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Dr. Luis Valente

Luis Valente
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin


  • Research Associate (DFG Eigene Stelle)
  • Research in the fields of island biogeography, evolutionary modelling and molecular phylogenetics


I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the origins of biodiversity in a geographical context. I use modelling, phylogenetic and genomic approaches to reconstruct diversification dynamics over evolutionary time scales. I work on a variety of organisms (plants, birds and mammals) from oceanic islands and continental biodiversity hotspots.

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Publications (Selection)

Valente L, Illera JC, Havenstein K, Pallien T, Etienne RS, Tiedemann R. Equilibrium bird species diversity in Atlantic islands (2017) Current Biology, 27, 1660-1666.

Valente L, Etienne RS, L Davalos. Recent extinctions disturb path to equilibrium diversity in Caribbean bats (2017) Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 26.

Patiño J, et al. A roadmap for island biology: 50 fundamental questions after 50 years of The Theory of Island Biogeography (2017) Journal of Biogeography, 44, 963-983.

Cabral JS, Valente L, Hartig F. Mechanistic models in macroecology and biogeography: state-of-art and prospects (2017) Ecography. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.

Borregaard MK, Amorim IR, Borges PAV, Cabral JS , Fernández-Palacios JM, Field R, Heaney LR, Kreft H, Matthews TJ, Olesen JM, Price J, Rigal F, Steinbauer M, Triantis KA, Valente L, Weigelt P and Whittaker RJ. Oceanic island biogeography through the lens of the General Dynamic Model: assessment and prospect (2016) Biological Reviews. DOI: 10.1111/brv.

Valente L, Phillimore AB, Etienne RS. Equilibrium and non-equilibrium dynamics simultaneously operate in the Galápagos islands (2015) Ecology Letters, 18, 844-852.

Warren BH, Simberloff D, Ricklefs RE, Aguilée R, Condamine FL, Gillespie RG, Gravel D, Morlon H, Mouquet N, Rosindell J, Casquet J, Conti E, Cornuault J, Fernández-Palacios JM, Hengl T, Norder SJ, Rijsdijk KF, Sanmartín I, Strasberg D, Triantis K, Valente L, Whittaker RJ, Emerson BC & Thébaud C (2015) Islands as model systems in ecology and evolution : progress and prospects fifty years after MacArthur-Wilson. Ecology Letters,18, 200-217.

Valente L, Etienne RS, Phillimore AB. The effects of island ontogeny on species diversity and phylogeny (2014) Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20133227.

Valente L & Vargas P. Contrasting evolutionary hypotheses between two Mediterranean-climate floristic hotspots: the Cape of southern Africa and the Mediterranean Basin (2013) Journal of Biogeography, 40, 2032-2046.

Valente L, Manning J, Goldblatt P, Vargas P.  Did pollination shifts drive diversification in southern African Gladiolus? - evaluating the model of pollinator-driven speciation (2012) The American Naturalist,180, 83-98.

Valente L, Savolainen V, Manning J, Goldblatt P & Vargas P. Explaining disparities in species richness between Mediterranean floristic regions: a case study in Gladiolus (Iridaceae) (2011) Global Ecology and Biogeography, 20, 881-892. 

Valente L, Savolainen V & Vargas P. Unparalleled rates of species diversification in Europe (2010) Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 277, 1489-1496.

Valente L, Reeves G, Schnitzler J, Pizer Mason I, Fay MF, Rebelo TG, Chase MW & Barraclough TG (2010) Diversification of the African genus Protea (Proteaceae) in the Cape biodiversity hotspot and beyond: equal rates in different biomes. Evolution, 64, 745-760.