Winer Daniel Reyes Corral

McGill University
Cracking seeds: Co-evolution and interactions between plants and Darwin's finches

This study focus on the evolutionary dynamics of Darwin’s finches and the plant species, Tribulus cistoides to address how their ecological interaction affects the evolution of these species. In this context, I am focusing on Tribulus to address the question: How are plants evolving in response to predation by finches? To answer this question would quantify the phenotypic variation in natural populations across islands, perform selection experiments based on mark and recapture and quantitative genetics and genomics to see what the genetic basis of the phenotype variation are observed in Tribulus that could be related to the finch interaction. This would give us a new perspective on how species co-evolve and how important in their ecological interactions in the selection of specific traits