Noelia Gonzalez Muñoz

Noelia Gonzalez Muñoz

AgreenSkills session, year: 2nd session, 2014

Receiving laboratory: BIOGECO Biodiversity, Genes and Communities Bordeaux Aquitaine, France

Country of origin : Spain




Mobility project

The CONIFMORT project is devoted to assess the main drivers of climate induced tree mortality from global to plant scales and combining spatial modelling and experimental approaches. The specific aims of the project are: 1) To assess the main climatic factors driving last decades of climate induced conifer mortality at a global scale and to obtain a representative map of conifer mortality as a response to changing climate; 2) To determine the environmental, biological and management drivers shaping the last decade mortality of nine species of conifers at the rear edge of their distribution in Western Europe; and 3) To experimentally identify the main ecophysiological drivers of drought induced mortality in conifer seedlings.

Biography & research interests

I am a Biologist with a MS in Biology Conservation from Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). In 2012, I obtained my PhD degree in Ecology also from this University. I have made stays abroad at the Universities of California (Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, USA), Wageningen (The Netherlands), Paris-Sud and Bordeaux (France). I have actively participated in different national and regional projects and research nets, international congresses and I have teaching experience.

I have always been interested in plant ecology, plant physiology, plant invasions and especially in plant responses to stressful conditions as water shortage and drought.

During my PhD, I performed experimental and field work studies on co-occurring tree species in the Iberian Peninsula (eleven species, among them Pinus pinaster, Quercus robur, Ulmus minor, Acer negundo …). These studies had two main aims: to determine the environmental conditions favouring their establishment success, and to evaluate differences among tree species in their effects on the nitrogen cycle and seed bank composition.

During my first years as postdoctoral researcher, I oriented my research line into the evaluation of the impacts of climate change on tree species, specifically on tree secondary growth, tree water economies and on species distributions.

I am currently working on modelling the responses of trees to climate change, combining ecological modelling with experimental studies.

Selected publications

Noelia González Muñoz, Céline Bellard, Camille Leclerc, Jean-Yves Meyer, Franck Courchamp. Assessing current and future risks of invasion by Miconia calvescens. Biological Invasions, under review.

Noelia González Muñoz, Juan Carlos Linares Calderón, Pilar Castro Díez, Ute Sass-Klaassen(2015) Contrasting secondary growth and water use efficiency patterns in native and exotic trees co-occurring in inner Spain riparian forests. Forest Systems 24(1): e017 (10 pages).

Noelia González Muñoz, Juan Carlos Linares Calderón, Pilar Castro Díez, Ute Sass-Klaassen (2014) Predicting climate change impacts on native and invasive tree species using radial growth and 21st century climate scenarios. European Journal of Forest Research 133(6): 1073-1086.

Pilar Castro Díez, Guillermo Valle, Noelia González Muñoz, Álvaro Alonso (2014) Can the life-history strategy explain the success of the exotic trees Ailanthus altissima and Robinia pseudoacacia in Iberian Floodplain Forests? Plos One 9(6):e100254.

Noelia González Muñoz, Pilar Castro Díez, Oscar Godoy (2014) Lack of superiority of invasive over co-occurring native riparian tree seedling species. Biological Invasions 16(2), 269-281.

Noelia González Muñoz, Pilar Castro Díez, Ingrid M. Parker (2013) Differences in nitrogen use strategies between native and exotic tree species: predicting impacts on invaded ecosystems. Plant and Soil 363(1), 319-329.

Pilar Castro Díez, Natalia Fierro Brunnenmeister, Noelia González Muñoz, Antonio Gallardo (2012) Effects of exotic and native tree leaf litter on soil properties of two contrasting sites in the Iberian Peninsula. Plant and Soil 350, 179-191.

Noelia González Muñoz, Margarita Costa Tenorio, TíscarEspigares (2012) Invasion of alien Acacia dealbata on Spanish Quercus robur forests: Impact on soils and vegetation. Forest Ecology and Management 269, 214-221.

Noelia González Muñoz, Pilar Castro Díez, Natalia Fierro Brunnenmeister (2011) Establishment success of coexisting native and exotic trees under an experimental gradient of irradiance and soil moisture. Environmental Management 48, 764-773.

Álvaro Alonso Fernández, Noelia González Muñoz, Pilar Castro Díez (2010) Comparison of leaf decomposition and macroinvertebrate colonization between exotic and native trees in a freshwater ecosystem. Ecological Research 25, 647-653.

Pilar Castro Díez, Noelia González Muñoz, Álvaro Alonso Fernández, Antonio Gallardo, Lourens Poorter (2009) Effects of exotic invasive trees on nitrogen cycling: a case study in Central Spain. Biological Invasions 11, 1973-1986.

Awards & patents

2009 Best Student of the Year. Consejo de Estudiantes. Universidad de Alcalá, Spain.