Gomez-Aparicio, Lorena


Lorena Gomez-Aparicio

She is a research scientist at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville (IRNAS-CSIC). She got her PhD in 2004 at the University of Granada (Granada, Spain). The work developed in her thesis on plant-plant interactions applied to the restoration of degraded systems had a large international impact and constitutes a reference in its area. In 2005 she got a MEC/Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to continue her research at the prestigious Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (New York, USA) analyzing the impacts of invasive tree species on temperate forests. She returned to Spain in 2007 with a Juan de la Cierva fellowship at IRNAS-CSIC (Seville). In 2009 she got a Ramón & Cajal fellowship and later a permanent position at the Forest Research Center (National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology). In 2010 she moved back to IRNAS-CSIC, where she currently leads the research group on Mediterranean Forest Systems. The research line of her lab focuses on the impacts of global change drivers on the structure and function of forest systems, with particular interest in climate change and exotic species. She addresses this goal by using a novel combination of observational, experimental and modelling approaches within the fields of plant demography, ecophysiology, community ecology, soil microbiology, and biogeochemistry. Her research is therefore highly multidisciplinary.

Gómez-Aparicio has published near 100 scientific works, more than half of them in international ISI journals of ecology, plant sciences and forestry (> 95% Q1).  She has participated in 25 competitive research projects, and presented more than 100 contributions to national and international scientific meetings. She has been visiting scientist in European (Wageningen) and North American universities (Montana, California). Gomez-Aparicio has been invited in several occasions to participate as speaker in international conferences and PhD juries, and is a member of the International Global Change Laboratory (LINCGlobal). She evaluates scientific proposals for funding agencies of multiple countries (ANEP, NSF, FWO), serves as regular reviewer for more than 60 international scientific journals, and is an associate editor of Journal of Ecology. She has supervised 5 postdoctoral and 6 PhD students to date (2018), and is a professor at the Master Degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at Pablo de Olavide University (Sevilla). She is actively involved in the dissemination of her research to students and citizens through a variety of activities (Café con Ciencia, Pint of Science). The results of her research provide valuable applied information for the restoration, conservation and management of forest systems, so she collaborates with stakeholders of the forestry sector through the participation in advisory boards at local, regional and national scale.