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I'm a Research Scientist from the National Spanish Research council (CSIC) at CREAF (Centre for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries). PhD at the Universitat de Barcelona (2000). Postdoc at McGill University (Québec, Canada) in Louis Lefebvre lab (2001-2003).

My research focuses on the ecological factors affecting spatial distribution and population dynamics of species, paying particular attention to the effects of human-induced environmental changes. I have also wide interest in conservation and the development and application of modelling tools to guide relevant conservation and management decision making. Part of my research has centred in agricultural and marine systems and species of conservation concern. Currently, I am mostly focusing on biological invasions, trying to understand which traits of species and the spatial configuration of habitat affect spatio-temporal dynamics of invasion trends as well as its potential consequences on risk predictions.

I am an ecologist interested in the causes and consequences of biodiversity variation, focusing my research on investigating which factors contribute to the structure and distribution of animal communities. I did my MSc thesis with Cesc Múrria at the University of Barcelona, integrating biogeography with functional richness and phylogenetic structure for examining the diversity patterns of aquatic communities. I continued my scientific training in CIBIO-InBIO at the University of Porto applying metabarcoding approaches for species detection and ecosystem management. Currently, I am developing my PhD thesis project based on the study of species response in front of habitat alterations and, particularly, how behaviour and life history interact to influence population dynamics on birds. 

I'm a PhD student, interested in the causes and consequences of life history variation. I combine models with comparative studies.

I am particularly interested in the role of the GIS as a tool to improve planning and management of biodiversity and natural resources conservation. In 2010 I fully joined the ETCSIA-UAB team giving support in the development of GIS tools for spatial and environmental data processing, and the implementation of methodologies for analyzing the effects of policies on environmental vectors (such as biodiversity, agricultural environment, etc.) at different scales, from regional to European level. In 2014 I started my thesis in Sol lab.

Information for prospective students

Graduate Students

I will usually consider qualified PhD students to join the Sol lab. Email (d.sol@creaf.uab.cat) or call me ((34) 93 581 46 78) if you're interested. I am especially interested in students with interests in statistics and animal ecology.

Postdoctoral Researchers

I don't currently have funding for new postdocs but would consider someone who wants to discuss an idea to apply for funding.

Former MSc, she did her PhD thesis at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) about brain evolution and she is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of St Andrews (UK).

Former Postdoc in the lab, he is now a consolidated researcher at EBD-CSIC (Doñana Biological Station), Seville, funded by a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship. He is broadly interested in understanding how global change drivers impact community structure and composition, and how those impacts translate to the ecosystem functioning. His work mostly focuses on plant-pollinator communities, which show complex responses to land use change, climate warming or biological invasions, and encapsulate a critical ecosystem function, pollination. Nacho has been co-PI in two projects of the lab.

Miquel Vall-Llosera

Former PhD student in the lab, he did a postdoc with Phill Cassey at the University of Adelaide (Australia) and currently holds a position as associate editor of PLoS-One. His main interests are biological invasions and conservation biology.


Former Postdoctoral fellow in the lab, he did his PhD at Bath University and has now a position in the Mexican CONACYT. His interests are broad, including sexual selection, quantitative biology and infectious diseases. 


Former PhD student in the lab, he is currently a researcher in CIRENYS (Chile) and associate researcher at the Universidad Católica de Chile. His interests aim to understand the causes and consequences, ecological and evolutionary, of the response of organisms to environmental changes, with special emphasis on those environmental disturbances of anthropic origin. He has been part of a long-term collaboration on the impact of urbanization on birds. 


Former PhD student in the lab, he moved to Boston as postdoc in Losos lab at Harvard and has recently returned at CREAF as associate researcher. He has broad interests in evolutionary biology, including comparative phylogenetics, behavioral ecology and global change biology.


Former MSc student in the lab, she did her PhD at Max-Planck Institute and is currently a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow at the Centre of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology in France. She is mainly interested in the ecology and evolution of behaviour.


Former Postdoctoral fellow, he did my PhD at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), and then I moved to the University of New South Wales (Australia). He is currently reseracher at the University of Washington in St Louis.

Former PhD student working in causes and consequences of variation in brain size in birds, he has been postodtoral fellow at the Unievrsity of Goteborg and is currently working at CBER (University College, London). 

Former postdoc, he is an evolutionary biologist interested in the processes that shaped current biodiversity and affect organisms' responses to environmental changes. I considered a range of animal model species to investigate specific mechanisms, and lead large scale comparative analyses to determine global patterns. He also did postdocs in Lefebvre lab at McGill University (Canada) and in Rick Shine's lab at the University of Sydney (Australia). He is interested in a broad array of topics, including cognition, sexual selection,  biological invasions, conservation biology and evolutionary biology. He is currently postdoc at Cambridge University.

Mar Unzeta

Former PhD student, her main interests are the evolution of life history strategies. She has been leading the research in jackdaws in the lab.

Contact: Daniel Sol

CREAF-CSIC (Centre for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries)
Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia E-08193, Spain
TEL: +34 93-5814678
E-MAIL: d.sol@creaf.uab.es

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