Fernando Hurtado is now a doctor

Fernando Hurtado is now a doctor

Fernando Hurtado made a great defence of his PhD thesis during his viva yesterday, 16th november, at the Universidad de Alcalá.

Fernando has been working on the determinants of the distribution and coexistence of moss species, taking a hybrid approach based on experiments, field data on communities and data on species occurrences. He has studied the influence of propagules on species’ establisment and the coexistence of species along environmental gradients at the small scale of growth chambers. And he has also worked on the co-occurrence of pairs of species at scales that go from tree trunk to regions within the Iberian Peninsula, using a more macroecological approach. His PhD is part of the UNITED and SCENIC projects, and was co-supervised by Nagore G. Medina and Belén Estébanez from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Pedro Aragón of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, with help from Joaquín Hortal at MNCN – where he was placed, Lars Götzenberger and Jan Lepš from the University of South Bohemia at České Budějovice (Czech Republic), and João Gonçalves and Helena Hespanhol from CIBIO at Universidade do Porto (Portugal), through two secondments. Some additional papers from this PhD will come out in the forthcoming months.

¡¡¡Felicidades Fernando!!!

About The Author

Joaquín Hortal

I am a biogeographer with broad interests in macroecology, community ecology, island biogeography, insect ecology, evolution, and biodiversity research. My main research aim is to determine why biodiversity – and in particular community structure – is geographically distributed the way it is, and to identify the processes that domain the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological assemblages. I work as Scientific Researcher at the Department of Biogeography and Global Change of the Natural History Museum in Madrid (MNCN), a research institute of the Spanish Scientific Council (CSIC). I am also External Professor at the Departamento de Ecologia of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in Brazil, and Associate Researcher of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

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