Max Willian is a Brazilian ecologist and entomologist interested in macroecological patterns, knowledge gaps and ecology of extreme environments. He did his PhD student in Ecology and Evolution at UFG, working on gaps in the knowledge about global termites, under the supervision of Joaquín Hortal, Juliana Stropp, and José Alexandre Felizola Diniz Filho.
Juan is a community ecologist and entomologist, currently working as Research Assistant at the LIFE Cañadas project in the Ecology Department of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research interests include the ecology and conservation of arthropods. He was André Mira and Joaquín Hortal’s MSc student at CSIC/UIMP MSc on Tropical Biology and Conservation, developing the project called “Effects of fire on the epigean arthropod communities of Doñana’s coastal dune ecosystem”, finished on september 2023.
Fernanda is a community ecologist and biogeographer, currently working on tropical biodiversity and ecosystems at CIBIO-InBio (Portugal) for project TROPIBIO. She did her PhD on Neotropical odonates at UFG (Brazil) under the supervision of Paulo de Marco Júnior and Joaquín Hortal, and a postdoc at MNCN (2017-2018) studying the diversity patterns of Neotropical organisms. Her research interests include understanding the local and large-scale determinants of biodiversity, how is it affected by anthropogenic stressors, and using new technologies and big data for conservation biogeography.
Jorge Noriega is a dung beetle ecologist based at Universidad de Los Andes, in Colombia. He did his PhD in the effects of human impacts on the functional structure and temporal dynamics of dung beetle communities and the ecosystem services they provide, under the supervision of Ana M. C. Santos and Joaquín Hortal (2014-2018).
Verónica (Chío) is a entomologist and parasitologist, working as assistant professor at Universidad Central del Ecuador. She did her PhD at MNCN-CSIC on phenology and diversity of dung beetle communities along altitudinal gradients, under the supervision of Joaquín Hortal and Francisco J. Cabrero-Sañudo (2011-2015).
Sergio is a plant community ecologist working as postdoc in the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) of the University of Lisbon, with broad interests in Plant community ecology. During his PhD, completed in 2016, Sergio studied the spatial and successional dynamics of xerophytic shrubs in SW Portugal dunes, co-supervised by Joaquín Hortal and Otília Correia. He is interested in the development of sustainable management strategies in cork and holm oak wood pastures (Montados/Dehesas), particularly conciliating conservation and maximizing ecosystem services. He is also involved in the use and development of citizen science as a tool for promoting citizen involvement in urban ecology and fighting plant blindness. Currently, he works at the project PORBIOTA, focused on the integration of existing biodiversity data aiming to provide services to the administration, the scientific community and society.
Sidney is a macroecologist interested in theoretical ecology, pursuing first principles of biodiversity patterns. He did his PhD at Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil, from 2010 to 2013, with a stay at MNCN in 2012, working on integrating physiological data to address macroecological patterns, under the supervision of Prof. José Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho and Joaquín Hortal. He is now a member of the INCT-EECBio project, coordinated by Prof. Diniz-Filho. Sidney also coordinates his own projects, most aimed at integrating physical principles to understand species’ trait evolution and diversity. He is now Adjunct Professor at the Universidade Federal de Sergipe, and holds a research productivity grant from CNPq, Brazil.
Juliana is a tropical ecologist investigating biodiversity and taxonomic uncertainty in the African and Amazonian rainforests. Her research explores how the environment shapes species distribution and how patchy sampling and species discoveries affect our understanding of biodiversity. She held a MSCA and a MSCA-IF at MNCN-CSIC (2019-2023), working on the project TAXON-TIME to explore how the dynamics of species discoveries and taxonomic reclassifications impact established patterns of plant diversity and distribution. Now she’s a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Biogeography of Trier University.
Pilar is a community ecologist assessing the response of epiphytic communities to different global change drivers (climate change and habitat fragmentation) along large geographical gradients. She held a Juan de la Cierva- Formación fellowship at MNCN-CSIC during 2022, and now she is a postdoctoral researcher at Unviersidad Rey Juan Carlos and Universitá de Genova. She is interested in evaluating the impact of global change on biodiversity and forest functioning, using experimental, field and data-based approaches in community ecology and biogeography to identify conservation priorities and design evidence-based conservation strategies that secure the persistence of key ecosystem services.
Joaquín is a community ecologist currently working as “Ramón y Cajal” researcher at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain). He did his PhD on geographical gradients of arthropod diversity, under the supervision of Joaquín Hortal and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (2013-2017).
Cristina is an insect ecologist, currently working as biologist for a local government in Brazil. She did her PhD at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), studying the diversity and community structure of dung beetles along the elevational gradient of Itatiaia National Park (RJ, Brazil), under the supervision of Ricardo F. Monteiro, Júlio Louzada and Joaquín Hortal (2010-2014).
Nagore did her PhD on the diversity, biogeography and conservation status of the epiphytic bryophites from the Mediterranean forests of the Iberian Peninsula, under the supervision of Francisco Lara, Vicente Mazimpaka and Joaquín Hortal. She is currently Associate Professor (Prof. Contratada Doctora) at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Rosa M. Chefaoui is an ecologist focused on marine, coastal and terrestrial environments. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain). Rosa is interested in the effects of climate change on marine benthic species, from genetic diversity to spatial and temporal dynamics of communities. She is also interested in the application of multidisciplinary approaches involving physiological experiments, field surveys and varied analytical methods. She did her PhD at the MNCN from 2005-2010 working on methodology and applications of Ecological Niche Modelling for the conservation of threatened invertebrates under the supervision of Jorge Lobo and Joaquín Hortal.
Alice is a computational macroecologist. She did her MSc at UFG on the global patterns of species descriptions and species and taxonomic revisions of bats, under the supervision of Joaquín Hortal and Daniel Brito (2011–2013). After her PhD, she decided to study computing science, and is now working as IT consultant in Brazil.
Fernando did his PhD (2018-2023) at MNCN-CSIC and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) under the supervision of Nagore G. Medina, Belén Estébanez and Pedro Aragón. He worked in species distributions, coexistence and colonization processes in mosses at project SCENIC (previously at UNITED). He also enjoys and participates in popular science and has been disseminating science since he started studying biology in 2010.
Pablo Castro is a PhD student working at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). He took a JAE-Intro scholarship at MNCN-CSIC (2020-2021) to study the relative importance of abiotic filtering and biotic interactions in the assembly of dung beetle communities in three deserts. His research interests include understanding the role of species traits in community assembly and niche complementarity.
Tiago is an ecologist and ichthyologist, working as associate professor at the Federal University of Pará (Brasil). He did his PhD on knowledge shortfalls and evolution of diet of Neotropical fishes at the same institution under the supervision of Luciano Montag, Paulo De Marco Júnior and Joaquín Hortal. His research interests include general patterns of fish ecology such as feeding and reproduction aspects. He is also interested in using big data approache to reveal gaps in biodiversity knowledge.
Marcelo Bruno Pessôa is a dung beetle ecologist, biogeographer, and macroecologist. He is interested in understanding how the functional aspects of dung beetle ecology shape the functioning of their communities at local and broad scales. He did his PhD on the drivers of the dung beetle latitudinal diversity gradient in the Neotropic, the effects of forest conversion on the functional structure of dung beetle communities, and the scale of trait filtering, under the supervision of Joaquín Hortal and Paulo De Marco (2015-2019).
Indra is a functional ecologist specialized at the community level interested in promoting the widespread use of traits across animal and plant taxa. He now works as data, field and lab technician. He did his PhD at MNCN and Universidad de Granada (2013-2018), working on a synthesis of the functional meaning of traits of dung beetles, an effect-traits experiment and a response-traits field study in three hot deserts of the world (Sahara, Kalahari and Chihuahua) under the supervision of Joaquín Hortal and Francisco Sánchez-Piñero. He participated in projects SCARPO (as PhD candidate) and UNITED (as a technician).
Geiziane is a biogeographer and ecologist actively working on macroecology and ecological models, with emphasis on methods in species distribution models, computational simulations and biodiversity data quality. She did her PhD at Federal University of Goiás (Brazil) under the supervision of Joaquín Hortal, working on uncertainty in species distribution models. In recent years she has focused on the development of methods and tools to analyze and quantify biodiversity data quality in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. She is currently working as postdoctoral researcher at Federal University of Goiás (Brazil) and also as data analyst at the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development.
Carolina Ureta is a Mexican ecologist and biogeographer currently working as Associate Professor at the “Instituto de Ciencias de la Atmósfera y Cambio Climático” in UNAM. Her research interests are in the conservation of the biodiversity and agrobiodiversity under climate change scenarios. She was Joaquín Hortal’s MSc student at Imperial College and worked with a project called “Developing conservation strategies for two endangered Mexican cacti under climate change”. Afterwards she carried out her PhD at “Instituto de Biología” in UNAM.