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.
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.
- Ibáñez I. and Rodriguez, A. In press. Understanding neighborhood effects to increase restoration success of woody plant communities. Ecological Applications.
- Cruz-Alonso, V., Villar-Salvador, P., Ruiz-Benito, P., Ibáñez I., Rey-Benayas, J.M. 2019. Long-term dynamics of shrub facilitation shape the mixing of evergreen and deciduous oaks in Mediterranean abandoned fields. J. Ecol. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13309
- Ibáñez I., Acharya K., Juno E., Karounos C., Lee B.R., McCollum C., Schaffer-Morrison, S., Tourville, J. 2019. Forest resilience under global environmental change: Do we have the information we need? A systematic review. PLOS ONE: 14(9):e0222207
- Report (committee member): National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: htpps://doi.org/10.17226/25221.
- Ibáñez I., Zak, D.R., Burton, A.J. and Pregitzer, K.S. 2018. Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition ameliorates the decline in tree growth caused by a drier climate. Ecology 99:411-420.