Research Professor at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA), a joint center of the Spanish Research Council and the University of the Balearic Islands. She obtained her PhD in 1989 at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), investigating on plant-animal interactions in the tropical dry forest of Costa Rica. After two years of postdoc at Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), she moved to Mallorca where she currently leads the Terrestrial Ecology Laboratory. Although she has participated in different projects in the continent (e.g. Alaska, Mexico, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, several European countries), her research focuses mainly on insular systems, exploring how biotic interactions influence the regeneration and distribution of plants in them, and how such interactions are disrupted by different drivers of global change. Currently, she works on three research lines: (1) determining the effectiveness of vertebrates as pollinators and dispersers of island plants, (2) evaluating -using the network theory approach- the vulnerability and resilience of mutualistic networks to different types of disturbances (mostly biological invasions, habitat loss, and climate change), and (3) studying trophic relationships at the land-sea interface on small islands, biodiversity sanctuaries. She coordinates projects and leads expeditions in the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Galapagos and Seychelles.
Traveset has published over 200 scientific papers, the vast majority in indexed journals, belonging to the editorial committee of six of them: Oikos, PLoS ONE, Diversity and Distributions, AoB Plants, PeerJ, and J. Pollination Ecology. She has edited several special issues in international journals, and is currently editing a book on ‘Species Interactions and Invasive Plants’ commissioned by CAB International. Her name appears among the 1% of the most cited scientists in her field of research (Essential Science Indicators, ISI Web of Knowledge).
She has participated in different Evaluation Panels, including CNEAI, ANEP, Advanced Research Grants convened by the European Research Council (ERC), and has been Spanish representative in several international committees (LIFE, EURODIVERSITY, IUBS). Since 2015, she is a member of the Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is Vice-President of the Spanish Terrestrial Ecology Association (2015-2019) and a member of the CSIC’s Committee in the Area of Life. She belongs to the Alto Consejo Consultivo de I+D+I of the Generalitat Valenciana since 2018. She has participated as a professor in the Master on Global Change of Univ. Menéndez Pelayo (2009-2015), and is a member of the International Laboratory on Global Change (http://www.lincg.uc-csic.es/).
Traveset has supervised 17 PhD theses (5 ongoing) and 12 postdocs. She has participated in more than 100 conferences, having organized several international and national ones. She also dedicates part of her time to science dissemination, giving seminars in primary and secondary schools, and directing a webpage on the pollinators of the Balearic Islands (http://dev.polinib.info). She has won several prizes including Premi Bartomeu Darder (1996) awarded by Societat d’Historia Natural de Balears for her contributions to the study of plant-animal interactions on islands, and the Jaume I Prize (2017), being the first woman that obtains this award in the category of Environmental Protection.