Mónica Medrano

Estación Biológica de Doñana,


Isla de La Cartuja

Avda. Américo Vespucio s/n,

E-41092 Sevilla, Spain




Postdoctoral researcher


Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Academic background

General research interests


Google Scholar Citations

43. Herrera, C. M., C. Alonso, M. Medrano, R. Pérez, and P. Bazaga (2018) Transgenerational epigenetics: inheritance of global cytosine methylation and methylation-related epigenetic markers in the shrub Lavandula latifolia. American Journal of Botany, in press.

42.  Alonso, C., R. Pérez, P. Bazaga, M. Medrano, and C. M. Herrera (2018) Within-plant variation in seed size and inflorescence fecundity is associated with epigenetic mosaicism in the shrub Lavandula latifolia (Lamiaceae). Annals of Botany, in press. doi:10.1093/aob/mcx140

41.  Alonso, C., M. Medrano, R. Pérez, P. Bazaga, and C. M. Herrera (2017) Tissue-specific response to experimental demethylation at seed germination in the non-model herb Erodium cicutarium. Epigenomes 1, 16. doi:10.3390/epigenomes1030016

40.  Herrera, C. M., M. Medrano, and P. Bazaga (2017) Epigenetic and genetic spatial structure of the perennial herb Helleborus foetidus: isolation by environment, isolation by distance, and functional trait divergence. American Journal of Botany 104, 1195-1204. 

39.   Garrido, J. L., J. M. Alcántara, P. J. Rey, M. Medrano, J. Guitián, M. C. Castellanos, J. M. Bastida, R. Jaime, and C. M. Herrera (2017) Geographic genetic structure of Iberian columbines (Gen. Aquilegia). Plant Systematics and Evolution 303, 1145-1160.

38.  Herrera, C. M., and M. Medrano (2017) Pollination consequences of simulated intrafloral microbial warming in an early-blooming herb. Flora 232, 142-149.

37. Herrera, C. M., M. Medrano, and P. Bazaga (2016) Comparative spatial genetics and epigenetics of plant populations: heuristic value and a proof of concept. Molecular Ecology 25, 1653–1664.


36. Alonso, C., R. Pérez, P. Bazaga, M. Medrano, and C. M. Herrera (2016) MSAP markers and global cytosine methylation in plants: a literature survey and comparative analysis for a wild growing species. Molecular Ecology Resources 16, 80-90.


35. Herrera, C. M., M. Medrano, and P. Bazaga (2015) Continuous within-plant variation as a source of intraspecific functional diversity: patterns, magnitude, and genetic correlates of leaf variability in Helleborus foetidus (Ranunculaceae). American Journal of Botany 102, 225-232.


34. Medrano, M., C. M. Herrera, and P. Bazaga (2014) Epigenetic variation predicts regional and local intraspecific functional diversity in a perennial herb. Molecular Ecology 23, 4926-4938.


33. Alonso, C., R. Pérez, P. Bazaga, M. Medrano, and C. M. Herrera (2014). Individual variation in size and fecundity is correlated with differences in global DNA cytosine methylation in the perennial herb Helleborus foetidus (Ranunculaceae). American Journal of Botany 101, 1309-1313.


Medrano, M., E. López-Perea, and C. M. Herrera (2014) Population genetics methods applied to a species delimitation problem: endemic trumpet daffodils (Narcissus section Pseudonarcissi) from the southern Iberian Peninsula. International Journal of Plant Sciences 175, 501-517.










Echoes in blogosphere:

Endemic daffodils and natural heritage

31. Herrera, C. M., M. Medrano, and P. Bazaga (2014) Variation in DNA methylation transmissibility, genetic heterogeneity and fecundity-related traits in natural populations of the perennial herb Helleborus foetidus. Molecular Ecology 23, 1085-1095.

30. Herrera, C. M., M. Medrano, and P. Bazaga (2013) Epigenetic differentiation persists after male gametogenesis in natural populations of the perennial herb Helleborus foetidus (Ranunculaceae). PLOS ONE 8, e70730.

29. Seino, M. M., C. de Vega, P. Bazaga, M. Medrano, and C. M. Herrera, in Molecular Ecology Resources Primer Development Consortium et al. (2013) Development and characterization of microsatellite loci for the perennial herb Helleborus foetidus (Ranunculaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources 13: 341-343. Manuscript with details here or here


Helleborus foetidus and Bombus terrestris Herrera, C. M., M. I. Pozo, and M. Medrano (2013) Yeasts in nectar of an early-blooming herb: sought by bumble bees, detrimental to plant fecundity. Ecology 94, 273-279.

Photo Gallery:  Herrera, C. M., M. I. Pozo, and M. Medrano. 2013. Bumble bees prefer nectar containing yeasts. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 94,186–189. 

27. Medrano, M., R. Requerey, J. D. Karron, and C. M. Herrera (2012) Herkogamy and mate diversity in the wild daffodil Narcissus longispathus: beyond the selfing-outcrossing paradigm in the evolution of mixed mating. Plant Biology 14, 801-810.

26. Castellanos, M. C., M. Medrano, and C. M. Herrera (2008) Subindividual variation and genetic versus environmental effects on seed traits in a European Aquilegia. Botany (formerly Canadian Journal of Botany) 86, 1125-1132.

25. Medrano, M., and C. M. Herrera (2008) Geographical structuring of genetic diversity across the whole distribution range of Narcissus longispathus, a habitat-specialist, Mediterranean narrow endemic. Annals of Botany 102, 183-194.

24. Canto, A., C. M. Herrera, M. Medrano, R. Pérez, and I. M. García (2008) Pollinator foraging modifies nectar sugar composition in Helleborus foetidus L. (Ranunculaceae): an experimental test. American Journal of Botany 95, 315-320.

23. Amigo, J., F. Bellot, M. Buide, M. Buján, B. Casaseca, E. Castro, J. Fagúndez, X. R. García-Martínez, J. Guitián, P. Guitián, J. Izco, A. R. Larrinaga, R. I. Louzán, M. Medrano, J. Mouriño, S. Ortiz, I. Pulgar, L. G. Quintanilla, J. Rodríguez-Oubiña, M. I. Romero, D. G. San León, J. M. Sánchez, and X. Soñora (2007) Aportaciones corológicas a la flora gallega del Herbario SANT. Boletín BIGA 2, 125-132.

22. Canto, A., R. Pérez, M. Medrano, M. C. Castellanos, and C. M. Herrera (2007) Intraplant variation in nectar sugar composition in two Aquilegia species (Ranunculaceae): contrasting patterns under field and greenhouse conditions. Annals of Botany 99, 653-660.

21. Herrera, C. M., M. C. Castellanos, and M. Medrano (2006) Geographical context of floral evolution: towards an improved research programme in floral diversification. Pages 278-294 in L. D. Harder and S. C. H. Barrett (eds.), Ecology and evolution of flowers. Oxford University Press. Supplementary material: Appendix 15.1  Appendix 15.2

20. Medrano, M., M. C. Castellanos, and C. M. Herrera (2006) Comparative floral and vegetative differentiation between two Aquilegia taxa along a narrow contact zone. Plant Systematics and Evolution 262, 209-224.

19. Rey, P. J., C. M. Herrera, J. Guitián, X. Cerdá, A. M. Sánchez-Lafuente, M. Medrano, and J. L. Garrido (2006) The geographic mosaic in pre-dispersal interactions and selection on Helleborus foetidus (Ranunculaceae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19, 21-34.

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18. Medrano, M., C. Alonso, and C. M. Herrera (2005) Mating system, sex ratio, and persistence of females in the gynodioecious shrub Daphne laureola L. (Thymelaeaceae). Heredity 94, 37-43.

17. Medrano, M., C. M. Herrera, and S. C. H. Barrett (2005) Herkogamy and mating patterns in the self-compatible daffodil Narcissus longispathus. Annals of Botany 95, 1105-1111.

16. Sánchez-Lafuente, A. M., J. Guitián, M. Medrano, C. M. Herrera, P. J. Rey, and X. Cerdá (2005) Plant traits, environmental factors, and pollinator visitation in winter-flowering Helleborus foetidus L. (Ranunculaceae). Annals of Botany 96, 845–852.

15. Fedriani, J. M., P. J. Rey, J. L. Garrido, J. Guitián, C. M. Herrera, M. Medrano, A. M. Sánchez-Lafuente, and X. Cerdá (2004) Geographical variation in the potential of mice to constrain an ant-seed dispersal mutualism. Oikos 105, 181-191.

14. Guitián, J., M. Medrano, and E. Oti. (2004) Variation in floral sex allocation in Polygonatum odoratum (Liliaceae). Annals of Botany 94, 433–440.

13. Guitián, J., M. Medrano, C. M. Herrera, and A. M. Sánchez-Lafuente (2003) Variation in the structural gender in the hermaphrodite Helleborus foetidus (Ranunculaceae): within- and among-population patterns. Plant Systematics and Evolution 241, 139-151.

12. Guitián, P., M. Medrano, and J. Guitián (2003) Seed dispersal in Erythronium dens-canis L. (Liliaceae): variation among habitats in a myrmecochorous plant. Plant Ecology 169: 171-177.

11. Herrera, C. M., M. Medrano, P. J. Rey, A. M. Sánchez-Lafuente, M. B. García, J. Guitián, and A. J. Manzaneda (2002) Interaction of pollinators and herbivores on plant fitness suggests a pathway for correlated evolution of mutualism- and antagonism-related traits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99, 16823-16828.

10. Herrera, C. M., X. Cerdá, M. B. García, J. Guitián, M. Medrano, P. Rey, and A. M. Sánchez-Lafuente (2002) Floral integration, phenotypic covariance structure and pollinator variation in bumblebee-pollinated Helleborus foetidus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 15, 108-121.

09. Herrera, C. M., A. M. Sánchez-Lafuente, M. Medrano, J. Guitián, X. Cerdá, and P. Rey (2001) Geographical variation in autonomous self-pollination levels unrelated to pollinator service in Helleborus foetidus (Ranunculaceae). American Journal of Botany 88, 1025-1032.

08. Guitián, J., P. Guitián, and M. Medrano (2001) Causes of intra-inflorescence variation in fruit set in Polygonatum odoratum (Liliaceae) Plant Biology 3: 637-641.

07. Guitián, P., and M. Medrano (2000) Sex expression and fruit set in Silene littorea Brot.: variation among populations. Nordic Journal of Botany 20: 467-473.

06. Medrano, M., P. Guitián, and J. Guitián (2000) Patterns of fruit and seed set within inflorescences of Pancratium maritimum (Amaryllidaceae): non-uniform pollination, resource limitation or architectural effects? American Journal of Botany 87: 493-501.

05. Guitián, J., P. Guitián, M. Medrano, and J. M. Sánchez (1999) Variation in floral morphology and individual fecundity in Erythronium dens-canis (Liliaceae) Ecography 22: 708-714.

04. Medrano, M., P. Guitián, and J. Guitián (1999) Breeding system and temporal variation in fecundity of Pancratium maritimum L. (Amaryllidaceae) Flora 194: 13-19.

03. Guitián, J., P. Guitián, and M. Medrano (1998) Floral biology of the distylous mediterranean srhub Jasminum fruticans (Oleaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany 18: 195-201.

02. Guitián, P., M. Medrano, and M. Rodríguez (1997) Reproductive biology of Corema album (L.) D. Don (Empetraceae) in the northwest Iberian Peninsula. Acta Botanica Gallica 144: 119-128.

01. Sánchez, J. M., J. Izco, and M. Medrano (1996) Relationships between vegetation zonation and altitude in a salt marsh system in northwest Spain. Journal of Vegetation Science 7: 695-702.

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