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 85 19
Fax:        +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: ana.garciacervigon at

Short CV

2009 – Degree in Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2010 – MsC in Conservation Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2015 – MsC in High School Teaching, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
2015 – PhD in Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Systems, Universidad de Valladolid
2016 – Post-doctoral researcher, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador)
2017 – Post-doctoral researcher, CEABN, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
2019 – Post-doctoral researcher, Universidad de Cádiz

Research lines

Dendroecology and global change
Quantitative xylem anatomy
Plant ecology in Mediterranean systems
Seed dispersal

I collaborate with the Cambium Research Group


In press
García-Cervigón, A.I.; García-López, M.A.; Pistón, N.; Pugnaire, F.I.; Olano, J.M. (In press). Coordination between xylem anatomy, plant architecture and leaf functional traits in response to abiotic and biotic drivers in a nurse cushion plant. Annals of Botany.

Sangüesa-Barreda, G.; Di Filippo, A.; Piovesan, G.; Rozas, V.; Di Fiore, L.; García-Hidalgo, M.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Muñoz-Garachana, D.; Baliva, M.; Olano, J. M. (In press). Warmer springs have increased the frequency and extension of late-frost defoliations in southern European beech forests. Science of the Total Environment.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Quintana-Ascencio, P. F.; Escudero, A.; Ferrer-Cervantes, M. E.; Sánchez, A. M.; Iriondo, J. M.; Olano, J. M. (2021). Demographic effects of interacting species: exploring stable coexistence underincreased climate variability in a semiarid shrub community. Scientific Reports 11: 3099.

Olano, J. M.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Sangüesa-Barreda, G.; Rozas,V.; Muñoz-Garachana, D.; García-Hidalgo, M.; García-Pedrero, A. (2021). Satellite data and machine learning reveal the incidence of late frost defoliations on Iberian beech forests. Ecological Applications 31: e02288.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Camarero, J. J.; Cueva, E.; Espinosa, C. I.; Escudero, A. (2020). Climate seasonality and tree growth strategies in a tropical dry forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 31: 266-280.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Fajardo, A.; Caetano-Sánchez, C.; Camarero, J. J.; Olano, J. M. (2020). Xylem anatomy needs to change, so that conductivity can stay the same: xylem adjustments across elevation and latitude in Nothofagus pumilio. Annals of Botany 125: 1101-1112.

García-Pedrero, A.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Olano, J. M.; García-Hidalgo, M.; Lillo-Saavedra, M.; Gonzalo-Martín, C.; Caetano-Sánchez, C.; Calderón-Ramírez, S. (2020). Convolutional Neural Networks for segmenting xylem vessels in stained cross-sectional images. Neural Computing and Applications 32: 17927-17939.

Olano, J. M.; Martínez-Rodrigo, R.; Altelarrea, J. M.; Ágreda, T.; Fernández-Toirán, M.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Rodríguez-Puerta, F.; Águeda, B. (2020). Primary productivity and climate control mushroom yields in Mediterranean pine forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 288-289: 108015.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; García-Hidalgo, M.; Martín-Esquivel, J. L.; Rozas, V.; Sangüesa-Barreda, G.; Olano, J. M. (2019). The Patriarch: a Canary Islands juniper that has survived human pressure and volcanic activity for a millennium. Ecology 100: e02780.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Linares, J. C.; García-Hidalgo, M.; Camarero, J. J.; Olano, J. M. (2018). Growth delay by winter precipitation could hinder Juniperus sabina persistence under increasing summer drought. Dendrochronologia 51: 22-31.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Olano, J. M.; von Arx, G.; Fajardo, A. (2018). Xylem adjusts to maintain efficiency across a steep precipitation gradient in two coexisting generalist species. Annals of Botany 122: 461–472.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Żywiec, M.; Delibes, M.; Suárez-Esteban, A.; Perea, R.; Fedriani, J. M. (2018). Microsites of seed arrival: spatio-temporal variations in complex seed-disperser networks. Oikos 127: 1001-1013.

Camarero, J. J.; Linares, J. C.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Batllori, E.; Martínez, I.; Gutiérrez, E. (2017). Back to the future: the responses of alpine treelines to climate warming are constrained by the current ecotone structure. Ecosystems 20: 683-700.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Camarero, J. J.; Espinosa, C. I. (2017). Intra-annual stem increment patterns and climatic responses in five tree species from an Ecuadorian tropical dry forest. Trees: Structure and function 31: 1057-1067.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Velázquez, E.; Wiegand, T.; Escudero, A.; Olano, J. M. (2017). Colonization in Mediterranean old fields: the role of dispersal and plant-plant interactions. Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 627-638.

Olano, J. M.; González-Muñoz, N.; Arzac, A.; Rozas, V.; von Arx, G.; Delzon, S.; García-Cervigón, A. I. (2017). Sex determines xylem anatomy in a dioecious conifer: hydraulic consequences in a drier world. Tree Physiology 37: 1493-1502.

Tye, M.; Ferrer-Cervantes, M. E.; Sánchez, A. M.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Escudero, A.; Albert, M. J.; Olano, J. M.; Iriondo, J. M.; Quintana-Ascencio, P. F. (2017). Assessing seed and microsite limitation on population dynamics of a gypsophyte through experimental soil crust disturbance and seed addition. Plant Ecology 218: 595-607.

Arzac, A.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Vicente-Serrano, S. M.; Loidi, J.; Olano, J. M. (2016). Phenological shifts in climatic response of secondary growth allow Juniperus sabina L. to cope with altitudinal and temporal climate variability. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 217: 35-45.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Iriondo, J. M.; Linares, J. C.; Olano, J. M. (2016). Disentangling facilitation along the life cycle: impacs of plant-plant interactions at vegetative and reproductive stages in a Mediterranean forb. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 129.

Herguido, E.; Granda, E.; Benavides, R.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Camarero, J. J.; Valladares, F. (2016). Contrasting growth and mortality responses to climate warming of two pine species in a continental Mediterranean ecosystem. Forest Ecology and Management 363: 149-158.

Esper, J.; Grossjean, J.; Camarero, J. J.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Olano, J. M.; González-Rouco, F.; Domínguez-Castro, F.; Büntgen, U. (2015). Atlantic and Mediterranean synoptic drivers of central Spanish juniper growth. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 131: 571-579.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Linares, J. C.; Aibar, P.; Olano, J. M. (2015). Facilitation promotes changes in leaf economics traits of a perennial forb. Oecologia 179: 103-116.

Olano, J. M.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Arzac, A.; Rozas V. (2015). Intra-annual wood density fluctuations and tree-ring width patterns are sex- and site-dependent in the dioecious conifer Juniperus thurifera L. Trees – Structure and Function 29: 1341-1353.

Sánchez-Salguero, R.; Linares, J. C.; Camarero, J. J.; Madrigal-González, J.; Hevia, A.; Sánchez-Miranda, A.; Ballesteros, J. A.; Alfaro, R.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Bigler, C.; Rigling, A. (2015). Disentangling the effects of competition and climate on individual tree growth: a retrospective and dynamic approach in Scots pine. Forest Ecology and Management 358: 12-25.

Olano, J. M.; Linares, J. C.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Arzac, A.; Delgado, A.; Rozas, V. (2014). Drought-induced increase in water-use efficiency reduces secondary tree growth and tracheid Wall thickness in a Mediterranean conifer. Oecologia 176: 273-283.

Catalán, I.; Bueno, C. G.; Nagy, L.; Palacio, S.; Grau, O.; Munilla, I.; García, M. B.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Gartzia, M.; Gazol, A.; Lara-Romero, C.; Anadon-Rosell, A.; Ninot, J. M.; Chocarro, C.; Alados, C. L.; Fillat, F.; Zamora, R. (2013). Alpine ecology in the Iberian Peninsula: what do we know, and what do we need to learn? Mountain Research and Development 33: 437-442.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Gazol, A.; Sanz, V.; Camarero, J. J.; Olano, J. M. (2013). Intraspecific competition replaces interspecific facilitation as abiotic stress decreases: the shifting nature of plant-plant interactions. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 15: 226-236.

Olano, J. M.; Arzac, A.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; von Arx, G.; Rozas, V. (2013). New star on the stage: amount of ray parenchyma in tree rings shows a link to climate. New Phytologist 198: 486-495.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Olano, J. M.; Eugenio, M.; Camarero, J. J. (2012). Arboreal and prostrate conifers coexisting in Mediterranean high mountains differ in their climatic responses. Dendrochronologia 30: 279-286.

Olano, J. M.; Eugenio, M.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Folch, M.; Rozas, V. (2012). Quantitative tracheid anatomy reveals a complex environmental control of Wood structure in continental Mediterranean climate. International Journal of Plant Sciences 173: 137-149.

Book chapters
Linares, J. C.; García-Cervigón, A. I.; Dugo, M. L.; Garcilaso, D.; Lechuga, V.; Blanes, M. C.; Viñegla, B. (2014). Sierra Nevada Range, the biodiversity legacy of the southernmost European glaciated mountain. In: Bento Gonçalves, J. A.; Batista Vieria, A. A. (eds.) Mountains: geology, topography and environmental concerns: 43-64. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.

Other publications
García-Cervigón, A. I. (2016). Incluyendo el tiempo en el estudio de las interacciones planta-planta a través de la dendroecología. Ecosistemas 25: 74-82.

García-Cervigón, A. I.; Sainz Ollero, H.; Sánchez de Dios, R. (2010). Distribución y protección de los bosques españoles 2008: actualización del Gap Analysis de 1997. Conservación Vegetal 14: 1-7.

Sainz Ollero, H.; Sánchez de Dios, R.; García-Cervigón, A. I. (2010). La cartografía sintética de los paisajes vegetales españoles: una asignatura pendiente en geobotánica. Ecología 23: 251-275.

Sainz Ollero, H.; Sánchez de Dios, R.; García-Cervigón, A. I. (2009). Mapa de paisajes vegetales potenciales españoles. In: Hernández, L.; Romero, F. (coord.). Bosques españoles. Los bosques que nos quedan y propuestas de WWF para su restauración. WWF España. Madrid.

García-Cervigón, A. I. (2008). Limícolas y Anátidas. En: SEO/BirdLife (eds.). La enciclopedia de las aves de España. SEO/BirdLife & BBVA, Madrid.