Born 07.09.1973 in Palma de Mallorca, Dr. Flexas is an Associate Professor at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) since 2001. Among other academic responsibilities, he has been Associate Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Head of the degree of Biology; responsible for the subject of Biology in the admission tests to the University; and supervisor of more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, as well as coordinator of three Erasmus exchange programs. He has also been an Assistant Collaborator of the Plant and Animal Biology and Ecology area for the National Agency for Project Evaluation (ANEP); evaluator for several countries and EC project-funding agencies; editor of several peer-reviewed journals and occasional reviewer for more than 60 scientific journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, etc.
His major research topics include plant responses to multiple abiotic and biotic stresses; photosynthesis mechanisms and remote sensing; mechanistic basis of mesophyll conductance to CO2; water use efficiency of plants; and plant ecophysiology and adaptation to extreme environments. He has been principal investigator of several national and European projects, and published more than 150 publications in international peer-review scientific journals and books and more than 150 communications in conferences and workshops, collaborating with more than 250 co-authors from more than 30 countries. His best papers are in broad-spectrum science journals such as Nature and wide-circulation specialized journals such as Trends in Ecology and Evolution, as well as in top-ten journals in Plant Science including Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, New Phytologist, Plant Cell and Environment o Journal of Experimental Botany. Overall, > 75% of his publications are in journals included in the first quartile of categories Agriculture (Multidisciplinary), Agronomy, Ecology, Forestry, Horticulture, Multidisciplinary Sciences, Plant Sciences and Remote Sensing. His research has received several honors and awards, including the Spanish National Research Award on Water Relations (Spanish Society of Plant Physiology, Section on Water Relations); the Premi Bartomeu Darder of the Societat d’Història Natural de les Illes Balears for the best naturalistic work related to the Balearic Islands (Gulías, Flexas et al. 2003 Annals of Botany 92, 215-222); the Premio Sabater (Spanish Society of Plant Physiology) to the best young scientist (i.e., under 35) in plant physiology; and the Young Scientist FESPB Award to the best young scientist (i.e., under 35) in plant physiology (Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology). Since September 2005 he is identified by Web of Science as one of the world’s Most Cited authors in the fields of ‘Plant and Animal Sciences’ and ‘Environment/Ecology’ and since 2014 he is included in Thomson Reuters ‘Highly Cited Authors’ list, which identifies the most influential researchers in any scientific field.