His research focuses on the study of biological diversity (biodiversity) from both ecological and evolutionary perspectives. He is interested in how ecological interactions shape complex ecological systems. Prof. Jordano combines several approaches to analyze complex biological questions about the evolution of ecological systems. He uses an interdisciplinary approach that bridges different fields (field ecology, genetics, modeling) to study complex biological systems.
His scientific achievements include incorporating complex network analysis in the study of patterns, functions, and consequences of plant-animal mutualisms within ecosystems. This has unveiled the highly diversified and low-specificity character of these interactions and represented a pathbreaking approach to the study of coevolution in mega-diversity systems such as tropical forests. In addition he has developed molecular tools to track and measure seed dispersal distances by frugivorous animals, and the identity of the frugivore species dispersing seeds. The central value of this advance is the ability to validate empirically, and forecast, potential responses to climate change driven by long-distance migration events.
Prof. Jordano is author of more than 170 scientific papers and three books, with >18800 citations (h= 66). Supervised 10 Post-doctoral fellowships, 12 PhD theses (plus 5 ongoing), and 5 Master theses. He participates in several university courses, within the PhD and graduate programs at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (director of the Master Course “Biodiversidad y Biología de la Conservación”) and Universidad de Sevilla, both in Sevilla (Spain), teaching courses on evolution, plant-animal interactions and conservation genetics. In addition, he is a co-organizer of the field course “Curso Ibero-Americano de Frugivoria e Dispersão de Sementes” that takes place each year in Brazil, with the collaboration of UNESP (Rio Claro, São Paulo), UNICAMP (Campinas, São Paulo) and CYTED-UNESCO. He is external professor within the Ciência sem Fronteiras Program (Brazil) for the Programa Pós-graduação em Biodiversidade e Ecologia, UNESP (Brazil).
He chaired the Spanish panel for the National Research Plan, program of Biodiversity, Ecology and Global Change, Ministerio de Economía e Innovación (2006-2013), and the Starting Grants panel at the European Research Council (Brussels) (2012-2016; vice-chair 2008-2011). He served as representative person of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for the european research network EraNet-BIODIVERSA and the EuroCores EuroDiversity initiative of the European Science Foundation. Jury member for the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (2008-2010, 2012-2017). He is a member of the editorial boards for: Annual Reviews of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics; PLoS Biology; Perspect. Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics; Movement Ecology; and member of the advisory board of Ecography and Oikos.
He has received the Mercer Award de la Ecological Society of America (2008) and the Premio Rey Jaime I de Conservación del Medio Ambiente (2014), Generalitat de Valencia.