Ines Ibáñez Ph.D.

Assistant 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:

Diez, J.M., Ibáñez, I., Miller-Rushing, A., Mazer, S. J., Crimmins, T. M., Crimmins, M. A., Bertelsen, C. D.,  and Inouye, D.W.  2012. Forecasting phenology: from species variability to community patterns Ecology Letters 15: 545-553.

Vila, M. and Ibáñez, I. 2011. Plant Invasions in the Landscape. Landscape Ecology, 26: 461-472.

Ibáñez, I., Primack, R.B., Miller-Rushing, A.J., Ellwood, E., Higuchi, H., Lee, S.D., Kobori, H., and Silander, J.A. 2010 - In Press. Forecasting phenology under global warming. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B.

Ibáñez, I., Silander, J.A, Allen, J., Treanor, S, Wilson, A. 2009. Identifying hotspots for plant invasions and forecasting focal points of further spread. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 1219-1228.

Ibáñez, I., Clark, J.S. and Dietze, M. 2009. Estimating performance of potential migrant species. Global Change Biology. 15: 1173-1188.