Departamental II – DII. 245
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 85 17
Fax:        +34 91 664 7490

E-mail: samuel.prieto at / samuelonbio at

Short CV

2015 – Ph D in Conservation of Natural Resources, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

2010 – Doctoral courses in Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

2006 – Graduate in Biological Sciences, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Research interests

My research line of research focuses on studying the floral characters that make up the pollination syndromes (mainly in the Sileneae tribe) and look at their evolution and how they adapt to pollinators. Within the pollinators I study the predator-pollinator interactions between moths of the genus Hadena and the different species of Sileneae. Another line of research in which I work is the effect of different land uses on the diversity of spiders.

Scientific publications

Prieto-Benítez, S. and Méndez, M. (2011). Effects of land management on the abundance and richness of spiders (Araneae): A meta-analysis. Biological Conservation 144, 683–691.

Prieto-Benítez, S., Dötterl, S. and Giménez-Benavides, L. (2015) Diel Variation in Flower Scent Reveals Poor Consistency of Diurnal and Nocturnal Pollination Syndromes in Sileneae. Journal of Chemical Ecology 41, 1095-1104.

Prieto-Benítez, S., Dötterl, S. and Giménez-Benavides, L. (2016) Circadian rhythm of a Silene species favours nocturnal pollination and constrains diurnal visitation. Annals of Botany 118, 907-918.

Prieto-Benítez, S., Millanes, A.M., Dötterl, S. and Giménez-Benavides, L. (2016). Comparative analyses of flower scent in Sileneae reveal a contrasting phylogenetic signal between night and day emissions. Ecology and Evolution. 6, 7869-7881.