Address and links

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

E-mail: laura.ortiz at
Homepage at URJC
ORCID: 0000-0002-8508-5925

Short CV

2016 – MsC in Ecosystem Restoration, UAH, UPM, UCM and URJC
2014 – Degree in Environmental Sciences, UCLM

Research interests

Community ecology
Plant ecology

Current position

PhD student
My PhD explores functional and phylogenetical community patterns to explain assembly mechanisms within the context of the niche and neutral theories. To do so, my research is focused on species-rich and dynamic annual plant communities of semiarid gypsum Iberian systems, which can be experimentally manipulated due to the small size of plants and the synchronised and short life cycles of participant species. By means of this experimental approach, we are manipulating both the functional and phylogenetical diversity of communities in common garden experiments, as well as environmental filters in the field.