Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Postdoctoral researcher. Ramón y Cajal Programe. EEZA-CSIC

  • 2013 – 2014
    Hired postdoctoral researcher. Topic: Functional Plant Ecology at Fray Jorge Long Term Socio-Ecological Research site. Instituto de Ecología & Biodiversidad, Chile

  • 2010 – 2013
    Hired postdoctoral researcher. Topic: FunciTree project. EEZA-CSIC

  • 2007 – 2010
    JAE I3P CSIC postdoctoral Fellowship. Topic: Functional Plant Ecology of harsh environments. EEZA-CSIC

  • 2005 – 2007
    MEC/Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship. Topic: Hydraulic redistribution. Duke University, NC, USA

  • 1999 – 2004
    PhD Thesis. Title: The balance of plant-plant interactions in semiarid environments: mechanisms and processes. EEZA-CSIC and Department of Ecology, University Autónoma of Madrid. Supervisor: Dr. Prof. Francisco I. Pugnaire. Marked with distinctions

  • 2000 – 2012
    Short-term fellowships in overseas labs (IVIC, Venezuela; IFEBA, Argentina; NCEAS, USA; IE-UAM, Mexico; Duke U., USA; Utah U., USA; ISRA-CNRF, Senegal; Tokyo U, Japan)

  • 1999 – 2004
    Hired pre-doctoral researcher. EEZA-CSIC

  • 1994 – 1998
    Scholarship from Fundación MAPFRE. CSIC

  • 1993
    ERASMUS Initiation to Research Scholarship. Cork University, Ireland

  • 1993
    B. S. degree in Biology. (Univ. Autónoma of Madrid)

  • 1992
    Scholarship from the Community of Madrid Autonomous Government “Collaboration of undergraduate students in University Departments”. Department of Ecology, Faculty of Biology. University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain

  • 1991
    IAESTE Initiation to Research Scholarship. Rijkswaterstaat – Duch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management. The Netherlands

Selected publications

  • (*) Corresponding author or equal contribution to the paper

  • Gómez, J. M*., F. Perfectti*, C. Armas*, E. Narbona, A. González-Megías, L. Navarro, L. DeSoto, R. Torices. 2020. Within-individual phenotypic plasticity in flowers fosters pollination niche shift. Nature Communications, 11: 4019, doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17875-1.

  • Lozano, Y. M., C. Armas, S. Hortal, F. Casanoves, F. I. Pugnaire, 2017. Disentangling above-belowground facilitation drivers in arid environments: the role of soil microorganisms, soil properties and microhabitat. New Phytologist, 216: 1236-1246. doi: 10.1111/nph.14499.

  • López, R. P., F. A. Squeo, C. Armas, D. A. Kelt, J. R. Gutiérrez. 2016. Enhanced facilitation at the extreme end of the aridity gradient in the Atacama Desert: A community-level approach. Ecology, 97: 1593-1604. doi: 10.1890/15-1152.1.

  • Rodríguez-Echeverría S.*, C. Armas*, N. Pistón, S. Hortal, F.I. Pugnaire. 2013. A role for belowground biota in plant-plant facilitation. Journal of Ecology, 101:1420-1428. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12159.

  • Schöb C., C. Armas, M. Guler, I. Prieto, F. I. Pugnaire. 2013. Variability in functional traits mediates plant interactions along stress gradients. Journal of Ecology 101: 753–762. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12062

  • Prieto I., C. Armas, F. I. Pugnaire. 2012. Water release through plant roots: new insights on its consequences at the plant and ecosystem level. New Phytologist (Tansley review) 193: 830-841. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.04039.x

  • Armas, C.*, S. Rodríguez-Echeverría*, F.I. Pugnaire. 2011. A field test of the stress-gradient hypothesis along an aridity gradient. Journal of Vegetation Science 22:818-827. doi:10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01301.x

  • Armas C.*, F.M. Padilla*, F.I. Pugnaire, R.B. Jackson. 2010. Hydraulic lift and tolerance to salinity of semiarid species: consequences for species interactions. Oecologia 162:11-21. doi:10.1007/s00442-009-1447-1

  • Brooker, R.W. , F.T. Maestre, R.M. Callaway, C.L. Lortie, L.A. Cavieres, G. Kunstler, P. Liancourt, K. Tielbörger, J.M.J. Travis, F. Anthelme, C. Armas, L. Coll, E. Corcket, S. Delzon, E. Forey, Z. Kilvidze, J. Olofsson, F.I. Pugnaire, C L. Quiroz, P. Saccone, K. Schiffers, M. Seifan, B. Touzard, R. Michalet. 2008. Facilitation in plant communities: the past, the present and the future. Journal of Ecology 96:18-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2007.01295.x

  • Armas, C., R. Ordiales, F.I. Pugnaire. 2004. Measuring plant interactions: A new comparative index. Ecology 85: 2682-2686. doi: 10.1890/03-0650



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • CGL2017-86626-C2-1-P; MORE-eco. Ecología evolutiva y funcional de la plasticidad fenotípica en el género Moricandia (Evolutionary and Functional Ecology of phenotipic plasticity in Moricandia). Funding entity: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO). Principal researchers and research entity: Jose María Gómez Reyes & Cristina Armas. EEZA – CSIC. Start/Final dates: 2018-2021. Funds obtained: 150.000 €.

  • MAGRAMA-OAPN 1578/2015. Consecuencias de la deposición atmosférica de nitrógeno y fósforo en las comunidades vegetales y microbiota del suelo en sistemas de alta montaña. (Effects of atmospheric nitrogen and phosphorous deposition on plant and microbe soil communities in alpine systems). Funding entity: Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales (OAPN and MAGRAMA). Principal researcher: Cristina Armas. EEZA – CSIC. Start/Final dates: 2014-2019. Funds obtained: 62.600 €.

  • CGL2014-59010-R. MICROSOL. ¿Está mediada la dinámica de comunidades de plantas por los microorganismos del suelo? (Is plant community dynamics mediated by soil organisms? Responses to climate change in biodiversity hotspots). Funding entity: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO). Principal researchers and research entity: Francisco I. Pugnaire & Cristina Armas. EEZA – CSIC. Start/Final dates:

    2014-2017. Funds obtained: 127.000 €.

  • CSIC-FCT. Interacciones indirectas planta-planta y planta-suelo bajo copas de Retama sphaerocarpa L. en un gradiente ambiental: relevancia para los procesos de sucesión ecológica. (Plant-Plant and Plant-soil interactions in Retama sphaerocarpa along an environmental gradient). Funding entity: CSIC, Spain and FCT, Portugal. Principal researchers and research entity: Cristina Armas. EEZA – CSIC and Susana Rodriguez-Echeverria, U. Coimbra, Portugal. Start/Final dates: 2010-2012. Funds obtained: 18.000 €.

  • KBBE2007-227265. FUNCITREE. Functional Diversity: An ecological framework for sustainable and adaptable agro-forestry systems in landscapes of semi-arid and arid eco-regions. Funding entity: European Union. Principal researchers and research entity: Graciela Rusch (NINA, Norway) and Workpackage PI where I collaborated: F.I. Pugnaire (EEZA – CSIC). Start/Final dates: 2009-2013. Funds obtained: 293.000 €. Role as participant: postdoctoral researcher.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Consulting Editor of Journal of Arid Environments, since 2019

  • Associate Editor of Journal of Arid Environments, 2009 – 2018

  • Invited Editor in Chief of two special issues for Journal of Arid Environments: The Iberian Southeast (2011) for the series Deserts of de World and the LTSER of Fray Jorge, Chile, 2016

  • Academic Editor of PLoS One, since 2014

External reviewer for research funding agencies

  • Member of the AEET since 2000, the Ecological Society of America since 2005, the British Ecological Society (BES), 2007 – 2011, and since 2019

  • Board of Trustees (Board) of AEET, since 2019

  • Nacional Institute for Climatic Change Research, DoE, USA

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

  • The Israel Science Foundation

  • Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva, Argentina)

  • Fondo Maria Viñas, Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (ANII), Uruguay

  • Fondo de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (FONDECYT) de la Comisión Nacional Chilena de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONICYT), Chile

  • Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency

  • Spanish Research Agency

  • Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness

  • Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

  • Spanish National Parks Organization. Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales

  • BBVA Foundation, Spain

  • Spanish Association for Terrestrial Ecology (AEET)

Media coverage

  • J. Arid Environments special issue on Fray Jorge LTSER. Press releases in CSIC.es; 20 minutos, and several media in Chile, 2016

  • Celebrating World Soil Year. Talk at EEZA-CSIC. Diario de Almería, 2015

  • Rodríguez-Echeverría S.*, C. Armas* et al. (2013) J. of Ecology. This paper was selected by Journal of Ecology Editorial Board to be included in the “Virtual Issue: Soils” to celebrate World Soil Year, 2015

  • Armas & Pugnaire (2011) PLoS One paper. Press releases in CSIC.es and 10 different Spanish newspapers, 2011

  • Callaway et al. (2002) Nature. Press releases in EFE, > 10 different Spanish newspapers, radio interviews, 2002

Research outreach papers

  • Pugnaire, F.I., C. Schöb, N. Pistón, C. Armas. 2019. El papel de las plantas en las comunidades vegetales. Quercus 396: 34-42.

  • Prieto, I., C. Armas, F.I. Pugnaire. 2013. Redistribución del agua del suelo por las plantas. Un mecanismo natural de aprovechamiento de agua. Quercus, 330: 36-44.

  • Armas, C. 2004. Balance de la interacción entre plantas superiores en ambientes semiáridos: mecanismos y procesos. Ecosistemas 03/04

  • Pugnaire, F.I., C. Armas. 2003. Las interacciones entre plantas en ambientes mediterráneos. La Tierra 60 (Spl): 9-11.

  • Pugnaire, F.I., C. Armas y R. Tirado. 2002. Interacciones entre plantas de alta montaña. Quercus 177: 28-32.

  • Pugnaire, F.I., R. Lázaro, C. Armas, R. Tirado. 2001. Las dehesas de retama: Biodiversidad en ambientes semiáridos. Quercus 176: 26-29.

  • Luque, M.T., R. Tirado, C. Armas, F.I. Pugnaire. 2000. Los artinales, ecosistemas en peligro. Quercus 175: 26-30.

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