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: julia.chacon at

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Short CV

2008 – Degree in Biology, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.
2010 – MsC is Ecosystem Restoration, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.
2016 – PhD in Ecology, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Research lines

Community ecology. My research tries to understand which are the processes that structure diversity and promote the coexistence of species in plant communities, especially at the scales at which interactions predominate, that is, at very fine scales. During my doctoral thesis, I have worked under this theoretical context (community ecology, coexistence, neutral theory, ecological niche, functional diversity) with a spatially explicit approach, using fundamentally point analysis techniques. The work of my thesis was developed in very diverse communities dominated by species of the genus Thymus in the southeast of Madrid.

Future lines. I am especially interested in the management and learning of statistical tools of spatial analysis and in the understanding of the mechanisms that drive the complexity of ecosystems. I would like to continue my line of research evaluating functional assembly mechanisms (especially at local scales), exploring temporal variations in coexistence processes, and integrating processes that we do not see, that is, those that occur below the ground (interactions with microorganisms, mycorrhizae, and root diversity patterns) within the current theory of coexistence.


Chacón-Labella, J.; de la Cruz, M.; Escudero, A. (2017). Evidence for a stochastic geometry of biodiversity: the effects of species abundance, richness and intraspecific clustering. Journal of Ecology 105: 382-390.

Chacón-Labella, J.; de la Cruz, M.; Pescador, D. S.; Escudero, A. (2016). Individual species affect plant traits structure in their surroundings: evidence of functional mechanisms of assembly. Oecologia 180: 975-987.

Ramón, P.; de la Cruz, M.; Chacón–Labella, J.; Escudero, A. (2016). A new non–parametric method for analyzing replicated point patterns in ecology. Ecography 39: 1109–1117.

Chacón-Labella, J.; de la Cruz, M.; Escudero, A. (2016). Beyond the classical nurse species effect: diversity assembly in a Mediterranean semi-arid dwarf shrubland. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 80–88.

Pescador, D. S.; Chacón-Labella, J.; de la Cruz, M.; Escudero, A. (2014). Maintaining distances with the engineer: Patterns of coexistence in plant communities beyond the patch-bare dichotomy. New Phytologist 204: 140-148.

Chacón-Labella, J.; De la Cruz, M.; Vicuña, R.; Tapia, K.; Escudero, A. (2014).  Negative density dependence and environmental heterogeneity effects on tree ferns across succession in atTropical montane forest. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 16: 52–63.

Chacón-Labella, J.; Vicuña, R.; Tapia, K. E.; Escudero, A.; De la Cruz, M. (2013). Efecto del aclareo por denso-dependencia en poblaciones de helechos arborescentes (Cyatheaceae). In: De la Cruz, M.; Maestre, F. T. (eds.) Avances en el análisis espacial de datos ecológicos: aspectos metodológicos y aplicados:173-184. ECESPA-Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre, Móstoles.

Chacón-Labella, J.; De la Cruz, M.; Draper, D.; Laguna, C. (2011). Limonium squarrosum Erben. In: Bañares, A.; Blanca, G.; Guemes,J.; Moreno, J. C.; Ortiz, S. (eds.) Atlas y libro rojo de la flora vascular amenazada de España: addenda 2010: 76-77. Dirección General de Medio Natural y Política Forestal (Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino)-Sociedad Española de Biología de la Conservación de Plantas, Madrid.