Daniel Montesinos

Senior Research Fellow

PhD, CSIC/University of Valencia, 2007

MSc, CIBEB/University of Valencia, 2002

BSc, University of Valencia, 1999


E2.204, Sir Robert Norman Building (E2), James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns, QLD 4870


+61 (0)7 4232 1584






I am broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of plants.My main focus of research is on the rapid evolution of locally adapted traits of invasive species across broad biogeographical scales, with a special focus on reproduction and reproductive systems.

Biogeographic comparisons of closely related invasive and non-invasive species provide novel insights into invasive ecology, with important scientific and management implications. My work exemplifies how even non-invasive exotic species are adapting constantly to their non-native ranges, and that many of the trait-shifts detected between native and non-native ranges of invasive species are frequently found also for less successful non-invasive exotics. Our results suggest that local adaptation and reproductive isolation can occur at fastest rates than it was previously thought, and might have broad biogeographic implications for the understanding of allopatry and speciation processes, as well as for the understanding of invasive dynamics.

I am the Editor-in-chief of Web Ecology, and Coordinating Editor of the Nordic Journal of Botany (Diversity, conservation, biogeography). Follow me on Twitter @plant_ecology.


33 *  Hierro, J.L.; Eren, Ö.; Montesinos, D.; Andonian, K.; Kethsuriani, L.; Diaconu, A.; Török, K.; Cavieres, L.; French, K. (2020) Increments in weed seed size track global range expansion and contribute to colonization in a non-native region. Biological Invasions 22: 969-982. IF=3.05 – Q1. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02137-z

32  *  Irimia, R.E.; Lopes, S.M.M.; Sotes, G.; Cavieres, L.A.; Eren, Ö.; Lortie, C.J.; French, K.F.; Hierro, J.L.; Pinho e Melo, T.M.V.D.; Montesinos, D. (2019) Biogeographic differences in the allelopathy of leaf surface extracts of an invasive weed. Biological Invasions 21:3151-3168. IF=3.05 – Q1-Top 10% https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-019-02038-1

31.- Montesinos, D.(2019) Forest ecological intensification. Trends in Plant Science 24: 485-486. IF=12.15 – Q1. DOI:10.1016/j.tplants.2019.03.009

30.- Montesinos, D.; Graebner, R.C.; Callaway, R.M. (2019) Evidence for Evolution of Increased Competitive Ability for invasive Centaurea solstitialis, but not for non-invasive C. calcitrapaBiological Invasions 21:99-110. IF=3.05 – Q1. DOI:10.1007/s10530-018-1807-z

29.- Montesinos, D.; Castro, S.; French, K.; Rodríguez-Echeverría, S. (2018) Diminishing importance of acacia seed elaiosomes for ant seed dispersal on their non-native regions. Evolutionary Ecology 32:601-621. IF=2.13 – Q2. DOI:10.1007/s10682-018-9959-y

28.- Montesinos, D.; Callaway, R.M. (2018) Traits correlate with invasive success more than plasticity: a comparison of three Centaurea congeners. Ecology and Evolution 8: 7378-7385. IF=2.44 – Q2. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4080

27.- Becerra, P.I.; Catford, J.; Inderjit; Luce, M.; Andonian, K.; Aschehoug E.T.; Montesinos, D.; Callaway, R.M. (2018)  Inhibitory effects of Eucalyptus globulus on understory plant growth and species richness are greater in non-native regions.Global Ecology and Biogeography 27: 68-76. IF=6.05 – Q1-Top10%. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12676

26.- Irimia, R.E.; Montesinos, D.; Eren, Ö.; French, K.; Cavieres, L.; Sotes, G.; Hierro, J.L.; Jorge, A.; and Loureiro, J. (2017) Extensive analysis of native and non-native Centaurea solstitialisL. populations across the world shows no traces of polyploidization. PeerJ5: e3531. IF=2.18 – Q1. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3531

25.- Montesinos, D.; Callaway R.M. (2017) Intermediate inheritance of competitive ability for inter-regional hybrids of the invasive Centaurea solstitialis. Ecography 40: 801-802. IF=4.90 – Q1-Top10%.DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02653 

24.- Filipe, C.J.;Montesinos, D. (2016) Inter-regional hybrids of native and non-native Centaurea sulphurea inherit increased competitive ability from the non-natives. Plant Ecology and Diversity 149: 228-232. IF=1.81 – Q2. DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2016.1261950

23.- Correia, M.; Montesinos, D.; French, K.; Rodríguez-Echeverría, S. (2016) Evidence for enemy release and increased seed production and size for two invasive Australian acacias. Journal of Ecology 104: 1391-1399. IF=5.81 – Q1-Top10%. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12612

22.- Montesinos, D; Castro, S; Rodríguez-Echeverría, S. (2016) Two invasive acacia species secure generalist pollinators in invaded communities. Acta Oecologica: 74: 46-55. IF=1.65 – Q3. DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2016.06.002

21.- Xiao, S.; Callaway, R.M.; Graebner, R.; Hierro, J.;Montesinos, D.*(2016) Modeling the relative importance of ecological factors in exotic invasion: the origin of competitors matters but disturbance in the non-native range tips the balance. Ecological Modelling 335: 39-47. IF=2.36 – Q2. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.05.005

20.- Filipe, J.C.; Jorge, A; Eren, Ö.; Sotes, G; Hierro, J.; Montesinos, D.(2016) Invasive and non-invasive congeneric Centaurea show contrasting patterns of herbivory by snails. Plant Ecology and Evolution 149:228-232. IF=1.01 – Q3. DOI: 10.5091/plecevo.2016.1231

19.- Sotes, G.J; Cavieres, L.A; Montesinos, D.; Pereira Coutinho, A.X.; Peláez, W.J.; Lópes, S.M.M.; Pinho e Melo, T.M.V.D. (2015) Inter-regional variation on leaf surface defenses in native and non-native Centaurea solstitialis plants. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 62: 208-218. IF=0.93 – Q4.DOI: 10.1016/j.bse.2015.09.003

18.- Montesinos, D.; Oliveira, P. (2015) Reproductive ecology of buzz pollinated Ouratea spectabilis trees (Ochnaceae) on Brazilian cerrados. Web Ecology14 (1): 79-84. IF=0.94 – Q4. DOI: 10.5194/we-14-79-2014 

17.- Montesinos, D.; Fabado, J. (2015) Changes in land use and physiological transitions of a Juniperus thurifera forest: from decline to recovery. Canadian Journal of Forest Reseach 45: 746-769. IF=1.83 – Q1.DOI: 10.1139/cjfr-2014-0468

16.- Montesinos, D.(2015) Plant–plant interactions: from competition to facilitation. Web Ecology 15: 1-2. IF=0.94 – Q4.DOI: 10.5194/we-15-1-2015

15.- Eriksen, R.L.; Hierro, J.L.; Eren, Ö.; Andonian K.; Török, K.; Becerra, P.I.; Montesinos D.;Khetsuriani, L.; Diaconu. A.; Kesseli, R. (2014) Dispersal pathways and genetic differentiation among worldwide populations of the invasive weed Centaurea solstitialisL. (Asteraceae). PLOS ONE9 (12): e114786. IF=2.81 – Q1. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114786

14.- Callaway, R.M; Montesinos, D; Williams, K.; Maron, J.L. (2013) Native congeners provide biotic resistance to invasive Potentilla through soil biota. Ecology94 (6): 1223-1229. IF=4.81 – Q1. DOI: 10.1890/12-1875.1

13.- García, Y., Callaway, R. M., Diaconu, A.; Montesinos, D.(2013). Invasive and non-invasive congeners show similar trait shifts between their same native and non-native ranges. PLOS ONE8 (12): e82281. IF=2.81 – Q1. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082281

12.- Montesinos, D; Santiago, G.; Callaway, R.M. (2012) Neo-allopatry and rapid reproductive isolation. The American Naturalist, 180 (4): 529-533. IF=4.17 – Q1. DOI: 10.1086/667585 Highlighted in Nature(2013) 502:7

11.- Montesinos, D.(2012) Type I error hinders recycling: a response to Rohr & Martin. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27 (6): 311-312. IF=15.27 – Q1-Top10%. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.03.003

10.- He, W.M., Montesinos, D., Thelen, G.C.; Callaway, R.M. (2012) Growth and competitive effects of Centaurea stoebe populations in response to simulated nitrogen deposition. PLOS ONE, 7, e36257. IF=2.81 – Q1.  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036257

9.- Montesinos, D; García-Fayos, P. and Verdú, M. (2012) Masting uncoupling: mast seeding does not follow all mast flowering episodes in a dioecious juniper tree. Oikos, 118, 529-538. IF=4.03 – Q1. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20399.x

8.- Montesinos, D; Castro, S. & Rodríguez-Echeverría, S. (2012) Invasive acacias experience higher ant seed removal rates at the invasion edges. Web Ecology, 12, 33-37. IF=0.94 – Q4. DOI: 10.5194/we-12-33-2012

7.- Ryan Graebner, Ragan M. Callaway, Daniel Montesinos(2012) Invasive species grows faster, competes better, and shows greater evolution toward increased seed size and growth than exotic non-invasive congeners. Plant Ecology 213 (4): 545-553. IF=1.83 – Q2. DOI: 10.1007/s11258-012-0020-x

6.- Montesinos, D; Villar, P;García-Fayos, P. and Verdú, M. (2012) Genders in Juniperus thurifera have different functional responses to variations in nutrient availability. New Phytologist 193 (3): 705-712. IF=7.33 – Q1-Top10%. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03982.x

5.- Montesinos, D; García-Fayos, P. and Verdú, M. (2010) Relictual distribution reaches the top: Elevation constrains fertility and leaf longevity in Juniperus thuriferaActa Oecologica 36:120-125. IF=1.65 – Q3. DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2009.10.010

4.- Hierro, J.L; Eren, Ö; Khetsuriani, L; Diaconu, A; Török, K,Montesinos, D; Andonian, K; Kikodze, D; Janoian, L; Villareal, D; Estanga-Mollica, M.E; and Callaway, R.M. (2009) Germination responses of an invasive species in native and  non-native ranges. Oikos118:529-538. IF=4.03 – Q1. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.17283.x

3.- Montesinos, D; Verdú, M; and García-Fayos, P. (2007) Moms are better nurses than dads: sex biased self-facilitation in a dioecious juniper tree. Journal of Vegetation Science18 (2): 271-280. IF=2.92 – Q1. DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2007.tb02538.x

2.- Montesinos, D; De Luís, M; Verdú, M; Raventós, J; and García-Fayos, P. (2006) When, how and how much: gender-specific resource use strategies in the dioecious tree Juniperus thurifera. Annals of Botany: 98 (4): 885-889. IF=4.04 – Q1. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcl172

1.- Montesinos, D; García-Fayos, P; and Mateu, I. (2006) Conflicting selective forces underlying seed dispersal in the endangered plant Silene diclinisInternational Journal of Plant Sciences 167(1)103-110IF=1.75 – Q2.DOI: 10.1086/497843