Departamental II – DII. 203
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 8519
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: jesus.lopez.angulo at

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Short CV

2011 – Degree in Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

2012 – MsC in Techniques of Characterization and Conservation of Biological Diversity, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

2018 – PhD in Sciences, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Research lines

I am a plant ecologist working on the assessment of ecological and evolutionary processes underlying community assembly integrating taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic approaches.


 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.; Pescador, D. S.; Sánchez, A. M.; Escudero, A. (2021). A dimmer shade of pale: revealing the faint signature of local assembly processes on the structure of strongly filtered plant communities. Ecography 44: 87-97.

Hurtado, P.; Prieto, M.; de Bello, F.; Aragón, G.; López-Angulo, J.; Giordani, P.; Díaz-Peña, E. M.; Vicente, R.; Merinero, S.; Košuthová, A.; Benesperi, R.; Bianchi, E.; Mayrhofer, H.; Nascimbene, J.; Grube, M.; Wedin, M.; Westberg, M.; Martínez, I. (2020). Contrasting environmental drivers determine biodiversity patterns in epiphytic lichen communities along a European gradient. Microorganisms 8: 1913. 

Hurtado, P.; Prieto, M.; Martínez-Vilalta, J.; Giordani, P.; Aragón, G.; López-Angulo, J.; Kosuthová, A.; Merinero, S.; Díaz-Peña, E. M.; Rosas, T.; Benesperi, R.; Bianchi, E.; Grube, M.; Mayrhofer, H.; Nascimbene, J.; Wedin, M.; Westberg, M.; Martínez, I. (2020). Disentangling functional trait variation and covariation in epiphytic lichens along a continent-wide latitudinal gradient. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20192862.

López-Angulo, J.; Pescador, D. S.; Sánchez, A. M.; Luzuriaga, A. L.; Cavieres, L. A.; Escudero, A. (2020). Impacts of climate, soil and biotic interactions on the interplay of the different facets of alpine plant diversity. Science of The Total Environment 698: 133960.

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.

López-Angulo, J.; Pescador, D. S.; Sánchez, A. M.; Luzuriaga, A. L.; Cavieres, L. A.; Escudero, A. (2019). Alpine vegetation dataset from three contrasting mountain ranges differing in climate and evolutionary history.  Data in Brief 27: 104816.

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.

López-Angulo, J.; Pescador, D. S.; Sánchez, A. M.; Mihoč, M. A. K.; Cavieres, L. A.; Escudero, A. (2018). Determinants of high mountain plant diversity in the Chilean Andes: From regional to local spatial scales. PLoS ONE 13: e0200216.

López-Angulo, J.; Swenson, N. G.; Cavieres, L. A.; Escudero, A. (2018). Interactions between abiotic gradients determine functional and phylogenetic diversity patterns in Mediterranean-type climate mountains in the Andes. Journal of Vegetation Science 29: 245-254.

Luzuriaga, A. L.; Sánchez, A. M.; López-Angulo, J.; Escudero, A. (2018). Habitat fragmentation determines diversity of annual plant communities at landscape and fine spatial scales. Basic and Applied Ecology 29: 12-19. PDF

Santamaría, S.; Sánchez, A. M.; López-Angulo, J.; Ornosa, C.; Mola, I.; Escudero, A. (2018). Landscape effects on pollination networks in Mediterranean gypsum islands. Plant Biology 20 (suppl.): 184-194.