I am a botanist and biogeographer with a focus in long term history. I apply ecoinformatics tools on current an palaeobiological records to address questions at different spatial and taxonomic scales about biogeography, macroecology, community-ecology, anthropization and/or climate change.
I studied Biology at University of Granada (Spain), where I also got my PhD on Aerobiology (study of airborne pollen and spores) in 2008. During this period I became interested in spatial analysis and modelling and their applications to interpolate aerobiological data from sampling networks.
Since January 2010, I was working for MISUR S.L., managing the I+D department, supervising the design and building of a growing mushroom factory. This young company aim to use olive oil waste, which is biotoxic, to crop the edible mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus, whereas the exhausted substrate remain completely harmless.
After one year and a half away from the academia, I got a postdoc in the Ecoinformatic and Biodiversity Group (Aarhus University) to study plant diversity and distribution, and the role of interspecific interactions on spatial modelling. After two years working in Denmark I got a new postdoc in the Appalachian Lab (University of Maryland – Center for Environmental Science). My research lines included the study of biotic interactions and dispersal limitations using Species Distribution Models (SDMs) and Community Level Models (CLMs) through long term records of vegetation changes.
Current position and research interests
After another postdoc at the University of Granada, where I worked developing tools (mainly an R-package) to handle and interact with the European Pollen Database, I got a position as assistant professor at University of Córdoba. My research interest is in combining current and palaeobiological records with ecoinformatics and spatiotemporal analysis to better understand biodiversity and biogeographic patterns, as well as community ecology, and macroecology.