Departamental II – DII. 217
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 8288
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-Mail: greta.vega at

Short CV

2007-2010: BsC in Ecology. Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France)

2011-2013: Master Erasmus Mundus in Evolutionary Biology ( Ludwig Maximilians Universität (Munich, Germany). Université de Montpellier 2 (France)

Research interests

My research focuses on the use of computer tools to understand and visualize species distribution patterns at large scale by means of spatial/statistical and phylogenetic modelling using species range size, teledetection and environmental data. My goal is to contribute to biodiversity conservation in the current scenario of climate change. I am currently carrying out my PhD Thesis project under the supervision of Dr Miguel Ángel Olalla Tárraga and Dr Javier Benayas (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), about the prospects of establishment of invader species in the Antarctica in a context of climate change.


Pertierra, L. R.; Hughes, K. A.; Vega, G. C.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2017). High resolution spatial mapping of human footprint across Antarctica and its implications for the strategic conservation of avifauna. PLoS ONE 12: e0168280.

Vega, G. C.; Pertierra, L. R.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2017). MERRAclim, a high-resolution global dataset of remotely sensed bioclimatic variables for ecological modelling. Nature Scientific Data 4: 170078.

Pertierra, L. R.; Baker, M.; Howard, C.; Vega, G. C.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Scott, J. (2016). Assessing the invasive risk of two non-native Agrostis species on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Polar Biology 39: 2361-2371.

Levréro, F.; Carrete-Vega, G.; Herbert, A.; Lawabi, I.; Courtiol, A.; Willaume, E.; Kappeler, P. M.; Charpentier, M. J. E. (2015). Social shaping of voices does not impair phenotype matching of kinship in mandrills. Nature Communications 6: 7609.

Piednoël, M.; Carrete-Vega, G.; Renner, S. S. (2013). Characterization of the LTR retrotransposon repertoire of a plant clade of six diploid and one tetraploid species. Plant Journal 75: 699–709.

Carrete Vega, G.; Wiens, J. J. (2012). Why are there so few fish in the sea? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 2323–2329.