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Dr. Edith Villa-Galaviz

Since 2023

Scientific Coordinator, Reassembly Ecuador


Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland.


Postdoctoral researcher, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico.


PhD at the University of Bristol, UK: "Bottom-up effects of eutrophication on insect interaction networks".


M.S Ecology at the UNAM, Mexico: "Feeding specialization of Lepidoptera community in different successional status of the tropical dry forest of Chamela, Jalisco, Mexico".


Curatorial Assistant, Herbarium "Luz María Villarreal de Puga, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

2007 - 2009

Research Assistant, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

2004 - 2009

BSc Biology at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.



Research interests     


I am interested in understanding how  human actions affect species interactions. My research aims to help the conservation and management of species interactions.


Research domains: 

Species interactions

Ecological networks

Insects: pollination,

herbivory and parasitoidism.



 Research projects  



(FOR 5207)







sc.reassembly (at)

B1|01, Room 264 

Dr. Edith Villa Galaviz

Fachbereich Biologie

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Schnittspahnstr. 3

64287 Darmstadt



  • Vázquez-González, C., Villa-Galaviz, E., Reyes-Hernández, M. et al. 2024. Temporal variation in tree diversity effects on birds and its implications for top-down control of insect herbivores in a tropical system. Oecologia.

  • Villa-Galaviz E, Smart SM, Ward SE, Fraser MD, Memmott J. 2023. Fertilization using manure minimizes the trade-offs between biodiversity and forage production in agri-environment scheme grasslands. PLoS ONE 18(10): e0290843

  • Villa-Galaviz, E., A. Cirtwill, R. Gibson T. Timberlake,T. Roslin & J. Memmott. 2023. What makes a good pollinator? Specialized insects with long periods transport the most strawberry pollen.  (Joint first-author). Ecological Solutions and Evidence,  4, e12253.

  • Villa-Galaviz, E., L. Abdala-Roberts, J. Quinto, M.J. Campos-Navarrete & V. Parra-Tabla. 2022. Neighboring plants and core herbivores determine the importance of Swietenia macrophylla in the plant-herbivore network. Arthropod-Plant Interact.  19:387-399.

  • López-Segoviano, G., M. Arenas-Navarro, E. Villa-Galaviz, S. Díaz-Infante & M. del C. Arizmendi. 2021. Hummingbird-plant interactions along an altitudinal gradient in Northwestern Mexico. Acta Oecol. 

  • Villa-Galaviz, E, S. M. Smart, E. L. Clare, S. E. Ward & J. Memmott. 2021. Differential effects of fertilisers on pollination and parasitoid interaction networks. J. Anim. Ecol. 90(2): 404-414.

  • Villa-Galaviz, E., L. Hernández, M. Harker & C. Neri-Luna. 2020. Description of soil and floristic composition of the habitat of L. villaregalis (Campanulaceae), a species endemic to Jalisco, Mexico. Polibotánica. 49: 30-49. 

  • Boege, K., E. Villa-Galaviz, A. López-Carretero, R. Perez-Ishiwara, A. Zaldivar-Riveron, A. Ibarra & E. Del-Val. 2019. Temporal variation in the influence of forest succession on caterpillar communities: a long-term study in a tropical dry forest. Biotropica. 51: 529-537. 

  • Luviano, N., E. Villa-Galaviz, K. Boege, A. Zaldivar-Riveron & E. del-Val. 2018. Hurricane impacts on plant-herbivore networks along a successional chronosequence in a tropical dry forest. For. Ecol. Manag.  426: 158-163.  

  • Villa-Galaviz, E. & E. del Val. 2014. El “Foodbook”: las “redes sociales” de la naturaleza.  (The “foodbok”: the nature’s social network). Acercate. No. 5. Popular science.

  • Villa-Galaviz, E., K. Boege & E. del Val. 2012. Resilience of plant-herbivore networks during secondary succession. PloS ONE. 7(12): E63009. 

  • Martínez-Ramos, M., L. Barraza, P. Balvanera, J. Benítez-Malvido, F. Bongers, …  E. Villa Galaviz & I. Zermeño Hernández. 2012. Management of tropical forests. Science principles for conservation and use of ecosystems in rural landscapes. Investigación Ambiental: Ciencia & Política Pública 4(2): 111-129 

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