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About Daniel Pincheira-Donoso

I’m an evolutionary biologist, interested in selection theory, the ecology and genetics of adaptations, macroecology, life history evolution, climate change biology and conservation. Most of my research has been conducted on vertebrates, primarily reptiles and amphibians. However, I have also worked on other model organisms, including different groups of insects in experimental conditions. After multiple positions held at the University of Exeter, I joined the University of Lincoln as a permanent academic, where I currently hold a Senior Lectureship in Evolutionary Biology. At the University of Lincoln I lead the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations (LEEA). Research in the lab encompasses a number of areas in evolutionary biology, ecology and conservation at different temporal and spatial scales. Our overarching ambition is to advance knowledge of the ecological, reproductive and genetic factors that promote the evolution of species via natural selection, and how these population-level processes shape the evolution of global-scale patterns of biodiversity via the interaction between organismal features and the climate. To achieve this ambition, we investigate the factors that drive the origin, adaptation and extinctions of species by employing a range of research approaches including conceptual theory, phylogenetic and bioclimatic modeling, spatial ecology, both in the field and the lab. RECENT PUBLICATIONS Roll, U., Feldman, A., Novosolov, M., Allison, A., Bauer, A.M., Bernard, R., Böhm, M., Castro-Herrera, F., Chirio, L., Collen, B., Colli, G., Dabool, L., Das, I., Doan, T., Grismer, L., Hoogmoed, M., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton, M., Lewin, A., Martins, M., Maza, E., Meirte, D., Nagy, Z., Nogueira, C., Pauwels, O., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Powney, G., Sindaco, R., Tallowin, O., Torres-Carvajal, O., Trape, J., Vidan, E., Uetz, P., Wagner, P., Wang, Y., Orme, D., Grenyer, R. & Meiri, S. (2017). The global distribution of tetrapods reveals a need for targeted reptile conservation. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 1677-1682. Pincheira-Donoso, D., Jara, M., Reaney, A., García-Roa, R., Saldarriaga-Córdoba, M. & Hodgson, D.J. (2017). Hypoxia and hypothermia as rival agents of selection driving the evolution of viviparity in lizards. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 1238-1246. García-Roa, R., Jara, M., Baeckens, S., López, P., Van Damme, R., Martín, J. & Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2017). A global analysis of the macroevolutionary diversification of glands for chemical communication in squamate reptiles. Scientific Reports, 7, 9288. Pincheira-Donoso, D. & Hunt, J. (2017). Fecundity selection theory: concepts and evidence. Biological Reviews, 92, 341-356. Meiri, S., Bauer, A., Castro-Herrera, F., Chirio, L., Colli, G., Das, I., Doan, T., Glaw, F., Grismer, L., Hoogmoed, M., Kraus, F., LeBreton, M., Meirte, D., Nagy, Z.T., Nogueira, C., Oliver, P., Pauwels, O.S.G., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Shea, G., Sindaco, R., Tallowin, O., Torres-Carvajal, O., Trape, J.F., Uetz, P., Wagner, P., Ziegler, T. & Roll, U. (2017). Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity & Distributions (In Press). Reaney, A.M., Saldarriaga-Córdoba, M. & Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2017). Macroevolutionary diversification via non-adaptive radiation in a species-rich lineage of cold-climate lizards. BMC Evolutionary Biology (Accepted pending Minor Revision). García-Roa, R., Jara, M., López, P., Martín, J. & Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2017). Heterogeneous tempo and mode of evolutionary diversification of chemical compounds in lizard chemical signals. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 1286-1296.

Department Responsibilities

I teach on a number of subjects across the School of Life Sciences, including: Evolution & Ecology (BGY1007M), for 1st year students Evolutionary Ecology (BIO3036M), for 3rd year students Chile Overseas Field Course (BIO3031M), for 3rd year students Palaeobiology (BGY3007M), University of Lincoln Vertebrate Zoology (BIO2043M) , University of Lincoln Research Methods II – Biostatistics (BGY2004M), University of Lincoln Current Issues in Biology (BIO3022M), University of Lincoln Ecological Survey and Census (BIO3012M), University of Lincoln Ecuador Field Course, University of Lincoln Veterinary Parasitology (BIO2018M), University of Lincoln Current Issues in Conservation Biology (BIO3010M), University of Lincoln Research Methods I (BGY1001M), University of Lincoln

Subject Specialism

Evolutionary Biology & Macroecology


  • Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow — University of Exeter, UK, 2012
  • NERC Postdoctoral Researcher — University of Exeter, UK, 2009
  • NERC Postdoctoral Researcher — University of Exeter, UK, 2009
  • PhD (Evolutionary Biology) — University of Exeter, UK, 2008
  • Biologist Title — Universidad de Concepcion, Chile, 2003
  • BSc (hons) Biology — Universidad de Concepcion, Chile, 2002

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