Biogeography and community ecology
My main research aim is to determine why is biodiversity – and in particular community structure – geographically distributed in the way it is, and to identify the processes that domain the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological assemblages.
I am particularly interested in the origin of the geographic patterns of biodiversity.
A closely related area of research is the organization of biological communities in time and space.
A less theoretical line of research – though quite important to study biodiversity in the real world – is the measurement of biological diversity and the biases associated with biodiversity data.
Finally, as biodiversity research is currently a ‘science of crisis’, I also work on practical applications for conservation and management of biodiversity.
I am a biogeographer and community ecologist, working as scientific researcher at the Department of Biogeography and Global Change of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC).
I am also external professor of the Postgraduate Course on Ecology and Evolution of the Universidade Federal de Goiás, scientific collaborator of cE3c – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes of the Universidade de Lisboa, and member of eBryo – Research Group on Experimental Bryology.