Departamental II – DII. 218
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 7106
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: angela.lafuente at

Short CV

2005-2011 – Degree in Biological Sciences, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Sept.-Nov. 2011 – MsC course in Arctic Ecosystems, Abisko Scientific Research Station, Umeå University (Sweden).

2011-2012 – MsC in Marine Sciences: Oceanography and Management of Marine Ecosystems, Universidad de Barcelona.

Research lines

My PhD thesis focuses on the gas exchange soil-atmosphere and microbial properties in arid ecosystems under the effect of global change.


Lafuente, A.; Bowker, M. A.; Delgado-Baquerizo, M.; Durán, J.; Singh, B.; Maestre, F. T. (2019). Global drivers of methane oxidation and denitrifying gene distribution in drylands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28: 1230-1243.

Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Gozalo, B.; Raggio, J.; Lafuente, A.; Prieto, M.; Maestre, F. T. (2018). Warming reduces the cover, richness and evenness of lichen-dominated biocrusts but promotes moss growth: insights from a 8 yr experiment. New Phytologist 220: 811-823.

Lafuente, A.; Berdugo, M.; Ladrón de Guevara, M.; Gozalo, B.; Maestre, F. T. (2018). Simulated climate change affects how biocrusts modulate infiltration and desiccation dynamics. Ecohydrology 11: e1935.

Martínez-Abraín, A.; Crespo, J.; Berdugo, M.; Gutiérrez, L.; Lafuente, A.; Mañas, A.; de Miguel, J. M. (2013). Causes of human impact to protected vertebrate wildlife parallel long-term socio-economical changes in Spain. Animal Conservation 16: 286-294.

Berdugo, M.; Gutierrez, L.; Lafuente, A.; Mañas, A.; Martinez-Abraín, A.; De Miguel, J. M. (2011). ¿Qué daña nuestra fauna? Quercus 310: 16-20.