Miguel A. Cruz

My main research interests concern inter-specific reproductive interactions, host-parasite interactions and molecular ecology.
With my current project, I aim to shed light on how reproductive and competitive interactions shape the evolution of reproductive isolation and coexistence between incipient species. My research mostly relies on laboratory experiments (incl. experimental evolution) using two genetically differentiated colour forms of the spider mite Tetranychus urticae.
I am doing my PhD under the co-supervision of Flore Zélé at ISEM, and Sara Magalhães and Vítor Sousa at cE3c (https://ce3c.ciencias.ulisboa.pt; see also https://mitesquad.weebly.com).