I am José L. Blanco Pastor a postdoctoral researcher in the department of biological and environmental sciences at the University of Gothenburg, my research is focused on plant ecology and evolution.
My PhD dissertation with Pablo Vargas funded by a CSIC JAE-pre fellowship at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid focused on the effect of past Quaternary Climatic Oscillations on plant evolution using genus Linaria as a model. We put a special emphasis on the effect of past climate on gene flow at the species and population level.
My first postdoc project with Bernard Pfeil at the University of Gothenburg is funded by a Marie Curie IE Fellowship and aims to study patterns of hibridization and adaptation to climate in the model genus Medicago.
My second postdoc project with Jean-Paul Sampoux and Stèphanie Manel is funded by an Agreenskills fellowship and a ERA-NET+ FACCE-JPI project “Climate Smart Agriculture” call. In this project we aim to discover genetic variability involved in climatic adaptation and assess potential changes in the spatial distribution of adaptive diversity in Lolium perenne, a grass species prevalent in grasslands communities. We aim to design genetic pools expected to provide adaptation to future climatic conditions.