Address and links

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

Short CV

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

Research interests

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.

Current position

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.