I have always been interested in understanding the hierarchy of life and the complex interactions between organisms. My broad research interests can be divided into three areas:
1) Butterflies. At the age of 17 I volunteered at the Natural History Museum of London in the Lepidoptera collections. Dr Blanca Huertas, senior butterfly curator, gave me the opportunity to continue butterfly taxonomy research and return to the NHM several summers. In 2014, I started the taxonomic revision of a Neotropical butterfly genus (MS in prep., funded by The Alumni Prize , University of Sheffield).
2) Eco-evolutionary dynamics. I am interested in the the effects of ongoing evolution on community ecology. I have collaborated with Dr Timothy Farkas, at the Nosil Lab, studying the effects of the evolution of Timema cristinae camouflage on the coexisting arthropod community and the cascading effects on plants.
3) Tropical ecology and conservation. In summer 2015, I will investigate the effects of different logging techniques, land-sparing vs. land-sparing, on the diversity and abundance of butterflies in the Jamari Concession at Rhondonia, Brazil. The outcomes of this project will be used by the logging company AMATA Brasil to minimize their impact on Amazon biodiversity. Supervised by Dr David Edwards. Funded by: The Explorers Club Youth Activity Fund, The Professor Hering Memorial Award (BENHS), The Scurfield Bursary (University of Sheffield) and the Laverick-Webster-Hewitt Travelling Fellowship (University of Sheffield).
Montejo-Kovacevich G (2015) Butterflies and logging: an unexplored relationship. British Entomological and Natural History Journal (accepted, December 2015)
Farkas TE & Montejo-Kovacevich G (2014) Density-dependent selection closes an eco-evolutionary feedback loop in the stick insect Timema cristinae. Biology Letters 10: 20140896
Montejo-Kovacevich G & Huertas B (2015) Taxonomic revision of Mesenopsis (Family:Riodinidae) and a new subspecies from Brazil. (in prep)
I’m originally from Spain and thus, I enjoy the sun and good food. While in the UK, my main hobbies are whitewater kayaking and canoe polo, as well as regular visits to local pubs with good friends. I love travelling, walking and sunbathing.