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Fernando T. Maestre

Distinguished Researcher, University of Alicante

About Fernando T. Maestre

Fernando T. Maestre received his BsC. and PhD. in Biology from the University of Alicante in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He did a post-doc at Duke University (USA, 2003-2005) and moved in 2005 to Rey Juan Carlos University (Spain), where he is a Professor of Ecology and leads the Dryland Ecology and Global Change Lab. In May 2019 he moved to the University of Alicante (Spain) as a Distinguished Researcher. Albeit not narrowed to a particular topic, his scientific career has been mostly devoted to understanding how dryland ecosystems work, and how they are responding to the ongoing global change. His research uses a wide variety of tools (field observations and experiments, laboratory work and modeling) and biotic communities (vascular plants, biological soil crusts and soil microorganisms) and is being carried out at multiple scales. He has conducted research stays in universities and research centres of USA (Montana, Vermont and Duke), UK (Rothamsted Research), Australia (Western Sydney University), Germany (Free and Leipzig Universities) and China (Lanzhou University and Chinese Academy of Sciences). He is the principal investigator of 16 research projects obtained in competitive calls summing more than 5,2 M €, being the only ecologist working in Spain that has received both a Starting and a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. Professor Maestre has published more than 230 articles in international scientific journals, including nine articles in Science, Nature and PNAS and 13 “Highly Cited” articles, has presented more than 100 communications in scientific meetings and given invited lectures in more than 15 countries. He is within the top 1% most cited researchers in the world (“Highly Cited Researcher”, Cross-Field category) in 2018. He has also received multiple awards, including a Humboldt Research Award (Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, 2015), the Prize for Young Researchers in Life Sciences (Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences, 2013), the “Miguel Catalán” Prize for Researchers under 40 years (Comunidad de Madrid, 2014) and a “Distinguished Scientists” Award (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2019).


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