Pilar Hurtado joins the team

Pilar Hurtado joins the team

Pilar Hurtado has just joined us through a 2-yr Juan de la Cierva-Formación postdoctoral contract. Pilar is a community ecologist specialised in lychens. She has worked on assessing the response of epiphytic communities to climate change and habitat fragmentation along large geographical gradients, on citizen science applications to assess the geographic distribution of biological soil crusts, and on evaluating the impact of global change on biodiversity and forest functioning. She uses 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.

You can follow Pilar’s research at her ORCID, ResearchGate, and Google Scholar pages.

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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