Address and links

Departamental II – DI. 217
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles

Phone: +34 91 488 8288
E-mail: alicia.gomez at
Homepage at URJC
ORCID:  0000-0003-3422-0047
ResearcherID: AAN-1979-2021

Short CV

2013 – 2014 MsC in Techniques of Characterization and Conservation of Biological Diversity, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC)

2008 – 2013 BsC in Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)

Research interests

  • Evolutionary processes leading to functional diversity in domesticated and wild plants.
  • Consequences of plant domestication on ecosystem services
  • Effects of global change on agricultural systems

Current position

Ph.D. student.
Ph.D. Title: Evolution of plant size during domestication: causes, mechanisms and implications.
After thousands of years of evolution under cultivation, we have obtained ever larger and more productive crop plants. Our starting hypothesis is that crop plants have probably acquired more acquisitive traits during domestication, allowing rapid growth to maturity, increased resource uptake, and improved competitive ability.
The main objective of my Ph.D. is to explain the causes of variation in plant size and other related traits during domestication and to investigate the consequences of plant size on crop yield and competitive dynamics. To this end, we have conducted growth and competition experiments including domesticated plants and their wild progenitors in a common garden.