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

E-mail lars.markesteijn at urjc.es
Homepage at URJC
ORCID: 0000-0003-3046-3121
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lars_Markesteijn

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LeSDyGoAAAAJ&hl=en

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2019 – Senior Lecturer in Forest Sciences, Bangor University
2016 – 2019 Lecturer in Forest Sciences, Bangor University
2016 – 2019 Sêr Cymru II MSCA COFUND Research Fellow, Bangor University
2013 – 2016 Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oxford
2010 – 2016 Postdoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
2010 – 2012 Rubicon laureate, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
2011 – 2012 Visiting scientist, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
2010 – 2012 Postdoctoral fellow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2005-2010 Junior Researcher, Wageningen University
2010 Ph.D. Tropical forest ecology, Wageningen University
2005 M.Sc. Tropical land use, Wageningen University
2002 B.Sc. Tropical land use, Wageningen University

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My research interests are broad, but I am foremost fascinated by biodiversity and as such most of my work is carried out in biologically complex tropical forest ecosystems. My research addresses processes underlying function and co-existence of tropical plants and mechanisms of biodiversity generation and maintenance. I take a special interest in density-dependent mortality or negative density dependence (NDD), as mediated by plant natural enemies, and how it affects regeneration dynamics of tropical plants. Furthermore, I work on physiological plant responses to limiting resources, resource competition, and tolerance to environmental and global change – principally with respect to water and light. I explore the effects of variation in plant functional traits on individual plant performance and species distribution from local to cross-ecosystem scales.

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Distinguised Research Lecturer, Beatriz Galindo fellow.
In addition to being a Research Lecturer at Biodiversos, I am a Senior Lecturer in Forest Science in the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University (UK), and affiliated with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.
I teach Environmental Restoration in the degree of Environmental Sciences and Impact of the Human Activity on the Biosphere: Processes of Global Change in the degree in Biology.

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