Inés Ibáñez Ph.D.

Associate Professor

-Ph.D. Ecology. 2006. Duke University
-M.S. Range Sciences. 1998. Utah State University
-B.S. Biology (Botany). 1993. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Licenciatura de Grado. 1994.


My major research interests focus on the current challenges that plant communities are facing in the context of global change, i.e. climate change, invasive species, and landscape fragmentation. These challenges are interconnected as they form the novel environment under which plants are growing. The fact that forest communities are highly dependent on recruitment dynamics makes the study of early demographic stages critical for understanding the impact of global change on the natural ecosystems around us. To isolate these phenomena, I direct my research at the recruitment of dominant tree species, from seed production to the sapling stage, including seed dispersal, germination, establishment and survival during the first years. Results obtained from this line of research are essential to forecast reliable vegetation changes under future climate scenarios.

Selected publications

Peltier, D. and Ibáñez,, I. 2015 Patterns and variability in seedling carbon assimilation: implications for tree seedlings recruitment under climate change.Tree Physiology 35 71-85 

Ibáñez, I., Diez, J.M., Miller, L.P., Olden, J.D., Sorte, C.J.B., Blumenthal, D.M., Bradley, B.A., D’Antonio, C.M., Dukes, J.S., Early, R.I., Grosholz, E.D., Lawler, J.J. 2014 Integrated assessment of biological invasions. Ecological Applications24 25-37 

Ibáñez, I., Katz, D.W., Peltier, D., Wolf, S.M. and Connor Barrie, B.T. 2014 Assessing the integrated effects of landscape fragmentation on plants and plant communities: The challenge of a multiprocess-multiresponse dynamics Journal of Ecology 102 882-895 

Diez, J.M., Ibáñez, I., Silander, J., Primack, R., Higuchi, H., Kobori, H., Sen, A., James, T.Y. 2014 Beyond seasonal climate: statistical estimation of phenological responses to weather Ecological Applications 24 1793-1802 

Caldeira, M.C., Ibáñez, I., Nogueira, C., Bugalho, M.N., Lecomte, X., Moreira, A. and Pereira, J.S. 2014 Direct and indirect effects of tree canopy facilitation in the recruitment of Mediterranean oaks. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 349-358 


Ibáñez, I. and McCarthy-Neumann, S. 2014 Integrated assessment of the direct and indirect effects of resource gradients on tree species recruitment Ecology95 364-375