Depto. Biogeografía y Cambio Global,
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC),
C/José Gutiérrez Abascal 2,
28006 Madrid, Spain
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I am a biogeographer with broad interests in macroecology, community ecology, island biogeography, insect ecology, evolution, and biodiversity research. My main research aim is to determine why biodiversity – and in particular community structure – is geographically distributed the way it is, and to identify the processes that underlie the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological assemblages.
Currently I am a Tenured Scientist at the Department of Biogeography and Global Change of the Natural History Museum in Madrid (MNCN), a research institute of the Spanish Scientific Council (CSIC). I am also a Collaborating Professor at the Departamento de Ecologia of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in Brazil, and an Associate Researcher of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c).
After my research training and PhD at the Natural History Museum in Madrid (1996-2004), I worked as a postdoc at the Azorean Biodiversity Group in Terceira, Azores (2004-2005) and the Center for Macroecology of the University of Copenhagen (2006). From 2007 to 2010 I was a Research Associate at the NERC Centre for Population Biology of the Imperial College London at Silwood Park. Finally, in May 2010 I moved back to the MNCN, first as a JAE-Doc Research Associate, then as a Ramon Y Cajal Fellow, until the start of my current position in 2016. During 2010-2012 I was also a Visiting Researcher at the Departamento de Ecologia of the UFG. See a recent version of my CV for more detailed information.
Noriega, J., Santos, A.M.C., Calatayud, J., Chozas, S. & Hortal, J. (2021) Short‑and long‑term temporal changes in the assemblage structure of Amazonian dung beetles.Oecologia, 195(3), 719-736. DOI:10.1007/s00442-020-04831-5 (IF2021 3,298; Q2 Ecology)
de Castro-Arrazola, I., Hortal, J., Noriega, J.A. & Sanchez-Pinero, F. (2020) Assessing the functional relationship between dung beetle traits and dung removal, burial, and seedling emergence.Ecology, 101(10), e03138. DOI:10.1002/ecy.3138 (IF2020 5,499; Q1 Ecology)
Mestre, A., Poulin, R. & Hortal, J. (2020) A niche perspective on the range expansion of symbionts.Biological Reviews, 95(2), 491-516. DOI:10.1111/brv.12574 (IF2020 12,820; Q1 Biology)
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