Dirección: Departamental II – DI. 210
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 7035
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: luis.cayuela at urjc.es
Research group: http://www.grupoecologiatropical.com/
Blog: http://www.luiscayuela.blogspot.com/

Short CV

1995-1999 Bsc Environmental Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2001-2002 MSc in Conservation, University College of London (UK)
2002-2006 PhD Thesis, Universidad de Alcalá
2006-2007 Post-doc researcher (REMEDINAL), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
2007-2008 Post-doc researcher, Universidad de Alcalá
2008-2010 Post-doc researcher (Juan de la Cierva), CEAMA-Universidad de Granada
2010-2011 Lecturer, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Current position

Assistant professor

Research interests

Effects of deforestation and habitat fragmentation on plant diversity
Spatial and temporal patterns in changes of land use
Magagement of Mediterranean forests: forest decay and pest management (processionary, mistletoe)
Patterns and causal factors of alpha and beta diversity at a regional scale
Prioritization of conservation areas
Community ecology

Participation in funded projects

Paredes, D.; Cayuela, L.; Campos, M. (In press). Potential of ecological infrastructures to restore conservation biological control: Case study in Spanish Olive Groves. En: Santos, A.P. (Ed.) Natural enemies. Identification, protection strategies and ecological impacts. Nova Science Publishing, New York.

Cayuela, L.; Granzow de la Cerda, I.; Méndez, M. (2018). The state of European research in tropical biology. Biotropica 50: 202-207.

Martínez-Camilo, R.; González-Espinosa, M.; Ramírez-Marcial, N.; Cayuela, L.; Pérez-Ferrera, M. A. (2018). Tropical tree species diversity in a mountain system in southern Mexico: local and regional patterns and determinant factors. Biotropica 50: 499-509.

Pfeifer, M.; Gonsamo, A.; Woodgate, W.; Cayuela, L.; Marshall, A. R.; Ledo, A.; Paine, T. C. E.; Marchant, R.; Burt, A.; Calders, K.; Courtney-Mustaphi, C.; Cuni-Sánchez, A.; Deere, N. J.; Denu, D.; González de Tánago, J.; Hayward, R.; Lau, A.; Macía, M. J.; Olivier, P. I.; Pellikka, P.; Seki, H.; Shirima, D.; Trevithick, R.; Wedeux, B.; Wheeler, C.; Munishi, P. K. T.; Martin, T.; Mustari, A.; Platts, P. J. (2018). Tropical forest canopies and their relationships with climate and disturbance: results from a global dataset of consistent field-based measurements. Forest Ecosystems 5: 7.

Álvarez-Dávila, E.; Cayuela, L.; González-Caro, S.; Aldana, A. M.; Stevenson, P.; Phillips, O.; Peñuela, M. C.; von Hildebrand, P.; Jiménez, E.; Melo, O.; Londoño-Vega, A. C.; Mendoza, I.; Velasquez, O.; Fernández, F.; Velasquez-Rua, C.; Sema, M.; Rey-Benayas, J. M. (2017). Forest biomass density across large climate gradients in Northern South America is related to water availability but not with temperature. PLoS ONE 12: e0171072. PDF

De la Cruz, M.; Quintana-Ascencio, P. F.; Cayuela, L.; Espinosa, C. I.; Escudero, A. (2017). Comment on “The extent of forest in dryland biomes”. Science 358: eaao0369.

Granado-Yela, C.; Balaguer, L.; Cayuela, L.; Méndez, M. (2017). Relative role of resource competition, architectural constraints and inhibition by the apical flower in the unusual positional effects on flower sex in an andromonoecious tree. American Journal of Botany 104: 608-615. PDF

Miranda, A.; Altamirano, A.; Cayuela, L.; Lara, A.; González, M. (2017). Native forest loss in the Chilean biodiversity hotspot: revealing the evidence. Regional Environmental Change 17: 285-297. PDF

Rey Benayas, J. M.; Meltzer, J.; de las Heras-Bravo, D.; Cayuela, L. (2017). Potential of pest regulation by insectivorous birds in Mediterranean woody crops. PLoS ONE 12: e0180702. PDF

De Miguel, R.; Gálvez-Bravo, L.; Oliva-Paterna, F.; Cayuela, L.; Fernández-Delgado, C. (2016). Recolonization process and fish assemblage dynamics in the Guadiamar River (SW Spain) after the Aznalcóllar mine toxic spill. River Research and Applications 32: 1196-1206. PDF

Ferrari, M.; Geneletti, D.; Cayuela, L.; Orsi, F.; Rey-Benayas, J. M. (2016). Analyses of bundles and drivers of change of multiple ecosystem services in an Alpine region. Journal of Enviromental Assessment Policy and Management 18 (4): 1-26. PDF

Albuquerque, F. S.; Benito, B.; Beier, P.; Assunçao-Albuquerque, M.; Cayuela, L. (2015). Supporting underrepresented forests in Mesoamerica. Natureza & Conservaçao 13: 152-158. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Gotelli, N. J.; Colwell, R. K. (2015). Ecological and biogeographical null hypotheses for comparing rarefaction curves. Ecological Monographs 85: 437-455. PDF

Espinosa, C.; Cayuela, L. (2015). Biodiversidad escondida. Investigación y Ciencia 466 (julio): 52-53. PDF

Ledo, A.; Cayuela, L.; Manso, R.; Condés, S. (2015). Recruitment patterns and potential mechanisms of community assembly in an Andean Cloud Forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 26: 876-888. PDF

Miranda, A.; Altamirano, A.; Cayuela, L.; Pincheira, F.; Lara, A. (2015) Different times, same history: native forest loss and landscape homogenization in three physiographical areas of south-central Chile. Applied Geography 60: 20-28. PDF

Newton, A. C.; Oldfield, S.; Rivers, M.; Mark, J.; Schatz, G.; Tejedor-Garavito, N.; Cantarello, E.; Golicher, D.; Cayuela, L.; Miles, L. (2015). Towards a global tree assessment. Oryx 49: 410-415. PDF

Paredes, D.; Cayuela, L.; Gurr, G. M.; Campos, M. (2015). Is ground cover vegetation an effective biological control enhancement strategy against olive pests? PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117265. PDF

Paredes, D.; Cayuela, L.; Gurr, G. M.; Campos, M. (2015). Single best species or natural enemy assemblages? A correlational approach to investigating ecosystem function. BioControl 60: 37-45. PDF

Zamorano-Elgueta, C.; Rey-Benayas, J. M.; Cayuela, L.; Hantson, S.; Armenteras, D. (2015). Native forest replacement by exotic plantations in southern Chile (1985-2011) and partial compensation by natural regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management 345: 10-20. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Hernández, R.; Hódar, J. A.; Sánchez, G.; Zamora, R. (2014). Tree damage and population density relationships for the pine processionary moth: prospects for ecological research and pest management. Forest Ecology and Management 328: 319-325. PDF

Garibaldi, C.; Nieto-Ariza, B.; Macía, M.; Cayuela, L. (2014). Soil and geographical distance as determinants of floristic composition in the Azuero peninsula. Biotropica 46(6): 687-695. PDF

Zamorano-Elgueta, C.; Cayuela, L.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Donoso, P.J.; Geneletti, D.; Hobbs, R.J. (2014). The differential influences of human-induced disturbances on tree regeneration community: a landscape approach. Ecosphere 5(7): 90. PDF

Albuquerque, F.S.; Assunçao-Albuquerque, M.J.T.; Cayuela, L.; Zamora, R.; Benito, B.M. (2013). European bird distribution is “well” represented by special protected areas: mission accomplished? Biological Conservation 159: 45-50. PDF

Altamirano, A.; Aplin, P.; Miranda, A.; Cayuela, L.; Algar, A.; Field, R. (2013). High rates of forest loss and turnover obscured by classical landscape measures. Applied Geography 40: 199-211. PDF

Benito, B.M.; Cayuela, L.; Albuquerque, F.S. (2013). The impact of modeling choices in the predictive performance of diversity maps derived from species distribution models: guidelines to build better models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4: 327-335. PDF

Paredes, D.; Cayuela, L.; Campos, M. (2013). Synergistic effects of ground cover and adjacent vegetation on natural enemies of olive insect pests. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 173: 72-80. PDF

Paredes, D.; Cayuela, L.; Gurr, G.M.,; Campos, M. (2013). Effect of non-crop vegetation types on conservation biological controlof pests in olive groves. PeerJ: e116. PDF

Paredes, D.; Campos, M.; Cayuela, L. (2013). El control biológico de plagas de artrópodos por conservación: técnicas y estado del arte. Ecosistemas 22(1): 56-61. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Granzow-de la Cerda, I.; Albuquerque, F.S.; Golicher, D.J. (2012). Taxonstand: An R package for species names standardisation in vegetation databases. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3(6): 1078-1083. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Gálvez-Bravo, L.; Albuquerque, F.S.; Golicher, D.J.; González-Espinosa, M.; Ramírez-Marcial, N.; Rey Benayas, J.M.; Zahawi, R.A.; Meave, J.A.; Benito, B.M.; Garibaldi, C.; Chan, I.; Pérez Pérez, R.; Field, R.; Balvanera, P.: Castillo, M.A.: Figueroa-Rangel, B.L.: Griffith, D.M.; Islebe, G.A.; Kelly, D.A.; Olvera-Vargas, M.; Schnitzer, S.A.; Velázquez, E.; Williams-Linera, G.; Brewer, S.W.; Camacho-Cruz, A.; Coronado, I.; de Jong, B.; del Castillo, R.; de la Cerda, I., Fernández, J.; Fonseca, W.G.; Galindo-Jaimes, L.; Gillespie, T.W.; González-Rivas, B.; Gordon, J.E.; Hurtado, J.; Linares, J.; Letcher, S.G.; Mangan, S.C.; Meave, J.A.; Méndez, E.V.; Meza, V.; Ochoa-Gaona, S.; Peterson, C.J.; Ruiz-Gutierrez, V.; Snarr, K.A.; Tun Dzul, F.; Viergever, K.M.; White, D.A.; Williams, J.N.; Bonet, F.J.; Zamora, R. (2012).La Red Internacional de Inventarios Forestales (BIOTREE-NET) en Mesoamérica: avances, retos y perspectivas futuras. Ecosistemas 21(1-2): 126-135. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Gálvez-Bravo, L.; Pérez Pérez, R.; Albuquerque, F.S.; Golicher, D.J.; Zahawi, R.A.; Ramírez-Marcial, N.; Garibaldi, C.; Field, R.; Rey Benayas, J.M.; González-Espinosa, M.; Balvanera, P.; Castillo, M.A.; Figueroa-Rangel, B.L.; Griffith, D.M.; Islebe, G.A.; Kelly, D.L.; Olvera-Vargas, M.; Schnitzer, S.A.; Velázquez, E.; Williams-Linera, G.; Brewer, S.W., Camacho-Cruz, A.; Coronado, I.; de Jong, B.; del Castillo, R.; Granzow-de la Cerda, I.; Fernández, J.; Fonseca, W.; Galindo-Jaimes, L.; Gillespie, T.W., González-Rivas, B.; Gordon, J.E.; Hurtado, J.; Linares, J.; Letcher, S.G.; Mangan, S.A.; Meave, J.A.; Méndez, V.E.; Meza, V.; Ochoa-Gaona, S.; Peterson, C.J.; Ruiz-Gutierrez, V.; Snarr, K.A.; Tun Dzul, F.; Valdez-Hernández, M.; Viergever, K.M.; White, D.A.; Williams, J.N.; Bonet, F.J.; Zamora, R. (2012). The Tree Biodiversity Network (BIOTREE-NET): Prospects for biodiversity research and conservation in the Neotropics. Biodiversity and Ecology 4: 211-224. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Hódar, J.A.; Zamora, R. (2012). Control biológico de la procesionaria. Investigación y Ciencia 425 (febrero): 14-15. PDF

Carrascal, L.M.; Cayuela, L.; Palomino, D.; Seoane, J. (2012). What species-specific traits make a bird a better surrogate of native species richness? A test with insular avifauna. Biological Conservation.152: 204-211. PDF

Golicher, D.J.; Cayuela, L., Newton, A.C. (2012). Effects of climate change on the potential species richness of Meso-American forests. Biotropica 44(3): 284-293. PDF

Golicher, J.D.; Ford, A.; Cayuela, L.; Newton, A.C. (2012). Pseudo-absences, pseudo-models and pseudo-niches: Pitfalls of model selection based on the area under the curve. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 26(11): 2049-2063. PDF

Hódar, J.A.; Torres-Muros, L.; Senhadji, K.; Cayuela, L.; Zamora, R. (2012). Interacción planta-herbívoro y dinámica poblacional de la procesionaria del pino en el Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada en el marco del cambio global. En: Proyectos de investigación en Parques  Nacionales: 2008-2011: 387-406. Organismo Autónomo de  Parques Nacionales. EGRAFSA, Madrid. PDF

Hódar, J.A.; Zamora, R.; Cayuela, L. (2012). Climate change and the incidence of a forest pest in Mediterranean ecosystems: can the North Atlantic Oscillation be used as a predictor? Climatic Change 113: 699-711. PDF

Hódar, J.A.; Zamora, R.; Cayuela, L. (2012), Cambio climático y plagas: algo más que el clima. Ecosistemas 21(3): 73-78. PDF

Vaca, R.; Golicher, J.D.; Cayuela, L., Hewson, J.; Steininger, M. (2012). Evidence of incipient forest transition in southern Mexico. PlosONE 7(8): e42309. PDF

Zamorano-Elgueta, C.; Cayuela, L.; González-Espinosa, M.; Lara, A.; Parra-Vázquez, M. (2012). Impacts of cattle on the South American temperate forests: challenges for the conservation of the endangered monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) in Chile. Biological Conservation 152: 110-118. PDF

Albuquerque, F.S.; Castro-Díez, P.; Rodríguez, M.A.; Cayuela, L. (2011). Assessing the influence of environmental and human factors on native and exotic species richness. Acta Oecologica 37: 51-57. PDF

Albuquerque, F.S.; Assunçao-Albuquerque, M.J.T.; Gálvez-Bravo, L.; Cayuela, L.; Rueda, M.; Rey Benayas, J.M. (2011). Identification of critical areas for mammal conservation in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve. Natureza & Conservaçao 9: 73-78. PDF

Cayuela, L.; de la Cruz, M.; Ruokolainen, K. (2011). A method to incorporate the effect of taxonomic uncertainty on multivariate analyses of ecological data. Ecography 34: 94-102. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Gálvez-Bravo, L.; Carrascal, L.M.; Albuquerque, F.S. (2011). Comments on Bartolino et al. (2011): Limits of cumulative relative frequency distribution curves for hotspot identification. Population Ecology 53: 597-601. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Hódar, J.A.; Zamora, R. (2011). Is insecticide spraying a viable and cost-efficient management practice to control pine processionary moth in Mediterranean pine woodlands? Forest Ecology and Management 261: 1732-1737. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Ruiz-Arriaga, S.; Ozers, C.P. (2011). Honeybees increase fruit set in native plant species important for wildlife conservation. Environmental Management 48: 910-919. PDF

de la Montaña, E.; Rey Benayas, J.M.; Vasques, A.; Razola, I.; Cayuela, L. (2011). Conservation planning of vertebrate diversity in a Mediterranean agricultural-dominant landscape. Biological Conservation 144: 2468-2478. PDF

Moreno-Mateos, D.; Rey Benayas, J.M., Pérez-Camacho, L.; de la Montaña, E.; Rebollo, S.; Cayuela, L. (2011). Effects of land use type on a Mediterranean nocturnal bird community. Acta Ornithologica 46(2): 173-182. PDF

Rey Benayas, J.M.; Cristóbal, L.; Kitzberger, T.; Manson, R.; López-Barrera, F.; Schulz, J.; Vaca, R.; Cayuela, L.; Rivera, R.; Malizia, L.; Golicher, D.; Echeverría, C.; del Castillo, R.; Salas, J. (2011). Assessing the current extent and recent loss of dryland forest ecosystems. En: Newton, A.C.; Tejedor, N. (eds.) Principles and Practice of Forest Landscape Restoration: Case Studies from the Drylands of Latin America: 21-62. International Union for Nature Conservation, Gland, Switzerland. PDF

Schulz, J.J.; Cayuela, L.; Rey Benayas, J.M.; Schröder, B. (2011). Factors influencing vegetation cover change in Mediterranean Central Chile (1975-2008). Applied Vegetation Science 14: 571-582. PDF

Vaca, R.; Golicher, J.D.; Cayuela, L. (2011). Using climatically-based decision tree forest to downscale coarse-grained potential natural vegetation maps in tropical Mexico. Applied Vegetation Science 14: 388-401. PDF

Altamirano, A.; Field, R.; Cayuela, L.; Aplin, P.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Lara, A. (2010). Woody species diversity in temperate Andean forests: the need for new conservation strategies. Biological Conservation 143: 2080-2091. PDF

Pacheco, S.; Malizia, L.R.; Cayuela, L. (2010). Effects of climate change on subtropical forests of South America. Tropical Conservation Science 3: 423-437. PDF

Schulz, J.; Cayuela, L.; Echeverría, C.; Salas, J.; Rey-Benayas, J.M. (2010). Land cover dynamics in the dryland Mediterranean forest landscape of Central Chile. Applied Geography 30: 346-447. PDF


Cayuela, L. (2009). Fragmentation. En: Gillespie, R.; Clague, D. (eds.) Encyclopedia of islands: 328-330. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Murcia, C.; Hawk, A.A.; Fernández-Vega, J.; Oviedo-Brenes, F. (2009). Tree responses to edge effects and canopy openness in a tropical montane forest fragment in southern Costa Rica. Tropical Conservation Science 2: 425-436. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Golicher, D.J.; Newton, A.; Kolb, M.; de Alburquerque, F.S.; Arets, E.J.M.M.; Alkemade, R.M.; Pérez, A.M. (2009). Species distribution modelling in the tropics: Problems, potentialities, and the role of biological data for species conservation. Tropical Conservation Science 2: 319-352. PDF

González-Espinosa, M.; Ramírez-Marcial, N.; Galindo-Jaimes, L.; Camacho-Cruz, A.; Golicher, D.; Cayuela, L.; Rey-Benayas, J.M. (2009). Tendencias y proyecciones del uso del suelo y la diversidad florística en Los Altos de Chiapas, México. Investigación Ambiental. Ciencia y Política Pública 1: 40-53. PDF

Newton, A.C.; Cayuela, L.; Echeverría, C.; Armesto, J.J.; Del Castillo, R.F.; Golicher, D.; González-Espinosa, M.; Huth, A.; Lara, A.; López-Barrera, F.; Manson, R.; Negrete-Yankelevich, S.; Premoli, A.C.; Ramírez-Marcial, N.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Rüger, N.; Smith-Ramírez, C.; Williams-Linera, G. (2009). Toward integrated analysis of human impacts on forest biodiversity: Lessons from Latin America. Ecology and Society 14: 2. PDF

Newton, A.C.; Hill, R. A.; Echeverría, C.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Golicher, D. J.; Cayuela, L.; Hinsley, S. (2009). Remote sensing and the future of landscape ecology. Progress in Physical Geography 33: 528-546. PDF


Cayuela, L.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Maestre, F.T.; Escudero, A. (2008). Early environments drive diversity and floristic composition in Mediterranean old fields: Insights from a long-term experiment. Acta Oecologica 34: 311-321. PDF

Golicher, J.D.; Cayuela, L.; Alkemade, R.; González-Espinosa, M.; Ramírez-Marcial, N. (2008). Applying climatically associated species pools to modelling compositional change in tropical montane forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 262-273. PDF


Echeverría, C.; Cayuela, L.; Manson, R.; Coomes, D.A.; Lara, A.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Newton, A.C. (2007). Spatial and temporal patterns of forest loss and fragmentation in Mexico and Chile. En: Newton, A. (ed.) Biodiversity loss and conservation in fragmented forest landscapes: the forests of montane Mexico and temperate South America: 14-42. CAB International, UK. PDF

Miles, L.; Newton, A.C.; Alvarez-Aquino, C.; Armesto, J.J.; Del Castillo, R.F.; Cayuela, L.; Echeverría, C.; González-Espinosa, M.; Lara, A.; López, R. A.; López-Barrera, F.; Manson, R.; Montoya-Gómez, G.; Muñiz-Castro, M.A.; Núñez-Ávila, M.C.; Pedraza, R.A.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Rovere, A.E.; Rüger, N.; Smith-Ramírez, C.; Souto, C.; Williams-Linera, G. (2007). Future scenarios for tropical montane and south temperate forest biodiversity in Latin America. En: Newton, A. (ed.) Biodiversity loss and conservation in fragmented forest landscapes: the forests of montane Mexico and temperate South America: 370-397. CAB International, UK. PDF

Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Cayuela, L.; González-Espinosa, M.; Echeverría, C.; Manson, R.H.; Williams-Linera, G.; Del Castillo, R.F.; Ramírez-Marcial, N.; Muñiz-Castro, M.A.; Blanco-Macías, A.; Lara, A.; Newton, A.C. (2007). Plant diversity in highly fragmented forest landscapes in Mexico and Chile: Implications for conservation. En: Newton, A. (ed.) Biodiversity loss and conservation in fragmented forest landscapes: the forests of montane Mexico and temperate South America: 43-68. CAB International, UK. PDF


Cayuela, L.; Golicher, J.D.; Rey-Benayas, J.M. (2006). The extent, distribution, and fragmentation of montane cloud forest in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Biotropica 38: 544-554. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Echeverría, C. (2006). Clearance and fragmentation of tropical montane forests in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico (1975-2000). Forest Ecology and Management 226: 208-218. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Golicher, J.D.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; González-Espinosa, M.; Ramírez-Marcial, N. (2006). Effects of fragmentation and disturbance on tree diversity in tropical montane forests.Journal of Applied Ecology 43: 1172-1182. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Golicher, J.D.; Salas Rey, J.; Rey-Benayas, J.M. (2006). Classification of a complex landscape using Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence. International Journal of Remote Sensing 27: 1951-1971. PDF

Cayuela, L.; Rey-Benayas, J.M.; Justel, A.; Salas Rey, J. (2006). Modelling tree diversity in a highly fragmented tropical montane landscape. Global Ecology and Biogeography 15: 602-613. PDF

Golicher, J.D.; O’Hara, B.R.; Ruiz-Montoya, L.; Cayuela, L. (2006). Lifting a veil on biodiversity: A Bayesian approach to fitting relative abundance models. Ecological Applications 16: 202-212. PDF


Cayuela, L. (2004). Habitat evaluation for the Iberian wolf Canis lupus in Picos de Europa National Park, Spain. Applied Geography 24: 199-215. PDF


Cayuela, L.; Stein, A.; Oksanen, J. (2017). Taxonstand: Taxonomic standardisation of plant species names. R package version 2.0. http://CRAN.R-project.org/package=Taxonstand

Cayuela, L.; Gotelli, N.J. (2014). rareNMtests: Ecological and biogeographical null model tests for comparing rarefaction curves.. R package version 1.0. http://CRAN.R-project.org/package=rareNMtests.

Cayuela, L.; de la Cruz, M. (2012). betaper: Functions to  incorporate taxonomic uncertainty on multivariate analyses of ecological data. R package version 1.1-0. http://CRAN.R-project.org/package=betaper.