Ines Ibanez

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Natural Resources & Environment
Assocoate Professor
Short bio: 

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.

Research summary: 

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. Statistical modeling - In most of my work, I have encountered multiple statistical challenges when analyzing data, including missing observations, nonlinear processes, data sets that are spatially and temporally structured, commonly at different scales, and in some cases, data came from different sources. I have found hierarchical Bayesian methods particularly useful in dealing with these issues.

Recent publications: 

Ibáñez, I., Katz, D.W., Peltier, D., Wolf, S.M. and Connor Barrie, B.T. 2014. Assessing the integrated effects of landscape fragmentation on plants and plant communities: The change of a multiprocess-multiresponse dynamics. Journal of Ecology. In press

Diez, J.M., Ibáñez, I., Silander, J., Primack, R., Higuchi, H., Kobori, H., Sen, A., James, T.Y. 2014. Beyond seasonal climate: statistical estimation of phenological responses to weather Ecological Applications. In press

Ibáñez, I. and McCarthy-Neumann, S. 2014. Integrated assessment of the direct and indirect effects of resource gradients on tree species recruitment. Ecology 95(2): 364-375.

Ibáñez, I.,Diez,J.M., Miller, L.P., Olden, J.D., Sorte, C.J.B.,Blumenthal, D.M., Bradley, B.A., D’Antonio, C.M.,Dukes, J.S.,Early, R.I.,Grosholz, E.D.,Lawler, J.J.2014. Integrated assessment of biological invasions. Ecological Applications 24: 25-37.

Caldeira, M.C., Ibáñez, I., Nogueira, C., Bugalho, M.N., Lecomte, X., Moreira, A. and Pereira, J.S. 2014. Direct and indirect effects of tree canopy facilitation in the recruitment of Mediterranean oaks. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 349-358.