leonel Herrera Alsina
Dr Leonel Herrera Alsina

Dr Leonel Herrera Alsina

Research Fellow


Research Overview

During my PhD I worked on how diversification rates change according the evolution of a trait. I also looked into the dynamic of species range expansion and contraction driven by ecological and geographic constraints and how this affects diversification rates. I finished my PhD (November 2019) with the thesis: "Species selection and the spatial distribution of diversity". Besides my interest in evolutionary biology, I have some work on how the morphology of species informs on ecological processes like community assembly and character displacement. Now, I am a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen where I am studying spatial patterns of richness and macroevolution in the Wallacea region.


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  • Ecomorphological structure of avian communities changes upon arrival of wintering species

    Malpica, A., Covarrubias, S., Villegas-Patraca, R., Herrera-Alsina, L.
    Basic and Applied Ecology, vol. 24, pp. 60-67
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Digestive capacity predicts diet diversity in Neotropical frugivorous bats

    Saldaña-Vázquez, R. A., Ruiz-Sanchez, E., Herrera-Alsina, L., Schondube, J. E.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 84, no. 5, pp. 1396-1404
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Migration of Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) and its variable annual risk from wind power facilities across the Tehuantepec Isthmus

    Villegas-Patraca, R., Herrera-Alsina, L.
    Journal for Nature Conservation , vol. 25, pp. 72-76
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Biologic interactions determining geographic range size: a one species response to phylogenetic community structure

    Herrera-Alsina, L., Villegas-Patraca, R.
    Ecology and Evolution, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 968-976
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Soaring Migratory Birds Avoid Wind Farm in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Southern Mexico

    Villegas-Patraca, R., Cabrera-Cruz, S. A., Herrera-Alsina, L.
    PloS ONE, vol. 9, no. 3, 0092462
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Bird communities and wind farms: a phylogenetic and morphological approach

    Herrera-Alsina, L., Villegas-Patraca, R., Eguiarte, L. E., Arita, H. T.
    Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 2821-2836
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Bird-Community Shifts in Relation to Wind Farms: A Case Study Comparing a Wind Farm, Croplands, and Secondary Forests in Southern Mexico

    Villegas-Patraca, R., MacGregor-Fors, I., Ortiz-Martínez, T., Pérez-Sánchez, C. E., Herrera-Alsina, L., Muñoz-Robles, C.
    Condor, vol. 114, no. 4, pp. 711-719
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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