Ines 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

Katz, D.W. and Ibáñez, I. 2016. Foliar damage beyond species distributions is partly explained by distance dependent interactions with natural enemies. Ecology. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1468

Vizcaino-Palomar, N., Ibáñez, I., González-Martínez, S., Zavala, M.A. and Alía, R. 2016. Adaptation and plasticity in aboveground allometry variation of four pine species along environmental gradients. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2153

Ibáñez, I., Zak, D.R., Burton, A.J. and Pregitzer, B.K. 2016. Chronic nitrogen deposition alters allometric relationships in a dominant tree species: Implications for woody biomass production and ecosystem carbon storage. Ecological Applications 26: 913-925doi/10.1890/15-0883

Clark, J. S., Iverson, L. R., Woodall, C. W., Allen, C., Bell, D.; Bragg, D., D'Amato, A., Davis, F., Hersh, M., Ibáñez, I., Jackson, S., Matthews, S., Pederson, N., Peters, M., Schwartz, M., Waring, K., Zimmerman, N., 2016. The impacts of increasing drought on forest dynamics, structure, and biodiversity. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13160

Ibáñez, I. and McCarthy-Neumann, S. 2016. Effects of mycorrhizal fungi on tree seedling growth: quantifying the parasitism-mutualism transition along a light gradient. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46:48-57. dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2015-0327

Contact:

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