About Joaquín Hortal
My main research aim is to understand why biodiversity is distributed the way it is in space and time. I am particularly interested in community structure and the processes that drive the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological assemblages. My current work seeks unifying into a single framework the different hypotheses about the origin of geographic gradients of biodiversity and community dynamics; in particular, the interplay of niche and coexistence as determinants of species co-occurrence, and the concurring effects of the evolutionary history of species, glaciations and current climate. I also work on assessing and accounting for data-driven uncertainty in biodiversity analyses.