I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Plant Ecology) from the University of Seville (Spain) in 1988 and I am currently working in the group BIO299: Prodution of industrial interesting compounds in microalgae and plants BIO299 (SISIUS, Junta de Andalucía, Spain). I am a professor of Ecology at the University of Seville (Spain). My research focuses on plant ecophysiology, invasive species, stable isotopes, water relations, Plant Fuctional Types.
For many years I have been involved in plant dune ecology research using as model system the plant communities of Doñana National Park. I have been also involved in several research projects in Morocco focused on ecology and ecophysiology of Argania spinosa.
I currently collaborate with several overlapping groups of colleagues principally working on a range of topics as developing models to estimate carbon footprint in golf courses and studies of plant phytochemistry and analysis of several antioxidant compounds in Corema album.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) ecophysiological studies on the invasive species Oenothera drumondii in the coasts of SW Spain; ii) Analysis of the mechanisms of plant invasions; iii) identify a reproduction system of Corema album under greenhouse conditions.