• I work in the evolutionary ecology of plant-animal interactions in the Chilean Mediterranean ecosystem. More specifically, using a broad array of methodologies I try to understand the way ecological and historical processes molded the current structure of plant-animal interactions in central Chile.
  • In addition to my scientific work, I am also interested in history and philosophy of science. Currently I am working on the adequacy of Peirce-Hanson abduction model to describe the way scientific hypotheses are created.


  • FONDECYT 1180850 (2018-2021). Medel, R. Testing phylogenetic and geographical effects in plant-pollinator networks of the Chilean Mediterranean region.
  • CYTED P417RT0228 (2018-2021). Medel, R. et al. Ecological interactions in protected ecosystems.


  • Evolutionary Biology (First semester)
  • Philosophy of Science (First semester)


  • Aizen, M.A., S. Aguiar, J.C. Biesmeijer, L.A. Garibaldi, D.W. Inouye, C. Jung, D.J. Martins, R. Medel, C.L. Morales, H. Ngo, A. Pauw, R. Paxton, A. Sáez & C. Seymour. 2019. A global increase in agriculture’s pollinator dependence has not fostered agricultural diversification. Global Change Biology: doi: 10.1111/gcb.14736 
  • Cares, R.A., C. Sáez, A. Valiente-Banuet & R. Medel & C. Botto-Mahan. 2018. Frugivory and seed dispersal in the endemic cactus Eulychnia acida: extending the anachronism hypothesis to the Chilean Mediterranean ecosystem. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 91: 9. 
  • Smith-Ramírez, C., L. Vieli, R.M. Barahona-Segovia, J. Montalva, F. Cianferoni, L. Ruz, F.E. Fontúrbel, C.E. Valdivia, R. Medel, A. Pauchard, J.L. Celis-Diez, V. Riesco, V. Monzón, F. Vivallo & M. Neira. 2018. Las razones de por qué Chile debe detener la importación del abejorro comercial Bombus terrestris (Linnaeus) y comenzar a controlarlo. Gayana 82: 118-127.
  • Medel, R., C. González-Browne, D. Salazar, P. Ferrer & M. Ehrenfeld. 2018. The most effective pollinator principle applies to new invasive pollinators. Biology Letters 14: 20180132.
  • Medel, R., C. González-Browne & F.E. Fontúrbel. 2018. Pollination in the Chilean Mediterranean-type ecosystem: a review of current advances and pending tasks. Plant Biology 20: 89-99.

  • An almost complete set of past publications can be found at Academia
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