I am interested in better understanding past, current, and future patterns of biodiversity, as well as the drivers and processes leading to such patterns. Although I feel passionate about all aspects of biodiversity (different spatial scales, taxonomical groups, and/or time periods), I focus in plant diversity patterns during the past and it’s changes during long term periods of environmental and ecological change and both local and continental scales.


PhD Thesis

  • Nieto-Lugilde, D. (2008) Estudio aerobiológico de la zona costera de la provincia de Granada (Motril): evolución de las concentraciones de polen y esporas. Universidad de Granada, Granada.



  • Bobo-Pinilla, J., Nieto Lugilde, D., Terrab, A., Balao, F., & Peñas, J. (2022). Spatially explicit assessment of genetic variation to inform conservation effort for an endangered Mediterranean conifer, Cedrus atlantica. Ecology and Evolution, 12(12): e9613. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.9613

  • González-Hernández, A., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Alba-Sánchez, F., & Peñas, J. (2022). Biological Interaction as a Possible Ultimate Driver in the Local Extinction of Cedrus atlantica in the Iberian Peninsula. Diversity, 14(2): 2. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020136


  • González-Hernández, A., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Peñas, J., & Alba-Sánchez, F. (2021). Lean Pattern in an Altitude Range Shift of a Tree Species: Abies pinsapo Boiss. Forests, 12(11): 1451. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12111451

  • Nieto-Lugilde, D., Blois, J.L., Bonet-García, F.J., Giesecke, T., Gil-Romera, G., & Seddon, A. (2021) Time to better integrate paleoecological research infrastructures with neoecology to improve understanding of biodiversity long-term dynamics and to inform future conservation. Environmental Research Letters, 16(9): 095005. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac1b59

  • Pradhan, K., Nieto-Lugilde, D., & Fitzpatrick, M.C. (2021) Relationships between climate and phylogenetic community structure of fossil pollen assemblages are not constant during the last deglaciation. PLoS ONE, 16(7): e0240957. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240957


  • Nieto-Lugilde, D., Torrecilla-Salinas, C.J., De Troyer, O. & Gutiérrez, J. (2019) «Designing a serious game as a tool for landscape and urban planning immersive learning». In Workshop, Long and Short Paper, and Poster Proceedings from the Fifth Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN 2019 London). Edited by Dennis Beck, Anasol Pena Rios, Tod Ogle, Daphne Economou, Markos Mentzelopoulos, Leonel Morgado, Christian Eckhardt, et al., 2019:140-147. London. https://doi.org/10.3217/978-3-85125-657-4-20


  • Nieto-Lugilde, D., López-Sáez, J.A., & Alba-Sánchez, F. (2018) Estudiando los determinantes de la composición de comunidades y sus dinámicas en el pasado incorporando información filogenética y funcional al registro fósil. Revista Ecosistemas, 27, 52–61.

  • Nieto-Lugilde, D., Maguire, K.C., Blois, J.L., Williams, J.W., & Fitzpatrick, M.C. (2018) Multiresponse algorithms for community-level modelling: Review of theory, applications, and comparison to species distribution models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 834–848.

  • Garrido-García, J.A., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Alba-Sánchez, F., & Soriguer, R.C. (2018) Agricultural intensification during the Late Holocene rather than climatic aridification drives the population dynamics and the current conservation status of Microtus cabrerae, an endangered Mediterranean rodent. Journal of Biogeography, 45, 448–460.

  • Fitzpatrick, M.C., Blois, J.L., Williams, J.W., Nieto‐Lugilde, D., Maguire, K.C., & Lorenz, D.J. (2018) How will climate novelty influence ecological forecasts? Using the Quaternary to assess future reliability. Global Change Biology, 24(8), 3575-3586.

  • Kirchheimer, B., Wessely, J., Gattringer, A., Hülber, K., Moser, D., Schinkel, Ch.C.F., Appelhans, M., Klatt, S., Caccianiga, M., Dellinger, A., Guisan, A., Kuttner, M., Lenoir, J., Maiorano, L., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Plutzar, Ch., Svenning, J-Ch., Willner, W., Hörandl, E., & Dullinger, S. (2018) Reconstructing geographical parthenogenesis: effects of niche differentiation and reproductive mode on Holocene range expansion of an alpine plant. Ecology Letters, 21, 392–401.


  • Alcaraz-Segura, D., Lomba, A., Sousa-Silva, R., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Alves, P., Georges, D., Vicente, J.R., & Honrado, J.P. (2017) Potential of satellite-derived ecosystem functional attributes to anticipate species range shifts. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 57, 86–92.


  • López-Sáez, J.A., Abel-Schaad, D., Robles-López, S., Pérez-Díaz, S., Alba-Sánchez, F., & Nieto-Lugilde, D. (2016) Landscape dynamics and human impact on high-mountain woodlands in the western Spanish Central System during the last three millennia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 9, 203–218.

  • Kirchheimer, B., Schinkel, C.C.F., Dellinger, A.S., Klatt, S., Moser, D., Winkler, M., Lenoir, J., Caccianiga, M., Guisan, A., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Svenning, J.-C., Thuiller, W., Vittoz, P., Willner, W., Zimmermann, N.E., Hörandl, E., & Dullinger, S. (2016) A matter of scale: apparent niche differentiation of diploid and tetraploid plants may depend on extent and grain of analysis. Journal of Biogeography, 43, 716–726.

  • Maguire, K.C., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Blois, J.L., Fitzpatrick, M.C., Williams, J.W., Ferrier, S., & Lorenz, D.J. (2016) Controlled comparison of species- and community-level models across novel climates and communities. Proc. R. Soc. B, 283, 20152817.

  • Lorenz, D.J., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Blois, J.L., Fitzpatrick, M.C., & Williams, J.W. (2016) Downscaled and debiased climate simulations for North America from 21,000 years ago to 2100AD. Scientific Data, 3, 160048.


  • Alba-Sánchez, F., López-Sáez, J.A., Nieto-Lugilde, D., & Svenning, J.-C. (2015) Long-term climate forcings to assess vulnerability in North Africa dry argan woodlands. Applied Vegetation Science, 18, 283–296.

  • Moreno-Amat, E., Mateo, R.G., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Morueta-Holme, N., Svenning, J.-C., & García-Amorena, I. (2015) Impact of model complexity on cross-temporal transferability in Maxent species distribution models: An assessment using paleobotanical data. Ecological Modelling, 312, 308–317.

  • Nieto-Lugilde, D., Jonathan Lenoir, Sylvain Abdulhak, David Aeschimann, Stefan Dullinger, Jean-Claude Gégout, Antoine Guisan, Harald Pauli, Julien Renaud, Jean-Paul Theurillat, Wilfried Thuiller, Jérémie Van Es, Pascal Vittoz, Wolfgang Willner, Thomas Wohlgemuth, Niklaus E. Zimmermann, & Jens-Christian Svenning (2015) Tree cover at fine and coarse spatial grains interacts with shade tolerance to shape plant species distributions across the Alps. Ecography, 38, 578–589.

  • Maguire, K.C., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Fitzpatrick, M.C., Williams, J.W., & Blois, J.L. (2015) Modeling Species and Community Responses to Past, Present, and Future Episodes of Climatic and Ecological Change. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 46, 343–68.

  • Nieto-Lugilde, D., Maguire, K.C., Blois, J.L., Williams, J.W., & Fitzpatrick, M.C. (2015) Close agreement between pollen-based and forest inventory-based models of vegetation turnover. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24, 905–916.


  • Schaad, D.A., Pulido, F., Sáez, J.A.L., Sánchez, F.A., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Múgica, F.F., Díaz, S.P., Zapata, M.B.R., García, M.J.G., & Valiño, M.D. (2014) Persistence of tree relicts in the Spanish Central System through the Holocene. Lazaroa, 35, 107–131.


  • De Linares, C., Nieto-Lugilde, D., & Díaz de la Guardia, C. (2010) Cupressaceae airborne allergens. Allergy, 65, 431.

  • García-Mozo, H., Galán, C., Alcázar, P., Guardia, C.D. de la, Nieto-Lugilde, D., Recio, M., Hidalgo, P., Gónzalez-Minero, F., Ruiz, L., & Domínguez-Vilches, E. (2010) Trends in grass pollen season in southern Spain. Aerobiologia, 26, 157–169.

  • De Linares, C., Díaz de la Guardia, C., Nieto Lugilde, D., & Alba, F. (2010) Airborne Study of Grass Allergen (Lol p 1) in Different-Sized Particles. International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, 152, 49–57.

  • Alba-Sánchez, F., Sabariego-Ruiz, S., Díaz de la Guardia, C., Nieto-Lugilde, D., & De Linares, C. (2010b) Aerobiological behaviour of six anemophilous taxa in semi-arid environments of southern Europe (Almería, SE Spain). Journal of Arid Environments, 74, 1381–1391.

  • Alba-Sánchez, F., López‐Sáez, J.A., Pando, B.B., Linares, J.C., Nieto‐Lugilde, D., & López‐Merino, L. (2010) Past and present potential distribution of the Iberian Abies species: a phytogeographic approach using fossil pollen data and species distribution models. Diversity and Distributions, 16, 214–228.


  • Linares, C.D., Girón, F., Martínez Cañavate, A., Lara, M., Rojas, M., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Alba, F., & Díaz de la Guardia, C. (2008) Diagnosis of Alternaria allergy: influence of age, gender and concentration of airborne fungal spores. Allergy, 63(s88), 179–180.

  • De Linares, C., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Alba, F., & Díaz de la Guardia, G. (2008) Airborne allergen (Ole e 1) distribution associated with various size fractions. Allergy, 63(s88), 103–104.


  • Aznarte M., J.L., Benítez Sánchez, J.M., Nieto-Lugilde, D., de Linares Fernández, C., de la Guardia, C.D., & Sánchez, F.A. (2007) Forecasting airborne pollen concentration time series with neural and neuro-fuzzy models. Expert Systems with Applications, 32, 1218–1225.

  • De Linares, C., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Alba, F., Díaz de la Guardia, C., Galán, C., & Trigo, M.M. (2007) Detection of airborne allergen (Ole e 1) in relation to Olea europaea pollen in S Spain. Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 37, 125–132.


  • Alba, F., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Comtois, P., Guardia, C.D. de la, Linares, C.D., & Ruiz, L. (2006) Airborne-pollen map for Olea europaea L. in eastern Andalusia (Spain) using GIS: Estimation models. Aerobiologia, 22, 107–116.

  • Diaz de la Guardia, C., Alba, F., de Linares, C., Nieto-Lugilde, D., & López Caballero, J. (2006) Aerobiological and allergenic analysis of cupressaceae pollen in Granada (Southern Spain). Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology, 16, 24–33.


  • Alba, F., Díaz de la Guardia, C., De Linares, C., & Nieto-Lugilde, D. (2004) Aerobiología en Andalucía: estación de Granada (2002-2003). Rea, 8.

  • De Linares, C., Díaz de la Guardia, C., Alba, F., Nieto-Lugilde, D., & Mota, J. (2004) Aerobiología en Andalucía: estación de Almería (2002-2003). Rea, 8.

  • Nieto-Lugilde, D., Díaz de la Guardia, C., Alba, F., & De Linares, C. (2004) Aerobiología en Andalucía: estación de Motril (2003). Rea, 8.


  • Díaz de la Guardia, C., Alba, F., Nieto-Lugilde, D., & Sabariego, S. (2003) Diez años de control aerobiológico en la atmósfera de la ciudad de Granada: calendario polínico (1992-2001). Polen, 13, 251–260.


  • Alba, F., Díaz de la Guardia, C., Sabariego, S., & Nieto-Lugilde, D. (2002) Aerobiología en Andalucía: estación de Granada (2000-2001). Rea, 7, 65–70.