María José Fernández

Address and links
Departamental II – 203
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles

Phone: +34 91 488 8519
E-mail: mariajose.fernandez at
Homepage at URJC
Scopus: 57188685190
ORCID: 0000-0001-7874-6775
ResearcherID: AAG-3217-2021

Short CV
2022 – present Postdoctoral researcher, María Zambrano fellowship, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC, Spain)
2019 – 2022 Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Functional Ecology, University of Coimbra (UC, Portugal)
2014 – 2018 PhD in Forest science, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Spain)
2013– 2016  Research assistant within EU-funded project, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Spain)
2011 – 2012 MScs. in Advanced Forest Research, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Spain)
004 – 2011 BSc. in Agricultural engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Spain)

Research interests
My research focuses on understanding the effects of global change on ecosystem functioning through biogeochemical cycles and plant-soil interactions.I conduct observational and experimental studies at local and regional scales to identify the ecological mechanisms that regulate the structure and activity of microbial communities, soil fertility, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas fluxes and productivity of Mediterranean ecosystems.

My current research interests extend to the field of evolutionary ecology. I assess the impact of domestication on the rhizosphere microbiome of major food crops, and the consequences on crop performance and soil functionality. This knowledge allows us to move towards an effective and sustainable ecosystem management that ensures productivity and, at the same time, enables climate change mitigation and adaptation.