María Isabel Martínez Moreno
Catedrático/a de Universidad
Vicerrectora de Postgrado
Sexenios investigación


E.S. CC. Experimentales y Tecnología


Biología y Geología, Física y Química Inorgánica


Información general
  • I am a Full Professor of the Biodiversity and Conservation Unit in the Department of Biology, Geology, Physics and Inorganic Chemistry of the Rey Juan Carlos University. Currently I have four recognized periods of research activity. My main research interests focus on lichens, approaching this field from a variety of disciplines, such as conservation biology, community ecology of epiphytic and terricolous lichens, population dynamics of threatened species, taxonomy, systematic, phylogeny and evolution. I keep international collaborations with researchers from Ecuador, Chile, México, Italy, Austria, Portugal, UK, Sweden, USA, etc. I am also involved in several research networks financed by different institutions: REMEDINAL, which is focused on restoration and biodiversity topics and ECOMETAS, dedicated to detect ongoing topics on Ecology and Biodiversity studies. I have supervised seven Doctoral Thesis, and four more are in process. I have also been the leading researcher of 14 R&D projects financed by some important entities such as the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment, etc. Moreover, I have participated as a researcher in 22 projects financed by UE, OHL, Ferrovial, BBVA, CAM, CYTED, URJC, etc. As indicators of my scientific productivity, I have published more than 120 articles, most of them in scientific SCI journals (Science, Ecology Letters, Ecological Applications, Philosophical Transactions, Oikos, Biological Conservation, etc.). I also have written 6 books and book chapters. On the other hand, I have presented more than 90 contributions to national or international conferences. Regarding my activity as a professor, I have taught many subjects in the Enviromental Sciences and Biology degrees. I have also participated in different subjects of different Master Degrees. Related to my management activity, I want to highlight that I collaborate with the Spanish National Research Agency since 2014, leading the area of ¿Evolution, Systematics and Plant Conservation, belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. I want also to highlight that I am the elected president of the Spanish Lichenological Association since 2011. Moreover, I was Subdirector in the Rey Juan Carlos University, being responsible of the curricula development, during 4 years. I am a reviewer of many scientific journals too, as well as reviewer of research projects of the Spanish National Plan and other foreign entities (Argentina, Chile, the Netherlands, EU, etc.). I am also a member of the Editorial Committee of the journal ¿Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid¿. I am interested in science diffusion activity, so I have participated in the Science Week, Researchers Night, etc. Furthermore, I have organized different academic activities, such as the 1st Science and Human Rights Conference in the URJC, the Spanish Biology Deans Conference, or the XXI Criptogamic Botany Meeting.

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Códigos de investigador
  • Concostrina-Zubiri, L.; Martínez, I.; Escudero, A. (2018). Lichen-biocrust diversity in a fragmented dryland: fine scale factors are better predictors than landscape structure. Science of the Total Environment 628-629: 882-892. Cardós, J. L. H.; Aragón, G.; Martínez, I. (2017). A species on a tightrope: Establishment limitations of an endangered lichen in a fragmented Mediterranean landscape. American Journal of Botany 104: 527-537. Merinero, S.; Aragón, G.; Martínez, I. (2017). Intraspecific life history variation in contrasting habitats: Insights from an obligate symbiotic organism. American Journal of Botany 104: 1099-1107. Merinero, S.; Méndez, M.; Aragón, G.; Martínez, I. (2017). Variation in the reproductive strategy of a lichenized fungus along a climatic gradient. Annals of Botany 120: 63-70. Prieto, M.; Martínez, I.; Aragón, G.; Verdú, M. (2017). Phylogenetic and functional structure of lichen communities under contrasting environmental conditions. Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 871¿881. Rubio-Salcedo, M.; Psomas, A.; Prieto, M.; Zimmermann, N. E.; Martínez, I. (2017). Case study of the implications of climate change for lichen diversity and distributions. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 1121-1141. Cardós, J. L. H.; Martínez, I.; Calvo, V.; Aragón, G. (2016). Epiphyte communities in Mediterranean fragmented forests: importance of the fragment size and the surrounding matrix. Landscape Ecology 31: 1975-1995. Matos, P.; Pinho, P.; Aragón, G.; Martínez, I.; Nunes, A.; Soares, A. M. V. M.; Branquinho, C. (2015). Lichen traits responding to aridity. Journal of Ecology103: 451¿458. Merinero, S.; Martínez, I.; Rubio-Salcedo, M.; Gauslaa, Y. (2015). Epiphytic lichen growth in Mediterranean forests: Effects of proximity to the ground and reproductive stage. Basic and Applied Ecology 16: 220-230. Otálora, M. A. G.; Belinchón, R.; Prieto, M.; Aragón, G.; Izquierdo, P.; Martínez, I. (2015). The threatened epiphytic lichen Lobaria pulmonaria in the Iberian Peninsula: Genetic diversity and structure across a latitudinal gradient. Fungal Biology 119: 802-811. Concostrina-Zubiri, L.; Huber-Sannwald, E.; Martínez, I.; Flores Flores, J. L.; Reyes-Agüero, J. A.; Escudero, A.; Belnap, J. (2014). Biological soil crusts across disturbance¿recovery scenarios: effect of grazing regime on community dynamics. Ecological Applications 24: 1863-1877. Concostrina-Zubiri, L.; Martínez, I.; Rabasa, S. G.; Escudero, A. (2014). The influence of environmental factors on biological soil crust: from a community perspective to a species level. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 503-513. Martínez, I.; Flores, T.; Aragón, G.; Otálora, M. A. G.; Rubio-Salcedo, M. (2014). What factors influence the occurrence of the genus Degelia (a threatened lichen) in central Spain? Fungal Ecology 11: 50-59. Merinero, S.; Rubio-Salcedo, M.; Aragón, G.; Martínez, I. (2014). Environmental factors that drive the distribution and abundance of a threatened cyanolichen in Southern Europe: A multi-scale approach. American Journal of Botany 101: 1876-1885. Concostrina-Zubiri, L.; Huber-Sannwald, E.; Martínez, I.; Flores Flores, J. L.; Escudero, A. (2013). Biological soil crusts greatly contribute to small-scale soil heterogeneity along a grazing gradient. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 64: 28-36. Otálora, M. A. G.; Salvador, C.; Martínez, I.; Aragón, G. (2013). Does the r