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 eight Doctoral Thesis, and three 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 135 articles, most of them in scientific SCI journals (Science, Ecology Letters, Ecological Applications, Philosophical Transactions, Oikos, Biological Conservation, Journal of Ecology,  etc.). I also have written several 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 collaborated with the Spanish National Research Agency (2014-2018), leading the area of  "Evolution, Systematics and Plant Conservation", belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Currently, I am a technical collaborator as evaluator at the Andalusian Knowledge Agency (DEVA-AAC) .  I want also to highlight that I was the elected president of the Spanish Lichenological Association since 2011 to 2018. 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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  • - Hurtado, P.; Matos, P.; Aragón, G.; Branquinho, C.; Prieto, M.; Martínez, I. (2020). How much matching there is in functional, phylogenetic and taxonomic optima of epiphytic macrolichen communities along an European climatic gradient? Science of the Total Environment 712: 136533.
    - Hurtado, P.; Prieto, M.; Martínez-Vilalta, J.; Giordani, P.; Aragón, G.; .......; Martínez, I. (2020). Disentangling functional trait variation and covariation in epiphytic lichens along a continent-wide latitudinal gradient. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20192862.
    - Hurtado, P.; Prieto, M.; Aragón, G.; de Bello, F.; Martínez, I. (2020). Intraspecific variability drives functional changes in lichen epiphytic communities across Europe. Ecology 101: e03017. 
    - Cardós, J. L. H.; Prieto, M.; Jylhä, M.; Aragón, G.; Molina, M. C.; Martínez, I.; Rikkinen, J. (2019). A case study on the re-establishment of the cyanolichen symbiosis: where do the compatible photobionts come from? Annals of Botany 124: 379388.
    - Hurtado, P.; Prieto, M.; Aragón, G.; Escudero, A.; Martínez, I. (2019). Critical predictors of functional phylogenetic and taxonomic diversity are geographically structured in lichen epiphytic communities. Journal of Ecology 107: 2303-2316.
    - Cardós, J. L. H.; Martínez, I.; Aragón, G.; Ellis, C. J. (2018). Role of past and present landscape structure in determining epiphyte richness in fragmented Mediterranean forests. Landscape Ecology 33: 1757-1768.
    - 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: 871881.
    - Aragón, G.; Belinchón, R.; Martínez, I.; Prieto, M. (2016). A survey method for assessing the richness of epiphytic lichens using growth forms. Ecological Indicators 62: 101105.
    - 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.
    - Aragón, G.; Abuja, L.; Belinchón, R.; Martínez, I. (2015). Edge type determines the intensity of forest edge effect on epiphytic communities. European Journal of Forest Research 134: 443451. 
    - 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: 451458. 
    - 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.