Short CV/Education and training

  • 2018 – 2021
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA-CSIC)

  • 2016 – 2017
    Visiting Researcher at Department of Ecology and Evolution. University of Lausanne

  • 2010 – 2016
    Post-doctoral Researcher at MedDendro LaB. Centro de Ecología Funcional. Coimbra University

  • 2010
    Post-doctoral Researcher at Department of Ecology & IMEM Ramón Margalef. University of Alicante

  • 2010
    University of Valladolid, Ph.D. Forest Ecology

  • 2006 – 2010
    Ph.D. Student at Department of Agroforestry Sciences. University of Valladolid

  • 2006 – 2009
    Assistant lecturer in BSc Degree of Environmental Sciences. National Distance Education University (UNED). Associated Centre of Soria (Spain)

  • 2004 – 2005
    Research intern at Area of Biodiversity and Conservation. Rey Juan Carlos University

  • 2003 – 2004
    Research intern at Department of Organisms and Systems Biology. University of Oviedo

  • 2002 – 2003
    Research intern at Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Ordenación del Territorio University of Oviedo

  • 2002
    University of Oviedo, BSc in Biology and M.Sc. (equivalent) in Ecology

Selected publications

  • DeSoto, L., Cailleret, M., Kramer, K., Sterck, F., Jansen S., Robert, E., et al. & Martínez-Vilalta, J. Low growth resilience to drought is related to future mortality risk in trees. Nature Communications 11:545.

  • Cailleret, M., Jansen, S., Robert, E.M.R., DeSoto, L., Aakala, T., Antos, J.A., Beikircher, B., Bigler, C., Bugmann, H., Caccianiga, M. et al. & Martínez-Vilalta J. (2017) A synthesis of radial growth patterns preceding tree mortality. Global Change Biology 23:1675–1690.

  • DeSoto, L., Torices, R., Broennimann, O., Guisan, A., Rodríguez-Echeverría, S. (2016) Is there a bias in participation and visibility against women in ecology? A comparison between Iberian and Swiss conferences. Ecosistemas 25:105–111 (in Spanish).

  • DeSoto, L., Tutor, D., Torices, R., Rodríguez-Echeverría, S. & Nabais, C. (2016) Pre-dispersal predation effect on seed packaging strategies and seed viability. Oecologia 180:91–102.

  • Byers, B.A., Ash, S.R., Chaney, D. & DeSoto, L. (2014) First known fire scar on a fossil tree trunk provides evidence of Late Triassic wildfire. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 411:180–187.

  • DeSoto, L., Camarero, J.J., Olano, J.M. & Rozas, V. (2012) Geographically structured and temporally unstable growth responses of Juniperus thurifera to recent climate variability in the Iberian Peninsula. European Journal of Forest Research 131:905–917.

  • DeSoto, L., De la Cruz, M. & Fonti, P. (2011) Intra-annual patterns of tracheid size in the Mediterranean tree Juniperus thurifera as an indicator of seasonal water stress. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41:1280–1294.

  • Soliveres, S., DeSoto, L., Maestre, F.T. & Olano, J.M. (2010) Spatio-temporal heterogeneity in abiotic factors modulate multiple ontogenetic shifts between competition and facilitation. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 12:227–234.

  • DeSoto, L., Olano, J.M., Rozas, V. & De la Cruz, M. (2010) Release of Juniperus thurifera woodlands from herbivore-mediated arrested succession in Spain. Applied Vegetation Science 13:15–25.

  • DeSoto, L., Quintanilla, L.G. & Méndez, M. (2008) Environmental sex determination in ferns: effects of nutrient availability and individual density in Woodwardia radicans. Journal of Ecology 96:1319–1327.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • TreEsilience. Global patterns of intraspecific variation in tree resilience to drought. PI: Lucía DeSoto (Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas EEZA-CSIC). Funded by UE, Horizont 2020, Marie Sklowdoska-Curie Actions. 170121€. MSCA-IF-797188, 2018 – 2020

  • MORE. Plasticidad fenotípica como motor evolutivo en Moricandia co-PI: Francisco Perfectti, José M. Gómez, Cristina Armas (Universidad de Granada y Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas EEZA-CSIC). Funded by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, España. 145200€. CGL2017-86626, 2018 – 2021

  • UNCROACH. Dynamics of woody vegetation in dry and semi-arid landscapes in a context of global change. Implications for the provision of ecosystem services. PI: Jordi Cortina (IMEM Ramón Margalef & University of Alicante). Funded by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, España. 96800€. PCGL2011-30581-C02-01/BOS, 2012 – 2015

  • DroMedAI. Drought response of Juniperus in Western Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands. PI: Lucía DeSoto. (Centre for Functional Ecology. University of Coimbra). Funded by Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal. 109890€. SFRH/BPD/70632/2010, 2010 – 2016

  • MEDIATIC. Climate change over the Western Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands: a dendroclimatic and genetic survey of the genus Juniperus. PI: Cristina Nabais (Centre for Functional Ecology. University of Coimbra). Funded by Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal. 174559€. PTDC/AAC-CLI/103361/2008, 2010 – 2013

  • RESACLIMA. Response of the tree species Juniperus thurifera L. to climatic stress and land-use changes at different spatio-temporal scales in Castilla y León, within-species variability and management. PI: José M. Olano (University of Valladolid). Funded by Consejería de Educación, Junta de Castilla y León, España. 14300€. VA069A07, 2007 – 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Recommender of Peer Community in Ecology (PCI-Ecology), since 2018

  • Reviewing Editor of Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS) of the Botanical Society of America (BSA), 2014 – 2016

  • Journal referee for: American Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, Annals of Forest Science, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Ecology, Plant Ecology & Diversity, Tree Physiology, Scientific Reports, Trees-Structure and Function, since 2009

  • Executive Board at the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE), 2014 – 2015

  • Executive Board at Postdoc@UC, 2013 – 2015

Media coverage

  • Article in Investigación y Ciencia (Spanish edition of Scientific American) “La madera registra la vulnerabilidad de los árboles frente a futuras sequías”, 2020

  • Article in Fundación Descubre “Demuestran que los árboles que sobrellevaron mejor las sequías en el pasado tienen menos riesgo de mortalidad en las futuras”, 2020

  • Activity for Secondary School Students “Cómo vemos a las científicas”. Día Internacional de la mujer y la niña en la ciencia, en la Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA-CSIC) Almería, España, 2018

  • Coordinating and editing of short film “Tree Survival: Future Challenges” in association with the COST Action FP1106 – STReESS participants, 2016

  • Invited talk within the conference cicle “As Ciências Biológicas para além da História Natural”. Title: “As árvores na investigação criminal: testemunhas de confiança” at Escola Superior Agraria Politecnico de Coimbra, 2015

  • Invited talk within the conference cicle Infusão de Ciência do Jardim Botânico de Coimbra: “Árvores milenares: a história da irmandade dos anéis” jointly with Dr. Cristina Nabais, at Botanical Garden University of Coimbra, 2015

  • Radio Interview in RUC (University of Coimbra Radio) related to this talk, 2015

  • Speed-dating in European Scientists’ Night 2014 at Museum of Science of Coimbra, 2014

  • Journal Interview in El Progreso de Lugo. Los anillos de crecimiento de los árboles son como una caja negra, 2014

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Software development of R-package for tracheids measuring and compute tracheidograms (2010)

  • Co-author with Marcelino de la Cruz (URJC). Available from CRAN,

  • First Certificate in Mother of twins


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