Departamental II – DII. 238
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 8160
Fax: +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: david.gutierrez at urjc.es

Short CV

1990 – BsC Biological Sciences, speciality in Zoology (Universidad de Oviedo)

1996  – Ph D in Biology (Universidad de Oviedo)

Current position

Full professor.

I teach Ecology in the degree in Environmental Sciences.

Research interests
  1. Population dynamics of butterflies in fragmented landscapes
  2. Dispersal biology of butterflies
  3. Community structure of insects
  4. Effects of climate change on insect populations

Gutiérrez, D.; Wilson, R. J. (2021). Intra- and interspecific variation in the responses of insect phenology to climate. Journal of Animal Ecology 90: 248-259.

Stewart, J. E.; Gutiérrez Illán, J.; Richards, S. A.; Gutiérrez, D.; Wilson, R. J. (2020). Linking interannual variation in environment, phenology and abundance for a montane butterfly community. Ecology 101: e02906.

Fernández, P.; Rodríguez, A.; Gutiérrez, D.; Jordano, D.; Fernández-Haeger, J. (2019). Firebreaks as a barrier to movement: the case of a butterfly in a Mediterranean landscape. Journal of Insect Conservation 23: 843-856.

Fernández, P.; Gutiérrez, D.; Jordano, D.; Fernández Haeger, J. (2017). Water availability drives habitat quality for the butterfly Plebejus argus in a Mediterranean sand dune landscape. Journal of Insect Conservation 21: 873-883.

Fernández, P.; Gutiérrez, D.; Fernández-Haeger, J.; Jordano, D. (2016). Host plant selection in Plebejus argus (Linnaeus, 1758) and its mutualistic ant. The role of plant architecture (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). SHILAP, Revista de Lepidopterología 44: 319-331.

Gutiérrez, D.; Vila, R.; Wilson, R. J. (2016). Asymmetric constraints on limits to species ranges influence consumer-resource richness over an environmental gradient. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25: 1477-1488.

Nieto-Sánchez, S.; Gutiérrez, D.; Wilson, R. J. (2015). Long-term change and spatial variation in butterfly communities over an elevational gradient: driven by climate, buffered by habitat. Diversity and Distributions 21: 950-961.

Wilson, R. J.; Bennie, J.; Lawson, C. R.; Pearson, D.; Ortúzar-Ugarte, G.; Gutiérrez, D. (2015). Population turnover, habitat use and microclimate at the contracting range margin of a butterfly. Journal of Insect Conservation 19: 205-216.

Gutiérrez, D.; Wilson, R. J. (2014). Climate conditions and resource availability drive return elevational migrations in a single-brooded insect. Oecologia175: 861-873.

Gutiérrez, D.; Harcourt, J.; Díez, S. B.; Gutiérrez Illán, J.; Wilson, R. J. (2013). Models of presence–absence estimate abundance as well as (or even better than) models of abundance: the case of the butterfly Parnassius apollo. Landscape Ecology 28: 401-413.

Gutiérrez Illán, J.; Gutiérrez, D.; Díez, S. B.; Wilson, R. J. (2012). Elevational trends in butterfly phenology: implications for species responses to climate change. Ecological Entomology 37: 134-144.

de Arce Crespo, J. A.; Gutiérrez, D. (2011). Altitudinal trends in the phenology of butterflies in a mountainous area in central Spain. European Journal of Entomology 108: 651-658.

Gutiérrez Illán, J.; Gutiérrez, D.; Wilson, R. J. (2010). Fine-scale determinants of butterfly species richness and composition in a mountain region. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1706-1720.

Gutiérrez Illán, J.; Gutiérrez, D.; Wilson, R. J. (2010). The contributions of topoclimate and land cover to species distributions and abundance: fine-resolution tests for a mountain butterfly fauna. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 159-173. See cover

Teixido, A. L.; Quintanilla, L. G.; Carreño, F.; Gutiérrez, D. (2010). Impacts of changes in land use and fragmentation patterns on Atlantic coastal forests in northern Spain. Journal of Environmental Management 91: 879-886. PDF

Ashton, S.; Gutiérrez, D.; Wilson, R. J. (2009). Effects of temperature and elevation on habitat use by a rare mountain butterfly: implications for species responses to climate change. Ecological Entomology 34: 437-446.

Rabasa, S. G.; Gutiérrez, D.; Escudero, A. (2009). Breeding system of the Iberian endemic shrub Colutea hispanica (Leguminosae). Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 66: 279-284.

Rabasa, S. G.; Gutiérrez, D.; Escudero, A. (2009). Temporal variation in the effects of habitat fragmentation on reproduction of the Mediterranean shrub Colutea hispanica. Plant Ecology 200: 241-254.

Rabasa, S. G.; Gutiérrez, D.; Escudero, A. (2008). Relative importance of host plant patch geometry and habitat quality on the patterns of occupancy, extinction and density of the monophagous butterfly Iolana iolas. Oecologia 156: 491-503.

Merrill, R. M.; Gutiérrez, D.; Lewis, O. T.; Gutiérrez, J.; Díez, S. B.; Wilson, R. J. (2008). Combined effects of climate and biotic interactions on the elevational range of a phytophagous insect. Journal of Animal Ecology 77: 145-155.

Rabasa, S. G.; Gutiérrez, D.; Escudero, A. (2007). Metapopulation structure and habitat quality in modelling dispersal in the butterfly Iolana iolas. Oikos116: 793-806.

Wilson, R. J.; Gutiérrez, D.; Gutiérrez, J.; Monserrat, V. J. (2007). An elevational shift in butterfly species richness and composition accompanying recent climate change. Global Change Biology 13: 1873-1887.

Gutiérrez, D.; Menéndez, R. (2007). Regional hotspots of butterfly diversity in a protected area: Are they indicators of unique assemblages and areas with more species of conservation concern? Acta Oecologica 32: 301-311.

Wilson, R. J.; Gutiérrez, D.; Gutiérrez, J.; Martínez, D.; Agudo, R.; Monserrat, V. J. (2005). Changes to the elevational limits and extent of species ranges associated with climate change. Ecology Letters 8: 1138-1146.  PDF (Supplementary material).

Rabasa, S. G.; Gutiérrez, D.; Escudero, A. (2005). Egg laying by a butterfly on a fragmented host plant: a multi-level approach. Ecography 28: 629-639. PDF

Gutiérrez, D. (2005). Effectiveness of existing reserves in the long-term protection of a regionally rare butterfly. Conservation Biology 19: 1586-1597.

Gutiérrez, D.; Fernández, P.; Seymour, A. S.; Jordano, D. (2005). Habitat distribution models: are mutualist distributions good predictors of their associates? Ecological Applications 15: 3-18.

Menéndez, R.; Gutiérrez, D. (2004). Shifts in habitat associations of dung beetles in northern Spain: Climate change implications. Ecoscience 11: 329-337.

Gutiérrez, D.; Menéndez, R.; Méndez, M. (2004). Habitat-based conservation priorities for carabid beetles within the Picos de Europa National Park, northern Spain. Biological Conservation 115: 379-393.

Seymour, A. S.; Gutiérrez, D.; Jordano, D. (2003). Dispersal of the Lycaenid Plebejus argus in response to patches of its mutualist ant Lasius niger. Oikos 103: 162-174.

Menéndez, R.; Gutiérrez, D.; Thomas, C. D. (2002). Migration and Allee effects in the Six-spot burnet moth, Zygaena filipendulae. Ecological Entomology 27: 317-325.

Gutiérrez, D.; León-Cortés, J. L.; Menéndez, R.; Wilson, R. J.; Cowley, M. J. R.; Thomas, C. D. (2001). Metapopulations of four Lepidopteran herbivores on a single host plant (Lotus corniculatus). Ecology 82: 1371-1386.

Cowley, M. J. R.; Thomas, C. D.; Wilson, R. J.; León-Cortés, J. L.; Gutiérrez, D.; Bulman, C. R. (2001). Density-distribution relationships in British butterflies. II. An assessment of mechanisms. Journal of Animal Ecology 70: 426-441.

Cowley, M. J. R.; Thomas, C. D.; Roy, D. B.; Wilson, R. J.; León-Cortés, J. L.; Gutiérrez, D.; Bulman, C. R.; Quinn, R. M.; Moss, D.; Gaston, K. J. (2001). Density-distribution relationships in British butterflies. I. The effect of mobility and spatial scale. Journal of Animal Ecology 70: 410-425.

Cowley, M. J. R.; Wilson, R. J.; León-Cortés, J. L.; Gutiérrez, D.; Bulman, C. R.; Thomas, C. D. (2000). Habitat based statistical models for predicting the spatial distribution of butterflies and day-flying moths in a fragmented landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology. 37 (Supplement 1): 60-72.

Gutiérrez, D.; Thomas, C. D. (2000). Marginal range expansion in a host-limited butterfly species (Gonepteryx rhamni). Ecological Entomology 25: 165-170.

Gutiérrez, D.; Thomas, C. D.; León-Cortés, J. L. (1999). Dispersal, distribution, patch network, and metapopulation dynamics of the dingy skipper butterfly (Erynnis tages). Oecologia 121: 506-517.

Menéndez, R.; Gutiérrez, D. (1999). Heterotrophic succession within dung-inhabiting beetle communities in northern Spain. Acta Oecologica 20: 527-535.

Gutiérrez, D.; Menéndez, R. (1998). Stability of butterfly assemblages in relation to the level of numerical resolution and altitude. Biodiversity and Conservation 7: 967-979.

Gutiérrez, D.; Menéndez, R. (1998). Phenology of butterflies along an altitudinal gradient in northern Spain. Journal of Zoology, London 244: 249-264.

Gutiérrez, D.; Menéndez, R. (1997). Patterns in the distribution, abundance and body size of carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Caraboidea) in relation to dispersal ability. Journal of Biogeography 24: 903-914.

Gutiérrez, D. (1997). Importance of historical factors on species richness and composition of butterfly assemblages (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) in a northern Iberian mountain range. Journal of Biogeography 24: 77-88.

Menéndez, R.; Gutiérrez, D. (1996). Altitudinal effects on habitat selection in dung beetles (Scarabaeoidea: Aphodiidae) in the northern Iberian peninsula. Ecography 19: 313-317.

Gutiérrez D.; Menéndez, R.; Obeso, J. R. (1996). Effects of ovule position on seed maturation and seed weight in Ulex europaeus and U. gallii(Fabaceae). Canadian Journal of Botany 74: 848-853.

Gutiérrez, D.; Menéndez, R. (1995). Distribution and abundance of butterflies in a mountain area in the northern Iberian peninsula. Ecography 18: 209-216.

Wilson, R. J.; Gutiérrez Illán, J.; Gutiérrez, D. (2015). Cambios experimentados por los lepidópteros de la Sierra de Guadarrama entre los periodos 1967-1973 y 2004-2005. In: Herrero, A.; Zavala, M. A. (eds.) Los bosques y la biodiversidad frente al cambio climático: impactos, vulnerabilidad y adaptación en España: 185-197. Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Madrid.

Wilson, R. J.; Gutiérrez, D. (2011). Effects of climate change on elevational limits of species ranges. In: Belant, J. L.; Beever, E. A. (eds.) Ecological consequences of climate change: mechanisms, conservation and management: 107-131. CRC Press, Boca Raton, CA.

Gutiérrez, D. (2009). Butterfly richness patterns and gradients. In: Settele, J.; Shreeve, T. G.; Konvicka, M.; Van Dyck, H. (eds.) Ecology of butterflies in Europe: 281-295. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Gutiérrez, D.; Seymour, A. S.; Fernández, P.; Fernández Haeger, J.; Jordano, D. (2004). Estructura espacial y dispersión en las poblaciones de mariposas: modelos y experimentos con Plebejus argus en Doñana. In: Fernández-Palacios, J. M.; Morici, C. (eds.) Ecología Insular: 147-179. Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre y Excmo. Cabildo Insular de la Palma, La Palma.