I completed a BSc in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Almeria (Spain) and a MSc in Environmental Sciences and Geographical Information Systems at Wageningen University (Netherlands) followed by a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (2010-2012) at the University of Seville (Spain). In June 2013, I moved to Curtin University where I was appointed as Casual Lecturer and, in November 2013, I started a Postdoctoral position at the University of Western Australia. During 2013-2018 I lead the Soil Program within the Restoration Seedbank Initiative, a major industry-based research project that focused on developing science to drive landscape restoration of biodiverse degraded ecosystems.
My current research is focused on the ecology, conservation and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems. I am particularly interested in understanding plant-soil-microbe interactions and harnessing novel methodologies, including geo-tools, genomics, metabolomics, and eco-engineering, to enhance large-scale ecosystem restoration outcomes and ensure the provision of key ecosystem services. I coordinate SOIL DarkDivNet, an add-on study of the global network DarkDivNet. that investigates the links between plant traits and soil biogeochemical parameters and indices regulated by soil microbial metabolic processes, i.e. soil respiration, carbon fixation and mineralisation, at several spatial scales.
2018 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award
2017 Science Writing Fellowship. University of New South Wales
2013 Travel grant for the COST-FTP Young Researcher’s Forum, European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
2011-2013 Research Fellowship Contract Subprogram Torres Quevedo (MICINN-PTQ), Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain
2012 Young Scientist's Travel Award for Europeans, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
2012 Outstanding Student Poster Award, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
2011 Conference Grant for Early Stage Researchers, European Cooperation in Science and Technology
2003 Department Collaboration Fellowship at University of Almeria. Ministry of Education and Sciences, Spain
2002 Erasmus Fellowship (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Student) at Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands
Main lines of research
Editorial boards: Journal of Applied Ecology (Associate Editor), Plos One (Editorial Board), Journal of Arid Environments (Associate Editor), Agronomy (Topical Editor); Solid Earth (Topical Editor- until 2020); Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution; Land Degradation and Development; Journal of Environmental Management (Guest Editor, 2018-2020)
Committees: Early Career Academic Network Science (co-chair) (https://research.unsw.edu.au/science-ecan)
European Geosciences Union (Commitee member) ; Soil System Division; Subdivision Soil Pollution and Reclamation. Soil Science Australia.
Memberships: Society for Ecological Restoration (Washington, USA); Women in Soil Sciences (UK); Woman in Sciences Australia (Australia); Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (Colorado State University, USA); Fuegored (Spanish Fire Network Association); Conservation Australia Volunteers; MED_Soil Research Group (University of Seville, Spain), LANDCARE Erasmus + Programme.
Others: UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program (https://blogs.unsw.edu.au/mathssciencechampions/)