BioNCCE

BIOgeography, Nature Conservation & Community Ecology Group

(not only single ladies)

BioNCCE is a research group that focuses on a wide variety of topics, scales and organisms. Biogeography and community ecology, merge with the impacts of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and also nature conservation. Our current projects focus on insects, plants and vertebrates, from local scales, to islands and continental regions.

We promote a healthy work environment, team work and gender equality in science.

Group members

Ana M. C. Santos

Principal Investigator

Ana (Guida) is focused on understanding patterns and processes in community assembly and ecosystem functioning at different scales, using an interdisciplinary approach combining field, experimental and already compiled data with ecological modelling, with the ultimate goal of linking biogeographical and community-level processes.

She has expanded her research with field and laboratory experiments on the impact of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, resulting in novel results on the relationship between dung decomposition, land intensification and climate change.

The combination of these top-down and bottom-up approaches led to her ongoing research on: (i) cross-scale spatial and temporal variations in biodiversity and associated processes; (ii) trait evolution on islands throughout island ontogeny; (iii) assessing how the quality and resolution of data affect pattern interpretation; and (iv) the effects of regional processes and global change on ecosystem functioning.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ana-Santos-136

ana.margarida.c.santos@gmail.com

William Mustin Carvalho, Research Fellow

William Mustin Carvalho

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

William is a Maria Zambrano Research fellow, and he is interested in understanding diversity patterns of bats across different scales, and how humans affect the distribution and activity of these mammals.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/William-Carvalho-6

wilruoca@hotmail.com

William Mustin Carvalho, Research Fellow

André Menegotto

Research Fellow

André is a Juan de la Cierva (Formación) Research fellow, and he is a macroecologist interested in understanding diversity patterns, particularly of marine and island systems.

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=H-bQT6EAAAAJ&hl=en

andre.menegotto@gmail.com

Eva Cuesta

Postdoc researcher associated to DUNGPOOL project

Eva is a dung beetle ecologist, interested in the thermal physiology of dung beetles. She has fieldwork experience and an extensive taxonomic knowledge of dung beetles.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eva-Cuesta-3

eva.cuesta@uam.es

To be announced

PhD student associated to DUNGPOOL project

Sonia Llorente

Sonia Llorente Culebras

PhD student

Sonia is studying how different facets of biodiversity (including functional and phylogenetic diversity) are being protected at different scales.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sonia-Llorente-Culebras

sonia.llorente@uam.es

Ana Santos

Ana Santos Torres

PhD student

Ana is studying how conservation actions directed to protect Dupont’s Lark, affect other taxonomic groups, namely dung beetles, plants, other birds, and also decomposition rates.

ana.santost@uam.es

Sofia Kuhn

MSc student

Sofia is studying the effects of global change on dung beetles local diversity and ecosystem functions in Madrid region.

sofia.kuhn@estudiante.uam.es

Javier Sánchez González

MSc student

Javier is evaluating if the functional structure of dung beetles communities is stable through time

javier.sanchezg01@estudiante.uam.es

Elena Sánchez García

BSc student

Elena is studying seasonal variations in the diversity of dung beetles in the Community of Madrid

Jhair Cortez Marrero

BSc student

Jhair is evaluating the effects of the landscape and habitat management on the diversity of dung beetles in Comunidad de Madrid

Past Group Members

PhD Students

Maria Leo Montes

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2019-2022

“Plant dispersal syndromes and diversity patterns in two Macaronesian archipelagos”.

 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maria-Leo-Montes

Jorge Ari Noriega Alvarado

Universidad de Alcalá

2014-2018

“Anthropic perturbations, functional structure and dung beetle ecosystem services (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)”. Co-supervisor: Dr. Joaquín Hortal, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Spain.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jorge-Noriega-4

MSc Students

Antoní Barceló

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2021-2023

 

“Patrones de acumulación del conocimiento sobre la taxonomía, distribución, morfología y biología de avispas parasitoides (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea)”. [Patterns of knowledge accumulation about the taxonomy, distribution, morphology, and biology of parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera; Ichneumonoidea)]

Co-supervisors: Geiziane Tessarolo & Owen Jones.

Margalida Rodríguez

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2021-2023

“Cambios a largo plazo en la diversidad y composición de las comunidades de coleópteros coprófagos en la Comunidad de Madrid”. [Long-term changes in the diversity and composition of dung beetle communities in the Comunidad de Madrid]

Co-supervisor: Eva María Cuesta Moreno.

 

Sonia Llorente

Sonia Llorente Culebras

Universidad de Alcalá

2017-2018

“Taxonomic and functional diversity of vertebrate communities in protected areas of the Iberian Peninsula”. 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sonia-Llorente-Culebras

Juan Carlos Pedriza Herrero

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2015-2016

“Patrones de riqueza de parasitóides (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) en Europa: influencia de components bióticos y abióticos” [Richness patters of parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) in Europe: influence of biotic and abiotic factors]. 

Undergraduate Students

Bárbara Esteban Albornos

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2022-2023

 “Relación entre la diversidad de plantas y artrópodos en las parameras de Molina de Aragón”.

Co-supervisor: Ana Santos Torres.

Elena Forgione Ciarrocchi

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2022-2023

“Efectos del paisaje sobre la diversidad de murciélagos insectívoros en el Parque Forestal de Valdelatas y su entorno”.

Co-supervisor: William Douglas Mustin de Carvalho

Javier Sánchez González

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2021-202

“Efecto de la cantidad de recurso trófico en la captura de coleópteros coprófagos en el bosque de Valdelatas (Madrid)”.

Co-supervisor: Eva Cuesta Moreno.

Elena Tocino del Amo

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2021-2022

“Patrones de investigación en la función ecológica de descomposición animal”.

Co-supervisor: Pedro Pérez Olea

Sara García-Baltasar Gómez

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2021-2022

“Relación entre el tamaño corporal y el estado de conservación de las aves europeas”

Co-supervisor: Sonia Llorente-Culebras

Erika Barahona Muzo

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2020-2021

“Diferencias de género en los cuerpos editoriales de revistas de Ecologia”

Alberto Muñoz López

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2020-2021

“Fenologia de la fauna de coleopteros coprófagos de Valdelatas”

Beatriz Martínez García

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

2020-2021

“Uso de habitats por los coleopteros coprófagos en Valdelatas”. [Habitat use of dung beetles in Valdelatas. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain).

Raquel Valverde Segura

Universidad de Alcalá

2018-2019

“Determinantes de la diversidad de mamíferos amenazados en islas”.

Co-supervisors: Margarita Florencio Díaz & Miguel Ángel Rodríguez.

Sheyla Pindado Sanz-Cruzado

Universidad de Alcalá

2018-2019

“El efecto de la maternidad y la paternidad en el desarrollo de la Carrera científica en España” [The effect of maternity and paternity in the development of the scientific career in Spain].

Co-supervisors: Sara Villén Pérez; Paloma Ruíz Benito.

Bárbara Borgia Royo

Universidad de Alcalá

2018-2019

“Igualdad de género en las universidades europeas” [Gender equality in European Universities].

Co-supervisors: Sara Villén Pérez; Paloma Ruíz Benito.

Lara Río Moreno

Universidad de Alcalá

2017-2018

“Determinantes de la diversidad de mamíferos amenazados en islas” [Determinants of the diversity of threatened mammal species on islands]. Co-supervisor: Margarita Florencio. Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain).

Technicians

Inés Jiménez

2023

Project: “DUNGPOOL – Efectos del pool de especies y procesos de ensamblaje de comunidades sobre la diversidad y funciones ecosistemicas de los escarabajos coprófagos en un mundo más cálido”. [DUNGPOOL – Effects of species pool and community assembly processes on dung beetle diversity and ecosystem functions in a warming world]

Financed by: Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación; Spanish Government). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.  [PID2021-122380NA-I00]. 

Javier Sánchez González

2023

Project: “DUNGPOOL – Efectos del pool de especies y procesos de ensamblaje de comunidades sobre la diversidad y funciones ecosistemicas de los escarabajos coprófagos en un mundo más cálido”. [DUNGPOOL – Effects of species pool and community assembly processes on dung beetle diversity and ecosystem functions in a warming world]

Financed by: Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación; Spanish Government). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.  [PID2021-122380NA-I00]. 

Sandra Grzechnik

2019

Project: “Impactos y mitigación de los efectos del calentamiento global en los servicios ecosistémicos proporcionados por escarabajos coprófagos de pastizales de montaña” [Impacts and mitigation of the effects of climate change on the ecosystem services provided by dung beetles in mountain pasturelands]

Financed by: Fundación Biodiversidad (Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico; Spanish Government). Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain).

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sandra_Grzechnik

Indradatta de Castro-Arrazola

2018-2019

Project: “Impactos y mitigación de los efectos del calentamiento global en los servicios ecosistémicos proporcionados por escarabajos coprófagos de pastizales de montaña” [Impacts and mitigation of the effects of climate change on the ecosystem services provided by dung beetles in mountain pasturelands]

Financed by: Fundación Biodiversidad (Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico; Spanish Government). Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain).

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Indradatta-Decastro-Arrazola