Departamental II – DII. 245
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 8517
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: jesus.lopez.angulo at

Short CV

2011 – Degree in Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

2012 – MsC in Techniques of Characterization and Conservation of Biological Diversity, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Research lines

Supervisor: Adrián Escudero Alcántara

Title: “Ecological assembly rules in plant communities of high mountains: a multiscalar spatial approach”

The search for ecological assembly rules is one of the priorities of research in ecology from the beginning of our science. Despite all efforts put into ascertaining these rules, the discrepancy has been the norm in the results obtained even when different research groups have addressed similar questions in similar communities. Therefore, the main objective of the doctoral thesis is to clarify and determine the ecological assembly rules that organize the coexistence of plants in high mountain communities.

For this PhD thesis we have chosen as the subject of study the alpine vegetation of high mountain for several reasons. To begin with, it is one of the most fragile systems threatened by global change. In addition, this system is subject to two large gradients of environmental stress (temperature and humidity) so it is conceivable that deterministic phenomena will be prevalent.

In this way, and from a multiscalar approach from the spatial point of view, we consider how environmental filtering or biotic interactions affect the different phylogenetic, functional and taxonomic components of diversity.


López-Angulo, J.; Swenson, N. G.; Cavieres, L. A.; Escudero, A. (2018). Interactions between abiotic gradients determine functional and phylogenetic diversity patterns in Mediterranean-type climate mountains in the Andes. Journal of Vegetation Science 29: 245-254.

Luzuriaga, A. L.; Sánchez, A. M.; López-Angulo, J.; Escudero, A. (2018). Habitat fragmentation determines diversity of annual plant communities at landscape and fine spatial scales. Basic and Applied Ecology 29: 12-19. PDF

Santamaría, S.; Sánchez, A. M.; López-Angulo, J.; Ornosa, C.; Mola, I.; Escudero, A. (2018). Landscape effects on pollination networks in Mediterranean gypsum islands. Plant Biology 20 (suppl.): 184-194.