Departamental II – DII. 217
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 8288
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: alicia.gomez at

Short CV

2008 – 2013 BsC in Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)

2013 – 2014 MsC in Techniques of Characterization and Conservation of Biological Diversity, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC)

Research lines

Ph D Title: Impact of domestication on phenotypic traits and biodiversity effects

Supervisor: Rubén Milla

After thousands of years of artificial selection, we have obtained increasingly large and productive plants, which in turn has enabled them to compete more effectively for resources. Our starting hypothesis is that crop plants have probably acquired more competitive traits and less collaborative behavior throughout the domestication process. 

The main objective of my doctoral thesis is to explain the variation in plant sizes and other traits during domestication and investigate the consequences of this process on the intra- and interspecific competition dynamics. To do this, we are conducting growth and competition experiments by growing crop plants and their wild progenitors in a common garden.


Gómez-Fernández, A.; Osborne, C. P.; Rees, M.; Palomino, J.; Ingala, C.; Gómez, G.; Milla, R. (2022). Disparities among crop species in the evolution of growth rates: the role of distinct origins and domestication histories. New Phytologist 233: 995-1010.

Matesanz, S.; García-Fernández, A.; Limón-Yelmo, A.; Gómez-Fernández, A.; Escudero, A. (2018). Comparative landscape genetics of gypsum soil specialists with natural island-like distributions reveal their resilience to anthropogenic fragmentation. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 34: 1-9.

Gómez-Fernández, A.; Alcocer, I.; Matesanz, S. (2016). Does higher connectivity lead to higher genetic diversity? Effects of habitat fragmentation on genetic variation and population structure in a gypsophile. Conservation Genetics 17: 631-641.

Matesanz, S.; Gómez-Fernández, A.; Alcocer, I.; Escudero, A. (2015). Fragment size does not matter when you are well connected: effects of fragmentation on fitness of coexisting gypsophiles. Plant Biology 17: 1047–1056.