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, respectively). 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
Research Assistant

Daniela Alicia Torres (2019-Current)

Research project: Primary seed dispersal by howler monkeys (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico).


Ricardo Madrigal (2015-Current)

He is currently supporting our projects on insect-plant interactions in tropical landscapes.

Luis Quijano (2019-Current)

Research project: Spatial ecology and predator-prey interaction networks (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico)


Pedro Luna (2018-Current)

Research project: Plant–pollinator interactions along altitudinal gradients (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico).


MSc. Student

Issaac Teodosio (2019-Current)

Research project: Avian frugivory and seed dispersal in urban landscapes (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico).

Erick Corro-Méndez(2017-Current)

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


Undergraduate Student

Brenda Ratoni (2019-Current)

Research project: Functional diversity of dung beetles in fragmented landscapes (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla - Mexico).

Diana Ahuatzin-Flores (2017-Current)

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


Honorary members

Cauê Dáttilo (2019-Current)

This babyshark is interested in milk, lullabies and sleep theories.

Reuber Antoniazzi (2016-Current)

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


Nickie (2018-Current)

She is interested in exploring nature, hunting butterflies, and in Extinction Vortex of her toys.

Rodrigo Mello (2016-Current)

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





Visiting Students

Patricia N. Miranda (2015-2019) - PhD in Ecology

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


Daiane Carreira (2018)

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


Juan Trejo (2016-2019) - MSc in Ecology

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


Diego Anjos (2017)

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

Edgar Gonzalez (2016-2018) - MSc in Ecology

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


Arleu Viana (2017)

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

Pedro Luna (2016-2018) - MSc in Ecology

Research project: Temporal dynamic of individual-based networks (Instituto de Ecologia A.C. - Mexico).


Giselle Martins (2017)

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

Nathalia Barrozo (2016-2018) - MSc in Ecology

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


Sinead Gómez (2016)

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

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

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


Tae Tanaami (2016)

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


Nancy Baez (2016)

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


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

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




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).




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).