• I work in the evolutionary ecology of plant-animal interactions in the Chilean Mediterranean ecosystem. More specifically, I study the way natural selection promotes and molds phenotypic traits of animals and plants in a coevolutionary framework. To this end, I focus on mutualistic (plant-pollinator) and antagonistic (host plant-parasitic plant) interactions. 
  • An additional interest is history and philosophy of science. Currently, I am assessing the extent to which the reasoning of Charles Darwin before the Origin included elements of Peircean abductive inference. In doing so, I develop the idea that a combination of Peircean abduction and Whewellean consilience describes the structure of evolutionary explanations.


  • Carvallo, G.O. & R. Medel. 2016. Heterospecific pollen transfer from an exotic plant to native plants: assessing reproductive consequences in an Andean grassland. Plant Ecology & Diversity: en prensa.
  • Kelt, D.A., H. Cofré, C. Cornelius, A. Engilis, Jr., J.R. Gutierrez, P.A. Marquet, R. Medel, P.L. Meserve, V. Quirici, H. Samaniego & R.A. Vasquez. 2016. The avifauna of Bosque Fray Jorge National Park and Chile`s Norte Chico. Journal of Arid Environments 126: 23-36.
  • González-Browne, C., M.M. Murúa, L. Navarro & R. Medel. 2016. Does plant origin influence the fitness impact of flower damage? A meta-analysis. PlosOne 11(1): e0146437
  • Cuartas-Hernández, S. & R. Medel. 2015. Topology of plant-pollinator networks in a tropical mountain forest: insights on the role of altitudinal and temporal variation. PLoS One 10(10): e0141804
  • Fontúrbel, F.F., A.B. Candia, J. Malebrán, D.A. Salazar, C. González-Browne & Rodrigo Medel. 2015. Meta-analysis of anthropogenic habitat disturbance effects on animal-mediated seed dispersal. Global Change Biology 21: 3951-3960. 
  • Fontúrbel, F.E., P. Jordano & R. Medel. 2015. Scale-dependent effects of habitat transformation on plant-animal mutualisms. Journal of Ecology 103: 1334-1343. 
  • Valiente-Banuet, A., M.A. Aizen, J. M. Alcántara, J. Arroyo, A. Cocucci, M. Galetti, M.B. García, D. García, J.M. Gómez, P. Jordano, R. Medel, L. Navarro, J.R. Obeso, R. Oviedo, N. Ramírez, P.J. Rey, A. Traveset, M. Verdú, R. Zamora. 2015. Beyond species loss: extinction of interactions in a changing world. Functional Ecology 29: 299-307.


  • 2015 - 2018. Medel. R. Experimental dissection of pollinator-mediated selection: testing for nonadditivity in floral divergence. FONDECYT 1150112.
  • 2016 - 2018. Arista, M., P. Ortiz, J. Whittall, E. Imbert & R. Medel. La importancia del polimorfismo del color de las flores en los procesos de especiación en plantas. Plan Nacional España.