Born in Madrid in 1968, Degree in Biology in 1991, and Doctor in Biological Sciences in 1997 at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2000, she joined the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation of the Rey Juan Carlos University as Associate Professor. She is currently Full Professor at the same University.
As academic responsibilities, she has been Subdirector at the Rey Juan Carlos University, being responsible of the curricula development during 4 years. Since June 2018, she is Vice Chancellor of Postgraduate Studies at the same University. She has collaborated with the Spanish National Research Agency since January 2014 to July 2018, leading the Area of ‘Evolution, Systematics and Plant Conservation’. Since January 2019, she is Technical Collaborator as Evaluator in the Area I+D+i of the Knowledge Agency of Andalucia. Moreover, she has been Secretary of the Spanish Lichenological Association along 4 years, and she was the elected president of the Spanish Lichenological Association since 2011 to 2018.
She has four recognized periods of research activity. She has been the leading researcher of 14 research projects, and she has also participated as a researcher in more than 20 projects. She has supervised seven Doctoral Thesis (four more are ongoing) and more than 30 BSc and MSc. She has published more than 130 articles, most of them in scientific SCI journals (Science, Ecology Letters, Ecological Applications, Biological Conservation, Annals of Botany, etc.). She has also written several books and book chapters. On the other hand, she has presented more than 90 contributions to national or international conferences. She is also involved in several research networks financed by different institutions: REMEDINAL focused on restoration and biodiversity topics and ECOMETAS, dedicated to detect ongoing topics on Ecology and Biodiversity studies. She enjoined several research visits at different Universities in Austria, Finland, Portugal, USA, etc.
Her main research interests focus on lichenized fungi. Her interest ranges from taxonomic and evolutionary studies, to studies on ecology of epiphytic communities of Mediterranean and temperate forests of both hemispheres and terrestrial communities of arid and semiarid systems at the global scale, or studies about population dynamics of threatened species. She keeps international collaborations with researchers from Ecuador, Chile, México, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, USA, etc.
She is interested in science diffusion activities, so she has participated in the Science Week, Researchers Night, etc. Furthermore, she has organized different academic activities, such as the 1st Science and Human Rights Conference in the URJC, the Spanish Biology Deans Conference, or the XXI Cryptogamic Botany Meeting.