ECOlogical and COevolutionary dynamics of SPECIES interactions

The Dáttilo's Lab


Prospective students and Postdoctoral Fellows

We are looking for talented and motivated students and postdocs regardless of ethnicity, color, religion, gender, national origin, or ancestry.

At this moment, I can serve as the primary advisor for students at the Instituto de Ecología AC (Mexico), Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), and Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (Brazil).

M.Sc. Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Fellowships are available through the Mexican and Brazilian National Councils of Science and Technology (CONACYT and CNPq, respectivaly). Successful candidates will receive full fellowships. Undergraduate students who also are interested in pursuing a research project should contact me directly.

Members of the group have an opportunity to work on a rich and diverse set of ecological problems, and to develop a unique set of skills, knowledge and research connections that will enable them to launch successful careers in theoretical and applied ecology. And we have fun doing it!

We always have new research opportunities available in the lab so please contact me if you are interested in our research.


Who is who - Meet the Lab Family


Principal investigator

Dr. Wesley Dáttilo. I am Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Department of Eco-ethology at the Instituto de Ecología, A.C. (Mexico) with experience on tropical ecology, species interactions, ecological networks, and conservation biology.

Date of Birth: August 03, 1987. Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


PhD. Students (6)
Master Students (3)

Erick Corro-Méndez(2017-Current)

Research project: The macroecology of ecological networks (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico).


Pedro Luna (2016-Current)

Research project: Spatio-temporal dynamics of ant-seed networks (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico).

Diana Ahuatzin-Flores (2017-Current)

Research project: Multi-scale modelling and ant physiology in fragmented landscapes (Instituto de Ecología A.C. - Mexico).


Edgar Gonzalez (2016-Current)

Research project: Probabilistic models to study plant-hummingbird networks (Instituto de Ecología A.C. - Mexico).


Reuber Antoniazzi (2016-Current)

Research project: Ant-plant interactions in forest canopies (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico).


Juan Trejo (2016-Current)

Research project: Secondary seed dispersion by dung beetles (Instituto de Ecología A.C. - Mexico).

Enéas Schramm (2016-Current)

Research project: Measuring mutualisms involving ants and plants (Universidade Federal da Bahia- Brazil).



Rodrigo Mello (2016-Current)

Research project: Landscape effects on plant-bat networks (Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil).



Patricia N. Miranda (2015-Current)

Research project: Effects of forest fragmentation on ant-plant interactions mediated by extrafloral nectaries (Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil).





Undergraduate Students (1)



Visiting Students (0)

Karla Andalco (2016-Current)

Research project: Food preferences of ants in fragmented tropical rainforests (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla - Mexico).






Visiting Students

Nathalia Barrozo (2016-2018) - MSc in Ecology

Research project: Mammal–ectoparasite interaction networks (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso - Brazil).


Daiane Carreira (2018)

Research project: Frugivory in tropical rainforests (Universidade de São Paulo - Brazil).


Erick Corro-Méndez (2015-2017) - MSc in Ecology

Research project: Ant-plant interactions in fragmented rainforests (Instituto de Ecología A.C. - Mexico).


Diego Anjos (2017)

Research project: Ant-seed interactions in the Neotropical savannah (Universidade de São Paulo - Brazil).


Diana Ahuatzin-Flores (2015-2017) - MSc in Ecology

Research project: Ecological and functional diversity of ants in fragmented landscapes (Instituto de Ecología A.C. - Mexico).


Arleu Viana (2017)

Research project: Termites over tropical altitudinal gradients (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais- Brazil).


Ricardo E. Vicente (2012-2016) - PhD. in Ecology

Research project: Ants garden in treefall gaps of Amazonian rainforests (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso - Brazil).


Giselle Martins (2017)

Research project: Distribution patterns in butterflies (Universidade Estadual de Campinas- Brazil).


Natalí Sánchez-Garzón (2014-2016) - M.S. in Ecology

Research project: Food webs of black howler monkeys in fragmented landscapes (Instituto de Ecología A.C. - Mexico).


Sinead Gómez (2016)

Research project: Plant-plant interaction networks (Universidad Autónoma de Morelos - Mexico).


Andréa Marry Santana (2014-2016) - M.S. in Zoology

Research project: Ants foraging on plants bearing extrafloral nectar in rupestre fields. (Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana - Brazil).


Tae Tanaami (2016)

Research project: Twigs as nest-building resources for ants (Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes - Brazil).


Rocío Flores (2015-2016) - BSc in Biology

Research project: Multitrophic interactions between ants, plants and herbivores in arid environments (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla - Mexico).


Nancy Baez (2016)

Research project: Dung beetles in fragmented landscapes (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla - Mexico).