Dr Miriam Munoz-Rojas

Dr Miriam Munoz-Rojas

Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment (2012), University of Seville (Seville, Spain) (Summa cum laude, international mention). Modelling soil carbon sequestration capacity in Mediterranean soils.
  • Master of Innovation Management (2010) University of Almeria (Spain). Development of CarboSOIL system
  • M.Sc. Agricultural Engineering (2004) University of Almeria (Almeria, Spain). Land use dynamics and soil erosion risk in Sierra de Gádor (Spain)
  • M.Sc. Environmental Sciences and Geographical information Systems (2002) - Centre of Geo Information and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University (The Netherlands). Soil erosion assessment at different scale levels in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park.
Science
School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

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.

 

Location
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Books | 2023
    Barceló D; Kostianoy AG; Pereira P; Mũnoz-Rojas M; Bogunovic I; Zhao W, 2023, Preface
    Books | 2023
    Pereira P; Munoz-Rojas M; Bogunovic I; Zhao W, 2023, Preface
    Books | 2019
    , 2019, Fire Effects on Soil Properties, Pereira P; Mataix-Solera J; Úbeda X; Rein G; Cerdà A, (eds.), CSIRO Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/9781486308149
    Books | 2017
    Pereira P; Brevik EC; Muñoz-Rojas M; Miller BA; Smetanova A; Depellegrin D; Misiune I; Novara A; Cerdà A, 2017, Soil Mapping and Processes Modeling for Sustainable Land Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805200-6.00002-5
    Books | 2017
    Pereira P; Brevik EC; Muñoz-Rojas M; Miller BA, 2017, Preface, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805200-6.00016-5
  • Book Chapters | 2023
    Dadzie FA; Egidi E; Stewart J; Eldridge DJ; Molesworth A; Singh BK; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2023, 'Agricultural Soil Degradation in Australia', in Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, pp. 49 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/698_2023_966
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Ibrahim Khalil M; Francaviglia R; Henry B; Klumpp K; Koncz P; Llorente M; Emoke Madari B; Muñoz-Rojas M; Nerger R, 2020, 'Strategic Management of Grazing Grassland Systems to Maintain and Increase Organic Carbon in Soils', in CO2 Sequestration, IntechOpen, http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.84341
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Bateman AM; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2019, 'Chapter One To whom the burden of soil degradation and management concerns', in Soil Degradation, Restoration and Management in a Global Change Context, Elsevier, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.apmp.2019.07.001
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Bateman AM; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2019, 'To whom the burden of soil degradation and management concerns', in Pereira P (ed.), , pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.apmp.2019.07.001
    Book Chapters | 2019
    2019, 'Microbiology', in
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Abd-Elmabod SK; Jordán A; Fleskens L; Phillips JD; Muñoz-Rojas M; van der Ploeg M; Anaya-Romero M; El-Ashry S; de la Rosa D, 2017, 'Chapter 7 Modeling Agricultural Suitability Along Soil Transects Under Current Conditions and Improved Scenario of Soil Factors', in Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management, Elsevier, pp. 193 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-805200-6.00007-4
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Abd-Elmabod SK; Jordán A; Fleskens L; Phillips JD; Muñoz-Rojas M; van der Ploeg M; Anaya-Romero M; El-Ashry S; de la Rosa D, 2017, 'Modeling Agricultural Suitability Along Soil Transects Under Current Conditions and Improved Scenario of Soil Factors', in Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management, pp. 193 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805200-6.00007-4
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Brevik EC; Pereira P; Muñoz-Rojas M; Miller BA; Cerdà A; Parras-Alcántara L; Lozano-García B, 2017, 'Chapter 1 Historical Perspectives on Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management', in Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management, Elsevier, pp. 3 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-805200-6.00001-3
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Brevik EC; Pereira P; Muñoz-Rojas M; Miller BA; Cerdà A; Parras-Alcántara L; Lozano-García B, 2017, 'Historical Perspectives on Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management', in Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management, pp. 3 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805200-6.00001-3
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Pereira P; Brevik EC; Cerdà A; Jordán A, 2017, 'Soil Mapping and Processes Models for Sustainable Land Management Applied to Modern Challenges', in Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management, Elsevier, pp. 151 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-805200-6.00006-2
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Pereira P; Brevik EC; Muñoz-Rojas M; Miller BA; Smetanova A; Depellegrin D; Misiune I; Novara A; Cerdà A, 2017, 'Soil Mapping and Processes Modeling for Sustainable Land Management', in Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management, Elsevier, pp. 29 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-805200-6.00002-5
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Pereira P; Brevik EC; Muñoz-Rojas M; Miller BA, 2017, 'Preface', in Soil Mapping and Process Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Management, Elsevier, pp. xi - xii, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-805200-6.00016-5
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Jordán A; Zavala LM; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2011, 'Mulching, effects on soil physical properties', in Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series, pp. 492 - 496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3585-1_275
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Munro TP; Erickson TE; Nimmo DG; Dadzie FA; Muñoz-Rojas M; Price JN, 2024, 'Exploring the potential of topsoil pellets to improve native seedling establishment on degraded agricultural land', Plant and Soil, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-024-06554-5
    Journal articles | 2023
    Erickson TE; Dwyer JM; Dalziell EL; James JJ; Muñoz-Rojas M; Merritt DJ, 2023, 'Unpacking the recruitment potential of seeds in reconstructed soils and varying rainfall patterns', Australian Journal of Botany, 71, pp. 353 - 370, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT22141
    Journal articles | 2023
    Machado-de-Lima NM; Charlesworth J; Stewart J; Ooi MKJ; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2023, 'Seed biopriming at different concentrations to assess the effects of Cyanobacteria on germination and seedling performance of keystone arid species', Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, 2, pp. 266 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sae2.12049
    Journal articles | 2023
    Ondik MM; Ooi MKJ; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2023, 'Soil microbial community composition and functions are disrupted by fire and land use in a Mediterranean woodland', Science of the Total Environment, 895, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.165088
    Journal articles | 2023
    Robinson JM; Hodgson R; Krauss SL; Liddicoat C; Malik AA; Martin BC; Mohr JJ; Moreno-Mateos D; Muñoz-Rojas M; Peddle SD; Breed MF, 2023, 'Opportunities and challenges for microbiomics in ecosystem restoration', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 38, pp. 1189 - 1202, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2023.07.009
    Journal articles | 2022
    Dadzie FA; Moles AT; Erickson TE; Slavich E; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2022, 'Native bacteria and cyanobacteria can influence seedling emergence and growth of native plants used in dryland restoration', Journal of Applied Ecology, 59, pp. 2983 - 2992, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14293
    Journal articles | 2022
    Getzin S; Löns C; Yizhaq H; Erickson TE; Muñoz-Rojas M; Huth A; Wiegand K, 2022, 'High-resolution images and drone-based LiDAR reveal striking patterns of vegetation gaps in a wooded spinifex grassland of Western Australia', Landscape Ecology, 37, pp. 829 - 845, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-021-01358-9
    Journal articles | 2022
    Jiménez-González MA; Machado de Lima N; Chilton AM; Almendros G; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2022, 'Biocrust cyanobacteria inoculants biomineralize gypsum and preserve indigenous bacterial communities in dryland topsoil', Geoderma, 406, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115527
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lembrechts JJ; van den Hoogen J; Aalto J; Ashcroft MB; De Frenne P; Kemppinen J; Kopecký M; Luoto M; Maclean IMD; Crowther TW; Bailey JJ; Haesen S; Klinges DH; Niittynen P; Scheffers BR; Van Meerbeek K; Aartsma P; Abdalaze O; Abedi M; Aerts R; Ahmadian N; Ahrends A; Alatalo JM; Alexander JM; Allonsius CN; Altman J; Ammann C; Andres C; Andrews C; Ardö J; Arriga N; Arzac A; Aschero V; Assis RL; Assmann JJ; Bader MY; Bahalkeh K; Barančok P; Barrio IC; Barros A; Barthel M; Basham EW; Bauters M; Bazzichetto M; Marchesini LB; Bell MC; Benavides JC; Benito Alonso JL; Berauer BJ; Bjerke JW; Björk RG; Björkman MP; Björnsdóttir K; Blonder B; Boeckx P; Boike J; Bokhorst S; Brum BNS; Brůna J; Buchmann N; Buysse P; Camargo JL; Campoe OC; Candan O; Canessa R; Cannone N; Carbognani M; Carnicer J; Casanova-Katny A; Cesarz S; Chojnicki B; Choler P; Chown SL; Cifuentes EF; Čiliak M; Contador T; Convey P; Cooper EJ; Cremonese E; Curasi SR; Curtis R; Cutini M; Dahlberg CJ; Daskalova GN; de Pablo MA; Della Chiesa S; Dengler J; Deronde B; Descombes P; Di Cecco V; Di Musciano M; Dick J; Dimarco RD; Dolezal J; Dorrepaal E; Dušek J; Eisenhauer N; Eklundh L; Erickson TE; Erschbamer B, 2022, 'Global maps of soil temperature', Global Change Biology, 28, pp. 3110 - 3144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16060
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lucas-Borja ME; Jing X; Candel-Perez D; Parhizkar M; Rocha F; Heydari M; Muñoz-Rojas M; Zema DA, 2022, 'Afforestation with Pinus nigra Arn ssp salzmannii along an elevation gradient: controlling factors and implications for climate change adaptation', Trees - Structure and Function, 36, pp. 93 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00468-021-02184-x
    Journal articles | 2022
    Luster J; Crockford L; Keller T; Muñoz-Rojas M; Wollschläger U, 2022, 'Editorial: Eurosoil 2021: Sustainable management of soil functions as a basis to avoid, halt, and reverse land degradation', Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2022.1093226
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ondik MM; Bennell M; Davies RJP; Ooi MKJ; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2022, 'Fire and land use impact soil properties in a Mediterranean dry sclerophyll woodland', Journal of Environmental Management, 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116245
    Journal articles | 2022
    Santangelo JS; Ness RW; Cohan B; Fitzpatrick CR; Innes SG; Koch S; Miles LS; Munim S; Peres-Neto PR; Prashad C; Tong AT; Aguirre WE; Akinwole PO; Alberti M; Álvarez J; Anderson JT; Anderson JJ; Ando Y; Andrew NR; Angeoletto F; Anstett DN; Anstett J; Aoki-Gonçalves F; Andis Arietta AZ; Arroyo MTK; Austen EJ; Baena-Díaz F; Barker CA; Baylis HA; Beliz JM; Benitez-Mora A; Bickford D; Biedebach G; Blackburn GS; Boehm MMA; Bonser SP; Bonte D; Bragger JR; Branquinho C; Brans KI; Bresciano JC; Brom PD; Bucharova A; Burt B; Cahill JF; Campbell KD; Carlen EJ; Carmona D; Castellanos MC; Centenaro G; Chalen I; Chaves JA; Chávez-Pesqueira M; Chen XY; Chilton AM; Chomiak KM; Cisneros-Heredia DF; Cisse IK; Classen AT; Comerford MS; Fradinger CC; Corney H; Crawford AJ; Crawford KM; Dahirel M; David S; De Haan R; Deacon NJ; Dean C; del-Val E; Deligiannis EK; Denney D; Dettlaff MA; DiLeo MF; Ding YY; Domínguez-López ME; Dominoni DM; Draud SL; Dyson K; Ellers J; Espinosa CI; Essi L; Falahati-Anbaran M; Falcão JCF; Fargo HT; Fellowes MDE; Fitzpatrick RM; Flaherty LE; Flood PJ; Flores MF; Fornoni J; Foster AG; Frost CJ; Fuentes TL; Fulkerson JR; Gagnon E; Garbsch F; Garroway CJ; Gerstein AC; Giasson MM, 2022, 'Global urban environmental change drives adaptation in white clover', Science, 375, pp. 1275 - 1281, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.abk0989
    Journal articles | 2022
    Santini NS; Chamizo S; Lucas-Borja ME; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2022, 'Editorial: Restoration of Degraded Terrestrial Ecosystems', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2022.863845
    Journal articles | 2022
    Schultz NL; Sluiter IRK; Allen GG; Machado-de-Lima NM; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2022, 'Biocrust Amendments to Topsoils Facilitate Biocrust Restoration in a Post-mining Arid Environment', Frontiers in Microbiology, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.882673
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bateman AM; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Veneklaas EJ; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2021, 'Native plant diversity is a stronger driver for soil quality than inorganic amendments in semi-arid post-mining rehabilitation', Geoderma, 394, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115001
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dadzie F; Moles A; Erickson T; Munoz-Rojas M, 2021, 'Native bacteria and cyanobacteria consortia improve seedling emergence and establishment in dryland restoration', , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-10412
    Journal articles | 2021
    Getzin S; Erickson TE; Yizhaq H; Muñoz-Rojas M; Huth A; Wiegand K, 2021, 'Bridging ecology and physics: Australian fairy circles regenerate following model assumptions on ecohydrological feedbacks', Journal of Ecology, 109, pp. 399 - 416, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13493
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lucas-Borja ME; Delgado-Baquerizo M; Muñoz-Rojas M; Plaza-Álvarez PA; Gómez-Sanchez ME; González-Romero J; Peña-Molina E; Moya D; de las Heras J, 2021, 'Changes in ecosystem properties after post-fire management strategies in wildfire-affected Mediterranean forests', Journal of Applied Ecology, 58, pp. 836 - 846, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13819
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lucas-Borja ME; Van Stan JT; Heydari M; Omidipour R; Rocha F; Plaza-Alvarez PA; Zema DA; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2021, 'Post-fire restoration with contour-felled log debris increases early recruitment of Spanish black pine (Pinus nigra Arn. ssp. salzmannii) in Mediterranean forests', Restoration Ecology, 29, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.13338
    Journal articles | 2021
    Machado de Lima N; Thomsen A; Ooi M; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2021, 'Bushfire impacts on a threatened swamp ecosystem: responses of the soil microbial communities and restoration', , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-3778
    Journal articles | 2021
    Machado de Lima NM; Muñoz-Rojas M; Vázquez-Campos X; Branco LHZ, 2021, 'Biocrust cyanobacterial composition, diversity, and environmental drivers in two contrasting climatic regions in Brazil', Geoderma, 386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114914
    Journal articles | 2021
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Delgado-Baquerizo M; Lucas-Borja ME, 2021, 'Soil biodiversity and organic carbon are essential to reverse desertification', Ecosistemas, 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.7818/ECOS.2238
    Journal articles | 2021
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Hueso-Gonzalez P; Branquinho C; Baumgartl T, 2021, 'Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land in arid and semiarid environments: Editorial', Land Degradation and Development, 32, pp. 3 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3640
    Journal articles | 2021
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Machado de Lima NM; Chamizo S; Bowker MA, 2021, 'Restoring post-fire ecosystems with biocrusts: Living, photosynthetic soil surfaces', Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health, 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2021.100273
    Journal articles | 2021
    Stewart J; Machado de Lima N; Kingsford R; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2021, 'Soil microbial responses to passive restoration strategies in drylands: a temporal comparison of soil biodiversity and ecosystem function', , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-16398
    Journal articles | 2020
    Abd-Elmabod SK; Muñoz-Rojas M; Jordán A; Anaya-Romero M; Phillips JD; Laurence J; Zhang Z; Pereira P; Fleskens L; van der Ploeg M; de la Rosa D, 2020, 'Climate change impacts on agricultural suitability and yield reduction in a Mediterranean region', Geoderma, 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114453
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chua M; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Chilton AM; Ooi MKJ; Muñoz-Rojas M; Munoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Bio-priming seeds with cyanobacteria: effects on native plant growth and soil properties', Restoration Ecology, 28, pp. S168 - S176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.13040
    Journal articles | 2020
    Eslaminejad P; Heydari M; Kakhki FV; Mirab-balou M; Omidipour R; Muñoz-Rojas M; Lucas-Borja ME, 2020, 'Plant species and season influence soil physicochemical properties and microbial function in a semi-arid woodland ecosystem', Plant and Soil, 456, pp. 43 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04691-1
    Journal articles | 2020
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Pereira P, 2020, 'Editorial: Fire in the environment', Journal of Environmental Management, 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109703
    Journal articles | 2020
    Rocha F; Lucas-Borja ME; Pereira P; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Cyanobacteria as a nature-based biotechnological tool for restoring salt-affected soils', Agronomy, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10091321
    Journal articles | 2020
    Román JR; Chilton AM; Cantón Y; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Assessing the viability of cyanobacteria pellets for application in arid land restoration', Journal of Environmental Management, 270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110795
    Journal articles | 2020
    Scaccabarozzi D; Castillo L; Aromatisi A; Milne L; Castillo AB; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Soil, site, and management factors affecting cadmium concentrations in cacao-growing soils', Agronomy, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10060806
    Journal articles | 2020
    Stock E; Standish RJ; Muñoz-Rojas M; Bell RW; Erickson TE, 2020, 'Field-Deployed Extruded Seed Pellets Show Promise for Perennial Grass Establishment in Arid Zone Mine Rehabilitation', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.576125
    Journal articles | 2019
    Abd-Elmabod SK; Bakr N; Muñoz-Rojas M; Pereira P; Zhang Z; Cerdà A; Jordán A; Mansour H; De la Rosa D; Jones L, 2019, 'Assessment of soil suitability for improvement of soil factors and agricultural management', Sustainability (Switzerland), 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su11061588
    Journal articles | 2019
    Bateman AM; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2019, 'Inorganic soil amendments alter seedling performance of native plant species in post-mining arid zone rehabilitation', Journal of Environmental Management, 241, pp. 179 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.022
    Journal articles | 2019
    Bateman AM; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Veneklaas EJ; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2019, 'Water availability drives the effectiveness of inorganic amendments to increase plant growth and substrate quality', Catena, 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2019.104116
    Journal articles | 2019
    Getzin S; Yizhaq H; Muñoz-Rojas M; Wiegand K; Erickson TE, 2019, 'A multi-scale study of Australian fairy circles using soil excavations and drone-based image analysis', Ecosphere, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2620
    Journal articles | 2019
    Moreira-Grez B; Muñoz-Rojas M; Kariman K; Storer P; O'Donnell AG; Kumaresan D; Whiteley AS; Munoz-Rojas M, 2019, 'Reconditioning degraded mine site soils with exogenous soil microbes: Plant fitness and soil microbiome outcomes', Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, pp. 1617, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.01617
    Journal articles | 2019
    Santini NS; Lovelock CE; Hua Q; Zawadzki A; Mazumder D; Mercer TR; Muñoz-Rojas M; Hardwick SA; Madala BS; Cornwell W; Thomas T; Marzinelli EM; Adam P; Paul S; Vergés A; Munoz-Rojas M, 2019, 'Natural and Regenerated Saltmarshes Exhibit Similar Soil and Belowground Organic Carbon Stocks, Root Production and Soil Respiration', Ecosystems, 22, pp. 1803 - 1822, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-019-00373-x
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bateman A; Lewandrowski W; Stevens JC; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2018, 'Ecophysiological Indicators to Assess Drought Responses of Arid Zone Native Seedlings in Reconstructed Soils', Land Degradation and Development, 29, pp. 984 - 993, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2660
    Journal articles | 2018
    Hueso-González P; Muñoz-Rojas M; Martínez-Murillo JF, 2018, 'The role of organic amendments in drylands restoration', Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health, 5, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2017.12.002
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kneller T; Harris RJ; Bateman A; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2018, 'Native-plant amendments and topsoil addition enhance soil function in post-mining arid grasslands', Science of the Total Environment, 621, pp. 744 - 752, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.219
    Journal articles | 2018
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Chilton A; Liyanage GS; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Neilan BA; Ooi MKJ; Munoz-Rojas M, 2018, 'Effects of indigenous soil cyanobacteria on seed germination and seedling growth of arid species used in restoration', Plant and Soil, 429, pp. 91 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-018-3607-8
    Journal articles | 2018
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Munoz-Rojas M, 2018, 'Soil quality indicators: critical tools in ecosystem restoration', Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health, 5, pp. 47 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2018.04.007
    Journal articles | 2018
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Román JR; Roncero-Ramos B; Erickson TE; Merritt DJ; Aguila-Carricondo P; Cantón Y; Munoz-Rojas M, 2018, 'Cyanobacteria inoculation enhances carbon sequestration in soil substrates used in dryland restoration', Science of the Total Environment, 636, pp. 1149 - 1154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.265
    Journal articles | 2018
    Pereira P; Bogunovic I; Muñoz-Rojas M; Brevik EC, 2018, 'Soil ecosystem services, sustainability, valuation and management', Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health, 5, pp. 7 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2017.12.003
    Journal articles | 2018
    Pereira P; Bogunovic I; Muñoz-Rojas M; C. Brevik E, 2018, 'The Need For Sustainability In Our Soil', Science Trends, http://dx.doi.org/10.31988/scitrends.17335
    Journal articles | 2017
    Erickson T; Munoz-Rojas M; Kildisheva OA; Stokes BA; White SA; Heyes JL; Dalziell EL; Lewandrowski W; James JJ; Madsen MD; Turner SR; Merritt DJ, 2017, 'Benefits of adopting seed-based technologies for rehabilitation in the mining sector: a Pilbara perspective', Australian Journal of Botany, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT17154
    Journal articles | 2017
    Lozano-García B; Muñoz-Rojas M; Parras-Alcántara L, 2017, 'Climate and land use changes effects on soil organic carbon stocks in a Mediterranean semi-natural area', Science of the Total Environment, 579, pp. 1249 - 1259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.111
    Journal articles | 2017
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Abd-Elmabod SK; Zavala LM; De la Rosa D; Jordán A, 2017, 'Climate change impacts on soil organic carbon stocks of Mediterranean agricultural areas: A case study in Northern Egypt', Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 238, pp. 142 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2016.09.001
    Journal articles | 2016
    Anaya-Romero M; Muñoz-Rojas M; Ibáñez B; Marañón T, 2016, 'Evaluation of forest ecosystem services in Mediterranean areas. A regional case study in South Spain', Ecosystem Services, 20, pp. 82 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.07.002
    Journal articles | 2016
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Erickson TE; Dixon KW; Merritt DJ, 2016, 'Soil quality indicators to assess functionality of restored soils in degraded semiarid ecosystems', Restoration Ecology, 24, pp. S43 - S52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rec.12368
    Journal articles | 2016
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Erickson TE; Martini D; Dixon KW; Merritt DJ, 2016, 'Soil physicochemical and microbiological indicators of short, medium and long term post-fire recovery in semi-arid ecosystems', Ecological Indicators, 63, pp. 14 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.11.038
    Journal articles | 2016
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Erickson TE; Martini DC; Dixon KW; Merritt DJ, 2016, 'Climate and soil factors influencing seedling recruitment of plant species used for dryland restoration', SOIL, 2, pp. 287 - 298, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-287-2016
    Journal articles | 2016
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Lewandrowski W; Erickson TE; Dixon KW; Merritt DJ, 2016, 'Soil respiration dynamics in fire affected semi-arid ecosystems: Effects of vegetation type and environmental factors', Science of the Total Environment, 572, pp. 1385 - 1394, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.086
    Journal articles | 2016
    Willaarts BA; Oyonarte C; Muñoz-Rojas M; Ibáñez JJ; Aguilera PA, 2016, 'Environmental Factors Controlling Soil Organic Carbon Stocks in Two Contrasting Mediterranean Climatic Areas of Southern Spain', Land Degradation and Development, 27, pp. 603 - 611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2417
    Journal articles | 2015
    Anaya-Romero M; Abd-Elmabod SK; Muñoz-Rojas M; Castellano G; Ceacero CJ; Alvarez S; Méndez M; De la Rosa D, 2015, 'Evaluating Soil Threats Under Climate Change Scenarios in the Andalusia Region, Southern Spain', Land Degradation and Development, 26, pp. 441 - 449, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2363
    Journal articles | 2015
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Doro L; Ledda L; Francaviglia R, 2015, 'Application of CarboSOIL model to predict the effects of climate change on soil organic carbon stocks in agro-silvo-pastoral Mediterranean management systems', Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 202, pp. 8 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2014.12.014
    Journal articles | 2015
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Jordán A; Zavala LM; De la Rosa D; Abd-Elmabod SK; Anaya-Romero M, 2015, 'Impact of Land Use and Land Cover Changes on Organic Carbon Stocks in Mediterranean Soils (1956-2007)', Land Degradation and Development, 26, pp. 168 - 179, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2194
    Journal articles | 2013
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Jordán A; Zavala LM; González-Peñaloza FA; De La Rosa D; Pino-Mejias R; Anaya-Romero M, 2013, 'Modelling soil organic carbon stocks in global change scenarios: A CarboSOIL application', Biogeosciences, 10, pp. 8253 - 8268, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/bg-10-8253-2013
    Journal articles | 2013
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Jordán A; Zavala LM; González-Peñaloza FA; De la Rosa D; Anaya-Romero M, 2013, 'Modelling soil organic carbon stocks in global change scenarios: a CarboSOIL application', , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/bgd-10-10997-2013
    Journal articles | 2012
    Munoz-Rojas M; Jordan A; Zavala LM; De La Rosa D; Abd-Elmabod SK; Anaya-Romero M, 2012, 'Organic carbon stocks in Mediterranean soil types under different land uses (Southern Spain)', Solid Earth, 3, pp. 375 - 386, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/se-3-375-2012
    Journal articles | 2011
    Anaya-Romero M; Pino R; Moreira JM; Muñoz-Rojas M; de la Rosa D, 2011, 'Analysis of soil capability versus land use change by using CORINE land cover and MicroLEIS', International Agrophysics, 25, pp. 395 - 398
    Journal articles | 2011
    Granged AJP; Jordán A; Zavala LM; Muñoz-Rojas M; Mataix-Solera J, 2011, 'Short-term effects of experimental fire for a soil under eucalyptus forest (SE Australia)', Geoderma, 167-168, pp. 125 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2011.09.011
    Journal articles | 2011
    Muñoz-Rojas M; De la Rosa D; Zavala LM; Jordán A; Anaya-Romero M, 2011, 'Changes in land cover and vegetation carbon stocks in Andalusia, Southern Spain (1956-2007)', Science of the Total Environment, 409, pp. 2796 - 2806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.04.009
  • Other | 2024
    Dadzie F; Machado N; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2024, Indigenous soil microbial inoculants promote restoration of arid plants in saline soils, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-12662
    Other | 2024
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Dadzie F; Machado de Lima N, 2024,  Soil microbial based strategies and seed enhancement technologies reconnect plant-soil biodiversity and improve restoration outcomes , , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-16797
    Other | 2024
    Roncero Ramos B; Romero M; Plaza Álvarez PAPÁ; Lucas-Borja ME; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2024, Post-fire restoration impacts on soil microbial communities in a Mediterranean region, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-12514
    Other | 2024
    Roncero-Ramos B; Pagli C; Maggioli L; Pajuelo E; Canton Y; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2024, Harnessing biocrust-isolated bacteria from semiarid soils to promote plant growth in ecological restoration, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-20430
    Preprints | 2023
    Dadzie F; Muñoz-Rojas M; Slavich E; Pottier P; Zeng K; Moles A, 2023, Native and commercial microbial inoculants show equal effects on plant growth in dryland ecosystems, , http://dx.doi.org/10.22541/au.167785097.78920686/v1
    Other | 2023
    Machado de Lima NM; Tangney R; Muñoz Rojas M; Ooi M, 2023, Seed microbial community characterisation and isolation from three species common to fire-prone Australia., , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu23-10170
    Other | 2023
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Dadzie F; Machado de Lima N, 2023, Emerging soil microbial-based strategies and seed enhancement technologies for restoring biodiverse degraded ecosystems, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu23-14965
    Other | 2022
    Dadzie F; Machado de Lima N; Muñoz- Rojas M, 2022, Native soil bacteria and biocrust cyanobacteria inoculation improve seedling emergence of native plants on saline dryland soils , , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-9005
    Other | 2022
    Machado de Lima N; Munoz Rojas M, 2022, Teaching and enriching younger generations perception of soil ecosystems and dryland restoration through soil biocrusts, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-8943
    Other | 2022
    Ondik M; Ooi M; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2022, Insights from landowners on Australia's Black Summer bushfires: impacts on soil and vegetation, perceptions, and behaviours, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-10776
    Other | 2022
    stewart J; Kingsford R; Munoz-Rojas M, 2022, How will climate change impact Australian drylands and what is the role of plant species in modulating these responses, , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-3645
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    Ondik M; Muñoz-Rojas M; Ooi M, 2021, 'Land management influences the effects of fire on soil properties: implications for post-fire restoration efforts', http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-9353
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Hueso-Gonzalez P; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Soil organic amendments for restoring degraded drylands: strategies, recommendations and challenges for large-scale application', presented at EGU General Assembly, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-11867
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Jiménez-González MA; Roman JR; Canton Y; Almendros G; Chilton AM; Muñoz-Rojas M; Munoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Development of cyanobacterial application methods for soil protection and restoration: case studies in Australian drylands', presented at EGU General Assembly, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-11907
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Mahado de Lima N; Charlesworth J; Stewart J; Muñoz-Rojas M; Munoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Indigenous soil bacteria as bioinoculants for promoting seedling growth of native plants in arid land rehabilitation', presented at EGU General Assembly, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-13204
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Erickson TE; Bateman A; Chilton AM; Merritt DJ; Munoz-Rojas M, 2020, 'Soil native microbes and multi-species planting for restoring soil function in dryland rehabilitation', presented at EGU General Assembly, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-11750
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Pereira P, 2020, 'Fire in the environment: effects on soil functions and ecosystem services in a changing world', presented at EGU General Assembly, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-11848
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Erickson TE; Muñoz-Rojas M; Guzzomi AL; Masarei M; Ling E; Bateman AM; Kildisheva OA; Ritchie AL; Turner SR; Parsons B; Chester P; Webster T; Wishart S; James JJ; Madsen MD; Abella SR; Merritt DJ, 2019, 'A case study of seed-use technology development for Pilbara mine site rehabilitation', in Proceedings of the International Conference on Mine Closure, pp. 679 - 691, http://dx.doi.org/10.36487/ACG_rep/1915_54_Erickson
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Alanís N; Hernández-Madrigal VM; Cerdà A; Muñoz-Rojas M; Zavala LM; Jordán A, 2017, 'Spatial Gradients of Intensity and Persistence of Soil Water Repellency Under Different Forest Types in Central Mexico', in Land Degradation and Development, pp. 317 - 327, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2544
    Preprints | 2012
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Jordán A; Zavala LM; De la Rosa D; Abd-Elmabod SK; Anaya-Romero M, 2012, Organic carbon stocks in Mediterranean soil types under different land uses (Southern Spain), , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/sed-4-1095-2012
    Preprints |
    Getzin S; Yizhaq H; Muñoz-Rojas M; Erickson TE, The Link between Termite Linyji and ‘Fairy Circles’ Does not Explain the Cause of this Specific Vegetation Pattern in Australia, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4430230

  • 2021. M Muñoz-Rojas, M Ooi, C Offord, N Emery. Native microbes for promoting conservation and restoration of threatened ecological communities. Australian Flora Foundation
  • 2020-2021. M Ooi, D Keith, W Cornwell, M Muñoz-Rojas et al. Building capacity for resilience & recovery of threatened ecological communities. Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, Environment
  • 2019-2023. M Ooi, D Keith, W Cornwell, M Lyons, M Muñoz-Rojas et al. Beyond fire frequency: understanding fire season for ecosystem management. ARC Linkage Program.
  • 2019. M Muñoz-Rojas. Conservation of threatened native plants with indigenous soil bacteria. Faculty of Research Grant, UNSW Sydney
  • 2019. A Rich, P Koshy, W-F Chen, D Chu, T Wu, M Muñoz-Rojas. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility Faculty of Research Infrastructure Scheme: Supporting Collaborative Research, UNSW Sydney
  • 2018-2021. M Muñoz-Rojas. Cyanobacterial bioencapsulation for restoring degraded drylands. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA)
  • 2018-2021. M Muñoz-Rojas, T Erickson, D Merritt. Novel approaches for harnessing native soil microbial communities to restore biodiverse degraded ecosystems in drylands. Hermon Slade Foundation & Australia and Pacific Science Foundation/Australia Pacific Science Hermon Slade Research Fund
  • 2017-2020. T Erickson, D Merritt, M Muñoz-Rojas, A Guzzomi et al. Eco-engineering solutions to improve mine-site rehabilitation outcomes. Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Global Innovation Linkages Programme
  • 2018. M Muñoz-Rojas, David Eldridge, Wendy Williams, Yolanda canton, Albert Sole. Innovative nature-based strategies for drylands restoration: the potential of indigenous cyanobacteria. UWA Research Collaboration Award
  • 2018. T Erickson, D Merritt, A Guzzomi, M Muñoz-Rojas. Catalysing the adoption of ‘restoration engineering’ in large-scale rehabilitation programs. University of Western Australia: Research Impact Grant (2018)
  • 2016. M Muñoz-Rojas, A Sole-Benet, C Oyonarte. Connecting above and belowground processes to restore functionality of arid lands: a comparison between Northern and Southern hemisphere ecosystems. UWA Research Collaboration Award ($19,600)
  • 2015. M Muñoz-Rojas, A Jordán, JA Gonzalez-Perez. Soil water repellence in biodiverse semi-arid environments: new insights and implications for ecological restoration. UWA Research Collaboration Award ($15,000)
  • 2013-2017. F López-Ruiz, R Oliver, M Muñoz-Rojas. Fungicide resistance management strategy and communications. Grain Research and Development Corporation.

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

  • Improving soil health in ecosystem restoration through multi-planting and design of growth media
  • Interactions between plant/seed-soil-microbes. Application for conservation and restoration of threatened plant communities and degraded land.
  • Cyanobacteria from soil biocrust as bio-active resources in ecosystem conservation and restoration
  • Fire impacts on soil and ecosystems: plant-soil interactions and Effects of land degradation/biodiversity loss/global change in soil function and biodiversity

 

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/)

My Research Supervision

Current students

Jana Stewart (PhD, 2020- : UNSW Sydney). Restoration of ecosystem function in a conserved drylands system: understanding abiotic and biotic interactions

Frederick Dadzie (PhD, 2019-   ; UNSW Sydney). Restoring degraded drylands ecosystems with bio-encapsulation of native soil microorganisms.

Mercedes Ondik (PhD, 2020-   ; UNSW Sydney). Effects of fire and overgrazing on soil fertility and the restorative potential of native soil microbes post-degradation

Alexandria Thomsen (PhD, 2020-   ; UNSW Sydney). How does fire season effect native plant species across Mediterranean and aseasonal rainfall climate regions of Australia?

Past students (completed)

Amber Bateman (PhD, UWA, 2017-2020, UWA) Life post mining: Using soil amendments to promote soil quality and native plant recruitment for arid landscape rehabilitation.

Nathali Machado de Lima (PhD, 2017-2020, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil). Cyanobacterial biocrust distribution and diversity in the Caatinga biome based on polyphasic taxonomy and metagenomics

Emma Stock (Master student, Murdoch University, 2019) Experimenting with modified extruded seed pellets for large-scale mine rehabilitation.

Melissa Chua (BSc hons, UWA, 2019) The use of cyanobacteria as a bio-tool in post-mine restoration

Tayla Kneller (BSc hons, Curtin University, 2017) Effects of plant diversity and soil characteristics on restoration sucess of drylands using amended soils

Amber Bateman (BSc hons, UWA, 2016) Ecophysiological responses of arid zone species to novel growth substrates and drought: Implications for restoration success

Elisabeth Jiménez Compán (BSc hons, University of Seville, Spain, 2015) Analysis of the quantitative and qualitative changes in soil organic matter after fire: effects on soil microbial populations and influence of plant species.

Luke Kitchens (BSc hons, Murdoch University, 2015) The contribution of Western Australian native plant species to soil water repellence: Characterising Hydrophobic Soils.

Rafaela Lima (BSc hons, International fellowship; Sao Paulo University, 2014) Seedling emergence of native plant species in soil materials from mining sites.

Visiting students

Marco Jimenez (PhD student; Spanish National Research Council, visiting in 2019). Effects of fire season on soil organic matter and microbial communities.

Raul Roman (PhD student; University of Almeria, Spain, visiting in 2018) Development of new methodologies for soil recovery in degraded drylands. Cyanobacteria inoculation in field settings.

Research Associates/Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Nathali Machado de Lima (2020-  )

James Charlesworth (2019- 2021)

Angela Chilton, PhD (2018- 2021)

Amber Bateman (2017)

Dylan Martini (2014-2016)