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.