Address

Address
Departamental II – DII. 248
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos c/ Tulipán, s/n. E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid) Spain

Phone: +34 91 488 70 33
Fax: +34 91 664 70 33
E-mail: luis.merino.martin at urjc.es

Short CV

2004 BSc Environmental Sciences, Universidad de Alcalá

2007 DEA (MSc) Life Sciences, Universidad de Alcalá

2010 PhD in Global Change and Sustainable Development, Universidad de Alcalá

2010-2012 Research fellow, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Guatemala)

2012-2014 Research Assistant Professor & Research Scientist, Kings Park and Botanic Garden & UWA (Perth, Australia)

2014-2016 Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Researcher, INRAe (Montpellier, France) & CEH (Wallingford, UK)

2016-2018 Post-doctoral Researcher, INRAe (Montpellier, France)

2018-2019 Post-doctoral Researcher, CNRS (Montpellier, France)

Current position

I teach Food Microbiology in the Degree in Food Science and Technology (2nd year) and Microbiology in the Degree in Environmental Engineering (2nd year).

Research lines

My main research interest is the study of soil ecological processes with special focus on soil erosion, soil aggregate stability and soil biodiversity. I am very interested in the processes and feedbacks between soil structure and soil biodiversity, with a focus on root traits and soil microbial communities (fungi and bacteria). Most of my research has been conducted on Restoration Ecology as I am interested in working in research with practical outcomes. I am keen to explore new techniques and new approaches for the study of the interactions between plants, soil and microbes in multiple contexts, particularly in environmental gradients such as land use gradients and altitudinal gradients.

Scientific publications

In press

27. Merino-Martín, L.; Stokes, A.; Gweon, H. S.; Moragues-Saitua, L.; Staunton, S.; Plassard, C.; Oliver, A.; Le Bissonnais, Y.; Griffiths, R. I. (In press). Interacting effects of land use type, soil microbes and plant traits on aggregate stability. Soil Biology and Biochemistry.

26. Golos, P. J.; Merino-Martín, L.; Commander, L. E.; Elliott, C. P.; Williams, M. R.; Miller, B. P.; Dixon, K.; Stevens, J. (In press). Interactions between soil covers and rainfall affect post-mining plant restoration in a semi-arid Banded Iron Formation. Ecological Engineering.

25. Portell, X.; Sauzet, O.; Balseiro-Romero, M.; Benard, P.; Cardinael, R.; Couradeau, E.; Danra, D. D.; Evans, D. L.; Fry, E. L.; Hammer, E. C.; Mamba, D.; Merino-Martín, L.; Mueller, C. W.; Paradelo, M.; Rees, F.; Rossi, L.; Schmidt, H.; Schnee, L. S.; Védère, C.; Vidal, A. (In press). Bypass and hyperbole in soil science: A perspective from the next generation of soil scientists. European Journal of Soil Science.

2020

24. Merino-Martín, L.; Griffiths, R. I.; Gweon, H. S.; Furget-Bretagnon, C.; Oliver, A.; Mao, Z.; Le Bissonnais, Y.; Stokes, A. (2020). Rhizosphere bacteria are more strongly related to plant root traits than fungi in temperate montane forests: insights from closed and open forest patches along an elevational gradient. Plant and Soil 450: 183–200.

23. Rossi, L.; Mao, Z.; Merino-Martín, L.; Roumet, C.; Fort, F.; Taugourdeau, O.; Chevallier, T.; Cardinael, R.; Le Fromin, N.; Stokes A. (2020). Pathways to persistence: plant root traits alter carbon accumulation in different soil carbon pools. Plant and Soil 452: 457–478.

22. Peña-Angulo, D.; Nadal-Romero, E.; González-Hidalgo, J. C.; Albaladejo, J.; Andreu, V.; Bahri, H.; Bernal, S.; Biddoccu, M.; Bienes, R.; Campo, J.; Campo-Bescós, M. A.; Canatário-Duarte, A.; Cantón, Y.; Casali, J.; Castillo, V.; Cavallo, E.; Cerdà, A.; Cid, P.; Cortesi, N.; Desir, G.; Díaz-Pereira, E.; Espigares, T.; Estrany, J.; Farguell, J.; Fernández-Raga, M.; Ferreira, C. S.; Ferro, V.; Gallart, F.; Giménez, R.; Gimeno, E.; Gómez, J. A.; Gómez-Gutiérrez, A.; Gómez-Macpherson, H.; González-Pelayo, O.; Kairis, O.; Karatzas, G. P.; Keesstra, S.; Klotz, S.; Kosmas, C.; Lana-Renault, N.; Lasanta, T.; Latron, J.; Lázaro, R.; Le Bissonnais, Y.; Le Bouteiller, C.; Licciardello, F.; López-Tarazón, J. A.; Lucía, A.; Marín-Moreno, V. M.; Marín, C.; Marqués, M. J.; Martínez-Fernández, J.; Martínez-Mena, M.; Mateos, L.; Mathys, N.; Merino-Martín, L.; Moreno-de las Heras, M.; Moustakas, N.; Nicolau, J. M.; Pampalone, V.; Raclot, D.; Rodríguez-Blanco, M. L.; Rodrigo-Comino, J.; Romero-Díaz, A.; Ruiz-Sinoga, J. D.; Rubio, J. L.; Schnabel, S.; Senciales-González, J. M.; Solé-Benet, A.; Taguas, E. V.; Taboada-Castro, M. T.; Taboada-Castro, M. M.; Todisco, F.; Úbeda, X.; Varouchakis, E. A.; Wittenberg, L.; Zabaleta, A.; Zorn, M. (2020). Relationship of weather types on the seasonal and spatial variability of rainfall, runoff and sediment yield in the western Mediterranean basin. Atmosphere 11: 609.

21. Demenois, J.; Merino-Martín, L.; Fernandez Nuñez, N.; Stokes, A.; Carriconde F. (2020). Do diversity of plants, soil fungi and bacteria influence aggregate stability on ultramafic Ferralsols? A metagenomic approach in a tropical hotspot of biodiversity. Plant Soil 448: 213–229.

20. Moreno-de-las-Heras, M.; Merino-Martín, L.; Saco, P. M.; Espigares, T.; Gallart, F.; Nicolau J. M. (2020). Structural and functional control of surface-patch to hillslope-scale runoff and sediment connectivity in Mediterranean-dry reclaimed slope systems. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 24: 2855–2872.

2019

19. Commander, L. E.; Merino-Martín, L.; Elliott, C. P.; Miller, B. P.; Dixon, K.; Stevens, J. (2019). Demographic, seed and microsite limitations to seedling recruitment in semi-arid mine site restoration. Plant and Soil 457: 113–129.

18. Nespoulous, J.; Merino-Martín, L.; Monnier, Y.; Bouchet, D. C.; Ramel, M.; Dombey, R.; Viennois, G.; Mao, Z.; Zhang, J.-L.; Cao, K.-F.; Le Bissonnais, Y.; Sidle, R. C.; Stokes, A. (2019). Tropical forest structure and understorey determine subsurface flow through biopores formed by plant roots. Catena 181: 104061.

17. Peña-Angulo, D.; Nadal-Romero, E.; González-Hidalgo, J. C.; Albaladejo, J.; Andreu, V.; Bagarello, V.; Bahri, H.; Batalla, R. J.; Bernal, S.; Bienes, R.; Campo, J.; Campo-Bescós, M. A.; Canatário-Duarte, A.; Cantón, Y.; Casali, J.; Castillo, V.; Cerdà, A.; Cheggour, A.; Cid, P.; Cortesi, N.; Desir, G.; Díaz-Pereira, E.; Espigares, T.; Estrany, J.; Fernández-Raga, M.; Ferreira, C. S. S.; Ferro, V.; Gallart, F.; Giménez, R.; Gimeno, E.; Gómez, J. A.; Gómez-Gutiérrez, A.; Gómez-Macpherson, H.; González-Pelayo, O.; Hueso-González, P.; Kairis, O.; Karatzas, G.; Klotz, S.; Kosmas, C.; Lana-Renault, N.; Lasanta, T.; Latron, J.; Lázaro, R.; Le Bissonnais, Y.; Le Bouteiller, C.; Licciardello, F.; López-Tarazón, J. A.; Lucía, A.; Marín, C.; Marqués, M. J.; Martínez-Fernández, J.; Martínez-Mena, M.; Martínez-Murillo, F. J.; Mateos, L.; Mathys, N.; Merino-Martín, L.; Moreno-de las Heras, M.; Moustakas, N.; Nicolau, J. M.; Novara, A.; Pampalone, V.; Raclot, D.; Rodríguez-Blanco, M. L.; Rodrigo-Comino, J.; Romero-Díaz, A.; Roose, E.; Rubio, J. L.; Ruiz-Sinoga, J. D.; Schnabel, S.; Senciales-González, J. M.; Simonneaux, V.; Solé-Benet, A.; Taguas, E. V.; Taboada-Castro, M. M.; Taboada-Castro, M. T.; Todisco, F.; Úbeda, X.; Varouchakis, E. A.; Wittenberg, L.; Zabaleta, A.; Zorn, M. (2019). Spatial variability of the relationships of runoff and sediment yield with weather types throughout the Mediterranean basin. Journal of Hydrology 571: 390-405.

16. Bakker, M. R.; Brunner, I.; Ashwood, F.; Bjarnadottir, B.; Bolger, T.; Børja, I.; Carnol, M.; Cudlin, P.; Dalsgaard, L.; Erktan, A.; Godbold, D.; Kraigher, H.; Meier, I. C.; Merino-Martín, L.; Motiejūnaitė, J.; Mrak, T.; Oddsdóttir, E. S.; Ostonen, I.; Pennanen, T. L.; Püttsepp, Ü.; Suz, L. M.; Vanguelova, E. I.; Vesterdal, L.; Soudzilovskaia, N. A. (2019). Belowground biodiversity relates positively to ecosystem services of European forests. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 2: 6.

15. Moragues-Saitua, L.; Merino-Martín, L.; Stokes, A.; Staunton S. (2019). Towards meaningful quantification of glomalin-related soil protein (GRSP), taking account of interference with the Coomassie Blue (Bradford) assay. European Journal of Soil Science 70: 727– 735.

2018

14. García-Leoz, V.; Villegas, J. C.; Suescún, D.; Flórez, C. P.; Merino-Martín, L.; Betancur, T.; León, J. D. (2018). Land cover effects on water balance partitioning in the Colombian Andes: improved water availability in early stages of natural vegetation recovery. Regional Environmental Change 18: 1117-1129.

2017

13. Turner, S.; Lewandrowski, W.; Elliott, C. P.; Merino-Martín, L.; Miller, B.; Stevens, J.; Erickson, T. E.; Merritt, D. J. (2017). Seed ecology informs restoration approaches for threatened species in water-limited environments: A case study on the short-range Banded Ironstone endemic Ricinocarpos brevis (Euphorbiaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 65: 661-677.

12. Merino-Martín, L.; Courtauld, C.; Commander, L.; Turner, S.; Lewandrowski, W.; Stevens, J. (2017). Interactions between seed functional traits and burial depth regulate germination and seedling emergence under water stress in species from semi-arid environments. Journal of Arid Environments 147: 25-33.

11. Merino-Martín, L.; Commander, L.; Mao, Z.; Stevens, J. C.; Miller, B. P.; Golos, P. J.; Mayence, E.; Dixon, K. (2017). Overcoming topsoil deficits in restoration of semiarid lands: Designing hydrologically favourable soil covers for seedling emergence. Ecological Engineering 105: 102-117.

10. Erktan, A.; Balmot, J.; Merino-Martín, L.; Monnier, Y.; Pailler, F.; Coq, S.; Abiven, S.; Stokes, A.; Le Bissonnais, Y. (2017). Immediate and long-term effect of tannins on the stabilization of soil aggregates. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 105: 197-205.

9. Miller, B. P.; Sinclair, E. A.; Menz, M. H. M.; Elliott, C. P.; Bunn, E.; Commander, L. E.; Dalziell, E.; David, E.; Davis, B.; Erickson, T. E.; Golos, P. J.; Krauss, S. L.; Lewandrowski, W.; Mayence, C. E.; Merino-Martín, L.; Merritt, D. J.; Nevill, P. G.; Phillips, R. D.; Ritchie, A. L.; Ruoss, S.; Stevens, J. C. (2017). A framework for the practical science necessary to restore sustainable, resilient, and biodiverse ecosystems. Restoration Ecology 25: 605–617.

2015

8. Merino-Martín, L.; Moreno-de las Heras, M.; Espigares, T.; Nicolau, J. M. (2015). Overland flow directs soil moisture and ecosystem processes at patch scale in Mediterranean restored hillslopes. Catena 133: 71-84.

2014

7. Merino-Martín, L.; Field, J. P.; Villegas, J. C.; Whicker, J. J.; Breshears, D. D.; Law, D. J.; Urgeghe, A. M. (2014). Aeolian sediment and dust fluxes during predominant «background» wind conditions for unburned and burned semiarid grassland: Interplay between particle size and temporal scale. Aeolian Research 14: 97-103.

2012

6. Merino-Martín, L.; Moreno-de las Heras, S.; Espigares, T.; Nicolau, J. M. (2012). Hydrological heterogeneity in mediterranean-dry reclaimed landscapes: runoff and sediment yield of patches and slopes along a gradient of overland flow. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16: 1305-1320.

5. Espigares, T.; Merino-Martín, L.; Moreno-de las Heras, M.; Nicolau, J. M. (2012). Intensity of ecohydrological interactions in reclaimed Mediterranean slopes: effects of runoff redistribution on plant performance. Ecohydrology 6: 836-844.

4. Merino-Martín, L.; Breshears, D. D.; Moreno-de las Heras, M.; Villegas J. C.; Pérez S.; Espigares, T.; Nicolau, J. M. (2012). Ecohydrological interrelationships between vegetation patches and soil hydrological properties along a disturbance gradient: how sources and sinks of runoff determine a restoration threshold. Restoration Ecology 20: 360-368.

2011

3. Moreno-de las Heras, M.; Espigares, T.; Merino-Martín, L.; Nicolau, J. M. (2011). Water-related ecological impacts of soil erosion processes in Mediterranean-dry reclaimed slopes. Catena 84: 114-124.

2010

2. Moreno‐de las Heras, M.; Nicolau, J. M.; Merino‐Martín, L.; Wilcox, B. P. (2010). Plot-scale effects on runoff and erosion along a slope degradation gradient. Water Resources Research 46: W04503.

2009

1. Moreno-de las Heras, M.; Merino-Martín, L.; Nicolau, J. M. (2009). Effect of vegetation cover on the reclaimed mining soils under Mediterranean-Continental climate. Catena 77: 39–47.