Departamental II – DII. 203
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 8519
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: monica.ladrondeguevara at

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Short CV

2005 – Degree in Environmental Sciences, Universidad del País Vasco.
2006 – University Expert in Management and Conservation of Plants, Animals and Protected Areas, Universidad de Salamanca.
2009 – MsC In Management of Geographic Information Systems, Universitat de Girona.
2015 – PhD in Sciences Applied to the Environment, Universidad de Almería.

Research lines

My scientific interest is focused on the study of the potential dynamics of semi-arid ecosystems in the face of climate change, and in particular the ecophysiological and community responses in dominant herbaceous plants and in biological soil crusts.


Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Gozalo, B.; Raggio, J.; Lafuente, A.; Prieto, M.; Fernando T. M. (In press). Warming reduces the cover, richness and evenness of lichen-dominated biocrusts but promotes moss growth: Insights from an eight-year experiment. New Phytologist.

Lafuente, A.; Berdugo, M.; Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Gozalo, B.; Maestre, F. T. (In press). Simulated climate change affects how biocrusts modulate water gains and desiccation dynamics after rainfall events. Ecohydrology.

Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Lázaro, R.; Arnau-Rosalén, E.; Domingo, F.; Molina-Sanchis, I.; Mora J. L. (2015). Climate change effects in a semiarid grassland: Physiological responses to shifts in rain patterns. Acta Oecologica 69: 9-20.

Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Lázaro, R.; Quero, J. L.; Chamizo, S.; Domingo, F. (2015). Easy-to-make portable chamber for in situ CO2 exchange measurements on biological soil crusts. Photosynthetica 53: 72-84.

Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Lázaro, R.; Quero, J. L.; Ochoa, V.; Gozalo, B.; Berdugo, M.; Uclés, O.; Escolar, C.; Maestre, F. T. (2014). Simulated climate change reduced the capacity of lichen-dominated biocrusts to act as carbon sinks in two semi-arid Mediterranean ecosystems. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 1787-1807.

Maestre, F. T.; Escolar, C.; Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Quero, J. L.; Lázaro, R.; Delgado-Baquerizo, M.; Ochoa, V.; Berdugo, M.; Gozalo, B.; Gallardo, A. (2013). Changes in biocrust cover drive carbon cycle responses to climate change in drylands. Global Change Biology 20: 3835-3847.

Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Lizana, M., Ávila-Zarza, C., Bea-Sánchez, A. (2010). Análisis de los patrones de distribución de los anfibios en Álava y Condado de Treviño. Revista Española de Herpetología 24: 41-59.

Arnau-Rosalén, E.; Cantón, Y.; Chamizo, S.; Domingo, F.; Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Lázaro, R.; Molina-Sanchis, I.; Morillas González, L.; Solé-Benet, A.; Rodríguez-Caballero E.; Uclés O. (2011). Balsa Blanca: experimental site field guide. Technical report, 46 pp.

Morillas, L.; García, M.; Zarco-Tejada, P.; Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Villagarcía, L.; Were, A.; Domingo F. (2009). Derivation of the canopy conductance from surface temperature and spectral indices for estimating evapotranspiration in semiarid vegetation. In: Romero, A.; Belmonte, F.; Alonso-Sarria, F.; López-Bermúdez, F. (eds.) Advances in studies on desertification: 583-586. Universidad de Murcia, Murcia.