Departamental II – DII. 215B
Área de Biodiversidad y Conservación
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Tfno: +34 91 488 7032
Fax:   +34 91 664 7490
Correo electrónico: miguel.olalla at urjc.es

Historial breve

1999-2003 Licenciatura en Ciencias Ambientales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2003-2005 Diploma de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2005-2009 Tesis Doctoral, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
2003-2005 Becario de Tercer Ciclo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2004-2006 Becario Apoyo Técnico, Universidad Alcalá de Henares
2006-2009 Investigador predoctoral FPU, Universidad Alcalá de Henares
2009-2011 Investigador Marie Curie IEF, Imperial College London
2011 Profesor Titular Interino, Universidad Alcalá de Henares
2012-2013 Profesor Ayudante Doctor, UNED
2013-2014 Profesor Ayudante Doctor, URJC

Puesto actual

Profesor Contratado Doctor


Botánica y Zoología, 3º curso Grado en Ciencias Experimentales
Informática Aplicada a la Biología, 1º curso Grado en Biología
Diversidad de Vertebrados, 4º curso Grado en Biología
Biología del Cambio Global (Máster en Técnicas de Caracterización y Conservación de la Diversidad Biológica)

Líneas de investigación

Biogeografía y cambio global. Macroecología, macroevolución y conservación de vertebrados terrestres.
Técnicas de estudio de la biodiversidad: estadística espacial y métodos filogenéticos comparativos.


Bennett, J. M.; Calosi, P.; Clusella-Trullas, S.; Martínez, B.; Sunday, J.; Algar, A. C.; Araújo, M. B.; Hawkins, B. A.; Keith, S.; Kühn, I.; Rahbek, C.; Rodríguez, L.; Singer, A.; Villalobos, F.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Morales-Castilla, I. (2018). GlobTherm, a global database on thermal tolerances for aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Scientific Data 5: 180022.

Morales-Barbero, J.; Martínez, P. A.; Ferrer-Castán, D.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2018). Quaternary refugia are associated with higher speciation rates in mammalian faunas of the Western Palaearctic. Ecography 41: 607-621.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; González-Suárez, M.; Bernardo-Madrid, R.; Revilla, E.; Villalobos, F. (2017). Contrasting evidence of phylogenetic trophic niche conservatism in mammals worldwide. Journal of Biogeography 44: 99-110.

Pertierra, L. R.; Aragón, P.; Shaw, J. D.; Bergstrom, D. M.; Terauds, A.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2017). Global thermal niche models of two European grasses show high invasion risks in Antarctica. Global Change Biology 23: 2863-2873.

Pertierra, L. R.; Hughes, K. A.; Vega, G. C.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2017). High resolution spatial mapping of human footprint across Antarctica and its implications for the strategic conservation of avifauna. PLoS ONE 12: e0168280.

Rodrigues, J. F. M.; Olalla‐Tárraga, M. A.; Iverson, J. B.; Akre, T. S. B.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F. (2017). Time and environment explain the current richness distribution of non‐marine turtles worldwide. Ecography 40: 1402-1411.

Torres-Romero, E. J.; Varela, S.; Fisher, J. T.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2017). The relationship between mammal faunas and climatic instability since the Last Glacial Maximum: A Nearctic vs. Western Palearctic comparison. Acta Oecologica 82: 10-15.

Vega, G. C.; Pertierra, L. R.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2017). MERRAclim, a high-resolution global dataset of remotely sensed bioclimatic variables for ecological modelling. Nature Scientific Data 4: 170078.

Villalobos F.; Olalla-Tárraga M. A.; Cianciaruso M. V.; Rangel T. F.; Diniz-Filho J. A. F. (2017). Global patterns of mammalian co-occurrence: phylogenetic and body size structure within species ranges. Journal of Biogeography 44: 136-146.

Villalobos, F.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Vieira, C. M.; Mazzei, N. D.; Bini, L. M. (2017). Spatial dimension of body size evolution in Pterosauria: Bergmann’s rule does not drive Cope’s rule. Evolutionary Ecology Research 18: 169-186.

Gutiérrez-Pesquera, L. M.; Tejedo, M.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Duarte, H.; Nicieza, A.; Solé, M. (2016). Testing the climate variability hypothesis in thermal tolerance limits of tropical and temperate tadpoles. Journal of Biogeography 43: 1166-1178.

Pertierra, L. R.; Baker, M.; Howard, C.; Vega, G. C.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Scott, J. (2016). Assessing the invasive risk of two non-native Agrostis species on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Polar Biology 39: 2361-2371.

Torres-Romero, E. J.; Morales-Castilla, I.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2016). Bergmann’s rule in the oceans? Temperature strongly correlates with global interspecific patterns of body size in marine mammals. Global Ecology & Biogeography 25: 1206-1215.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. Á.; Torres-Romero, E. J.; Amado, T. F.; Martinez, P. A. (2015). Phylogenetic path analysis reveals the importance of niche-related biological traits on geographic range size in mammals. Global Change Biology 21: 3194-3196.

Torres-Romero, E. J.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2015). Untangling human and environmental effects on geographical gradients of mammal species richness: a global and regional evaluation. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 851-860.

Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Bini, L. M.; Rangel, T. F.; Morales-Castilla, I.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Hawkins, B. A. (2012). On the selection of phylogenetic eigenvectors for ecological analyses. Ecography 35: 239-249.

Morales-Castilla, I.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Purvis, A.; Hawkins, B. A.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2012). The imprint of Cenozoic migrations and evolutionary history on the biogeographic gradient of body size in New World mammals. The American Naturalist 180: 246-256.

Whitton, F. J. S.; Purvis, A.; Orme, C. D. L.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2012). Understanding global patterns in amphibian geographic range size: does Rapoport rule? Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 179-190.

Albuquerque, F. S.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Montoya, D.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2011). Environmental determinants of woody and herb plant species richness patterns in Great Britain. Ecoscience 18: 394-401.

Morales-Castilla, I.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Bini, L. M.; de Marco Jr., P.; Hawkins, B. A.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2011). Niche conservatism and species richness patterns of squamate reptiles in eastern and southern Africa. Austral Ecology 36: 550-558.

Olalla-Tárraga M. A. (2011). “Nullius in Bergmann” or the pluralistic approach to ecogeographical rules: a reply to Watt et al. (2010). Oikos 120: 1441-1444.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; McInnes, L.; Bini, L. M.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Fritz, S. A.; Hawkins, B. A.; Hortal, J.; Orme, C. D. L.; Rahbek, C.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Purvis, A. (2011). Climatic niche conservatism and the evolutionary dynamics in species’ range boundaries: congruence across mammals and amphibians globally. Journal of Biogeography 38: 2237-2247.

Aragón, P.; Lobo, J. M.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2010). The contribution of contemporary climate to ectothermic and endothermic vertebrate distributions in a glacial refuge. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 40-49.

Aragón, P.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Lobo J. M. (2010). Predicted impact of climate change on threatened terrestrial vertebrates in central Spain highlights differences between endotherms and ectotherms. Animal Conservation 13: 363-373.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Bini, L. M.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2010). Cross-species and assemblage-based approaches to Bergmann’s rule and the biogeography of body size in Plethodon salamanders of Eastern North America. Ecography 33: 362-368.

Zafra-Calvo, N.; Lobo, J. M.; de Albuquerque, F. S.; Cabezas, F.; Espigares, T.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Pérez del Val, J.; Rueda, M.; Velayos, M.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2010). Deriving species richness, endemism and threatened species patterns from incomplete data in the Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Natureza & Conservação 8: 27-33.

Bini, L. M.; Diniz-Filho, J. L. F.; Rangel, T. F. L. V. B.; Akre, T. S. B.; Albaladejo, R. G.; Albuquerque, F. S.; Aparicio, A.; Araújo, M. B.; Baselga, A.; Beck, K.; Bellocq, M. I.; Böhning-Gaese, K.; Borges, P. A. V.; Castro-Parga, I.; Chey, V. K.; Chown, S. L.; de Marco Jr. P.; Dobkin, D. S.; Ferrer-Castán, D.; Field, R.; Filloy, J.; Fleishman, E.; Gómez, J. F.; Hortal, J.; Iverson, J. B.; Kerr, J. T.; Kissling, W. D.; Kitching, I. J.; León-Cortés, J. L.; Lobo, J. M.; Montoya, D.; Morales-Castilla, I.; Moreno, J. C.; Oberdorff, T.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Pausas, J. G.; Qian, H.; Rahbek, C.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Rueda, M.; Ruggiero, A.; Sackmann, P.; Sanders, N. J.; Terribile, L. C.; Vetaas, O. R.; Hawkins, B. A. (2009). Coefficient shifts in geographical ecology: an empirical evaluation of spatial and non-spatial regression. Ecography 32: 193-204.

Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Bini L. M.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Cardillo, M.; Nabout, J. C.; Hortal, J.; Hawkins, B. A. (2009). Climate history, human impacts and global body size of Carnivora at multiple evolutionary scales. Journal of Biogeography 36: 2222-2236.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Bastos, R. P.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2009). Geographic body size gradients in tropical regions: Water deficit and anuran body size in the Brazilian Cerrado. Ecography 32: 581-590.

Terribile, L.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2009). Ecological and evolutionary components of body size geographic variation of venomous snakes at global scale. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98: 94-109.

Terribile, L.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Morales-Castilla, I.; Rueda, M.; Vidanes, R.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F. (2009). Global richness patterns of venomous snakes reveal contrasting influences of ecology and history in two different clades. Oecologia 159: 617-629.

Aparicio, A.; Albaladejo, R. G.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Carrillo, L. F.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2008). Dispersal potentials determine responses of woody plant species richness to environmental factors in fragmented Mediterranean landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management 255: 2894-2906.

Aubad, J.; Aragón, P.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2008). Illegal logging, landscape structure and the variation of tree species richness across North Andean forest remnants. Forest Ecology and Management 255: 1892-1899.

Rodríguez, M. A.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Hawkins, B. A. (2008). Bergmann’s rule and the geography of mammal body size in the Western Hemisphere.Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 274-283.

Hawkins, B. A.; Albuquerque, F. S.; Araújo, M. B.; Beck, J.; Bini, L. M.; Cabrero-Sañudo, F. J.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Ferrer-Castán, D.; Field, R.; Gómez, J. F.; Hortal, J.; Kerr, J. T.; Kitching, I. J.; León-Cortés, J. L.; Lobo, J. M.; Montoya, D.; Moreno, J. C.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Pausas, J. G.; Qian, H.; Rahbek, C.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Sanders, N. J.; Williams, P. (2007). A global evaluation of Metabolic Theory as an explanation for terrestrial species richness gradients. Ecology 88: 1877-1888.

Hawkins, B. A.; Montoya, D.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Zavala, M. A. (2007). Global models for predicting woody plant richness from climate: development and evaluation: comment. Ecology 88: 255-259.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Rodríguez, M. A. (2007). Energy and interspecific body size patterns of amphibian faunas in Europe and North America: anurans follow Bergmann’s rule, urodeles its converse. Global Ecology and Biogeography 16: 606-617.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Rodríguez, M. A.; Hawkins, B. A. (2006). Broad-scale body size patterns in squamate reptiles of Europe and North America.Journal of Biogeography 33: 781-793.

Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2006). A conceptual framework to assess sustainability in urban ecological systems. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 13: 1-15.