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Lasioglossum (Dialictus) spp in white flower

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Patricia Landaverde

Patricia Landaverde-González

Patricia Landaverde-González

Patricia Landaverde-González

Research

My principal interests are oriented on understanding of biodiversity and evolution through:

  • Genetics (population      genetics, molecular ecology, landscape genetics, phylogenetics and      evolution)
  • Ecology (biodiversity,      pollination ecology)
  • Conservation (conservation      genetics and biology and ecosystem services).

My principal geographical area of research is in the Neo-tropics, more specifically the cultural and geological variable Mesoamerica, which is considered a hotspot for biodiversity (Mittermeier et al 2004). Nevertheless I am also really curious about the dynamic of populations of pollinators in others regions of the world.

At present I focus on understanding the effects of habitat fragmentation and land use at different levels of biodiversity on populations of native bees in Mesoamerica and Germany. Until now I observed that small-scale Maya traditional milpa practices may enhance fruit set and selectively favour ground-nesting bees. With respect to interaction networks in Netropical areas it seems that they are robust within one year, however, the same appears to be negatively impacted in extreme weather conditions, particularly in areas of coffee plantations where severe deforestation is reported.  Besides I also found that native neotropical wild pollinators may be resistant to moderate habitat loss at the genetic level and therefore potentially able to deliver pollination service for both native and crop plants, however we do not know how resistant they can be in the face of climate change and I interested to understand their potential threat under this conditions. I also describe hidden diversity in the cryptic Lasioglossum (Dialictus) spp. of Yucatán and feel interested of this group from the rest of Mesoamérica.

My future goals are oriented to understand distribution of biodiversity of Neotropical bees that can give hints to understand global patterns and to study the different types of traditional agriculture for understand how they affect biodiversity principally of pollinators and the Ecosystem services that they provide.

Partamona bilineata

Partamona bilineata

Partamona bilineata

Curriculum vitae

  • PhD. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg . June 2017
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science with a speciality in Systematics. Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México. July 2009.
  • Biology (Licenciatura), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. October 2004.

Societies

Rewards

Prices

  • Magna cum laude for the      doctoral thesis. 2017. Martin Luther university Halle-Wittenberg.
  • Honorary mention for thesis      and academic records. 2009. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • Best thesis by the Biology school.      Pharmacological Faculty of 2004. San Carlos University of Guatemala.      Guatemala 2007.
  • Award      for      Best Research Project 2002 by DIGI (General Direction of Research) on:      Parental gene frequencies at Triatoma      dimidiata in a village in Guatemala

Scholarships and supplements

  • Grant from the      Directorate-General for Science and Research 2018 (DIGI in Spanish), San      Carlos University of Guatemala, for research into the network and      pollination services of bees in coffee in Guatemala. ~ 30,000.00 €
  • DAAD-STIBET for the final financing of      the doctorate 2015-2016. 500 € month
  • DAAD doctoral scholarship 2012-2015.      1,000 € month
  • Genetic Society's      "Heredity Fieldwork Grant" for field work in Central America ~ €      1,600
  • Welcome Trust Scholarship of      the Sanger Institute for the Workshop: Working with Pathogen Genomes in      Montevideo, Uruguay. 2011.
  • DGEP-UNAM Scholarship 2007-2009      for the Masters scholarship at UNAM. ~ 500 €
  • Travel grant from REGENEC      for participation in the conservation award "Conservation      genetics" in Caracas, Venezuela.

Publications

  1. Landaverde-González, P., Baltz, L., Escobedo, N., Mérida, J., Paxton, R., and Husemann, M. (2018) Recent low levels of differentiation in the native Bombus ephippiatus (Hymenoptera: Apidae) along two Neotropical mountain-ranges in Guatemala. Biodiversity and conservation 27(13):3513-3531. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-018-1612-0
  2. Enríquez,      E., Landaverde, P., Lima, R.,      Núñez-Farfán, J., Solórzano, E., & Tapia-López, R. (2018). Population      genetics of traditional landraces of Cucurbita pepo L., 1753 in the      cloud forest in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 65(3),      979-991. doi: 10.1007/s10722-017-0589-y
  3. Ziv,      G., Hassall, C., Bartkowski, B., Cord, A.F., Kaim, A., Kalamandeen, M., Landaverde-González, P., Melo,      J.L.B., Seppelt, R., Shannon, C., Václavík, T., Zoderer, B.M., Beckmann,      M. (2018) A bird’s eye view over ecosystem services in Natura 2000 sites      across Europe. Ecosystem Services. 30B:287-298. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.08.011
  4. Landaverde-González, P.,      Quezada-Euán, J., Theodorou, P., Murray, T., Ayala, R., Moo-Valle, J.,      Husemann, M. Vandame, R. Paxton, R. (2017). Sweat bees on hot chillies:      provision of pollination services by native bees in traditional      slash-and-burn agriculture in the Yucatan Peninsula of tropical Mexico. Journal      of Applied Ecology. 54(6), 1814-1824. doi:      10.1111/1365-2664.12860
  5. Landaverde-González, P.,      Moo-Valle, J., Murray, T., Paxton, R., Quezada-Euán, J., & Husemann,      M. (2017). Cryptic sympatric lineage divergence in Neotropical sweat bees      (Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lasioglossum (Dialictus)). Organism diversity and evolution, 17(1),      251-265.
  6. Landaverde-González,      P.,      Enríquez, E., Ariza, M. A., Murray, T., Paxton, R. J., & Husemann, M.      (2017 ). Fragmentation in the clouds? The population genetics of the      native bee Partamona bilineata (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini) in the      cloud forests of Guatemala. Conservation      Genetics, 18(3), 631-643. doi: 10.1007/s10592-017-0950-x.
  7. Landaverde,      P., Escobedo, N., Calderón, C., Enríquez, E., & Monroy, C. (2012). The      incidence of three honey bee viruses in collapsing colonies in Guatemala. Journal of Apicultural Research,      51 (1), 133 - 135.
  8. Melgar, S., Chávez, J.,      Landaverde, P., Herrera, F., Rodas, A., Enríquez, E., Dorn, P.,      Monroy, C. (2007). The number of families of Triatoma dimidiata in      a Guatemalan house. Mem Inst      Oswaldo Cruz, 102(2), 221-223.
Bombus ephippiatus. Cloud forest

Bombus ephippiatus. Cloud forest

Bombus ephippiatus. Cloud forest

Talks

  • Landaverde, P. Quezada-Euan, J. Theodorus, P. Paxton, R. Pollination services provided by sweat bees to habanero chilli in slash-and-burn tropical agriculture in the Yucatan peninsula, mexico. XI International Symposium on Pollination 16-20 April 2018. Berlin Germany
  • Pardo Villegas, P. Landaverde, P., Wagner, S. Vegetation-Based Indicators for Assessing Ecosystem Services of Cacao Agroforestry Systems, Buffer Zone of Abiseo River National Park, Peru. Tropentag 2017. Bonn, Germany. September 20-22 2017.
  • Landaverde, P. Baltz, L, Enriquez, E, Paxton, R, Husemann, M. The effect of land-use and environment on the population genetics of two native bees in Guatemala. Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. 20-25th august 2017. Groningen. Netherland.
  • Landaverde, P., Murray TE, Paxton RJ. 2nd Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics – From Research to Applications. 5th-6th October 2016. Göttingen, Germany.
  • Landaverde, P. Discussion and participant in workshop Fawkes II-ESCALATE (UFZ). “Trade-offs and synergies between Nature Conservation and Ecosystem Services in Protected Areas” 25th-28th july 2016. Leeds University. United Kingdom.
  • Landaverde, P., Murray TE, Quezada-Euan JJG, Theodoru P, Paxton RJ.  Sweat bees on hot chilies: pollination services provided by native bees in slash-and-burn tropical agriculture in Yucatan, Mexico. Resilience of Tropical Ecosystems. Abstract book from Future Challenges and opportunities. Annual meeting of the Society for Tropical Ecology. Zurich, Switzerland, 7-10 April 2015. ISBN 978-3-00-048918-1.  362 pp.
  • Landaverde, Patricia. Husemann, Martin. Murray, Tomás. Quezada-euán, Javier. Paxton, Robert.  Discovering hidden biodiversity in Lasioglossum (Dialictus) and its relationship to habitat loss. Discovering hiding biodiversity. Mitteilungen des entomologischen Vereins Stuttgart. 11. Hymenopterologen-Tagung in Stuttgart. 3-5th October 2014.  Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. ISSN 0937-5198. 56pp.
  • Landaverde P., Murray TE, Quezada-Euan JJG, Paxton RJ. Descubriendo la diversidad oculta de grupos de Lasioglossum (Dialictus). Abstract book. I Congreso Latinoamericano de Génetica para la conservación.  REGENEC: Red de Genética de la Conservación. 5-9 may 2014. Macuto, Estado Vargas, Venezuela.
  • Landaverde P., Murray TE, Quezada-Euan JJG, Paxton RJ. Biodiversity loss in Mesoamerica: investigating the impact of hábitat fragmentation on bees. Section: Genetic diversity of Lasioglossum (Dialictus) bees from Yucatán. SSMPG Summer School 2013: Software and Statistical Methods for Population Genetics, June 17th-21st 2013, Aussois (Savoie)
  • Landaverde P., Murray TE, Quezada-Euan JJG, Paxton RJ. Biodiversity loss in Mesoamerica: investigating the impact of habitat fragmentation on bees. Section: Discovering hidden biodiversity. Mitteilungen des entomologischen Vereins Stuttgart. 10. Hymenopterologen-Tagung in Stuttgart. 5-7th October 2012. Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. ISSN 0937-5198. 50pp.

Poster

  • Landaverde, P. Baltz, L, Enriquez, E, Paxton, R, Husemann, M. Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. ESEB 20-25th august 2017. Groningen. Netherland.
  • Pardo Villegas, P. Landaverde, P., Wagner, S. Vegetation-Based  Indicators for Assessing Ecosystem Services of Cacao Agroforestry  Systems, Buffer Zone of Abiseo River National Park, Peru. Tropentag  2017. Bonn, Germany. September 20-22 2017.
  • Landaverde, P., Murray TE, Paxton RJ. Investigating the   impact of agricultural land use on bee biodiversity and their   pollination service in Mesoamerica.Poster presentation in ESCALATE  Evaluation. UFZ-Leipzig. 4th May 2016.
  • Landaverde P., Murray TE, Quezada-Euan JJG, Paxton RJ. Biodiversity loss in Mesoamerica: investigating the impact of habitat fragmentation on bees. Abstract at the th European Conference of Apidology, 3-7th September 2012. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. P. 296.
  • Landaverde, P., Escobedo, N., Calderon, C., Enriquez, E. & Monroy, MC. The incidence of honey bee viruses in collapsing colonies in Guatemala. Abstract at the 8th COLOSS Conference Meeting, 1-3rd September 2012. Martin-Luther-Universität. Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.
  • Flores R., Honrubia M., Landaverde P., Che G., Maldonado M. & García J. 2011. New species of Boletus edulis group in Guatemala and Central America. Abstract at the 6th International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms-IWEMM-6, Rabat, Morocco, April 6-10, 2011. P. 51.

Languages

  • Spanish:           Mother tongue
  • English:            TOEFL-IBT  100/120, Januar 2011
  • Portuguese:      Intermediate spoken, written and reading
  • German:           Intermediate-Advanced (B2), September 2013

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