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: angela.illuminati at

Short CV

2012 – BsC in Natural Sciences, University of Perugia (Italy)

2016 – MsC in Science and Management of Nature, University of Bologna (Italy)

Research lines

PhD supervisors: Adrián Escudero and Silvia Matesanz.

Title: “Integrating belowground plant to plant interactions in a unified theory of plant coexistence”.

My main interests in ecology are biotic and abiotic interaction processes affecting plant communities and diversity.


Illuminati, A.; López-Angulo, J.; de la Cruz, M.; Chacón-Labella, J.; Pescador, D. S.; Pías, B.; Sánchez, A. M.; Escudero, A.; Matesanz, S. (2021). Larger aboveground neighbourhood scales maximise similarity but do not eliminate discrepancies with belowground plant diversity in a Mediterranean shrubland. Plant and Soil 460: 497-509.

López-Angulo, J.; De la Cruz, M.; Chacon-Labella, J.; Illuminati, A.; Matesanz, S.; Pescador, D. S.; Pías, B.; Sánchez, A. M.; Escudero, A. (2020). The role of root community attributes in predicting soil fungal and bacterial community patterns. New Phytologist 228: 1070-1082.

Matesanz, S.; Pescador, D. S.; Pías, B.; Sánchez, A. M.; Chacón‐Labella, J.; Illuminati, A.; de la Cruz, M.; López‐Angulo, J.; Marí‐Mena, N.; Vizcaíno, A.; Escudero, A. (2019). Estimating belowground plant abundance with DNA metabarcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources 19: 1265-1277.

De Vita, A.;  Illuminati, A.; Finotti, G.; Bufano, A.; Mulattieri, B. (2017). Tesi Botaniche 1. Notiziario della Società Botanica Italiana 1: 139-149.