The Faculty of Biology at the University of La Laguna (ULL) represents complementary concentrations of zoological, botanical and ecological expertise on the flora and invertebrate fauna of the Canary Islands, with established and productive group leaders that will form and integral part of this project.


Prof. Pedro Oromí is a Professor of Zoology where he leads the Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of Canarian Arthropods research group, consisting of two professors, two postdoctoral researchers and three doctoral students. His research focuses on arthropod biodiversity on the Canary Islands, with particular emphasis on: (i) taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of beetles and spiders; (ii) ecology and evolution of subterranean fauna in volcanic islands, particularly the Macaronesian archipelagos; and (iii) ecological succession in recent lava fields and associated subterranean habitats. His research group is now developing an extensive sampling of non-cave subterranean habitats to quantify the dispersal and biogeography of troglobitic species in volcanic terrains. He has published extensively on the taxonomy and ecology of the subterranean fauna of volcanic islands (Macaronesian archipelagos and Galápagos) and on the phylogeny and phylogeography of endemic beetle and spider species assemblages from the Canary Islands. He has published 48 papers in ISI recognized journals, and 8 books as author or editor (including the complete lists of the terrestrial biota of the Canary and the Cape Verde islands).


Prof. José María Fernández-Palacios is a Professor of Ecology at the University of La Laguna, and Head of the ULL Island Ecology and Biogeography research group that comprises 10 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. José María’s research foci include island ecology and biogeography, laurel and pine forest dynamics, pine forest biogeochemistry, palaeo-ecology and restoration ecology. He has published 60 papers in ISI recognized journals, as well as 30 book chapters, and authored or edited 10 books, all of them dealing with different topics related to island ecology in general, and Macaronesia and the Canary Islands in particular. Together with Prof. Robert Whittaker he is an editor of the leading textbook on island biogeography “Island Biogeography. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Oxford University Press, 2007”. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Biogeography. He is the principal investigator of several competitive research projects funded by the Science and Technology and the Environmental Departments of the Spanish government, and the Canary Island government.