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Alberto Benavent-González

Alberto Benavent-González

PhD

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January 2014 - present
Complutense University of Madrid
Position
  • Hired investigator
September 2011 - November 2013
Complutense University of Madrid
Position
  • Collaboration
Education
January 2014 - October 2018
Complutense University of Madrid
Field of study
  • Microbial and plant ecology in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic ecosystems.
September 2009 - June 2011
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / Malardalen University
Field of study
  • European Policy and Aquatic Ecology
September 2005 - June 2009
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Field of study
  • Earth Sciences

Publications

Publications (13)
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Aims Gunnera tinctoria is an unusual N-fixing plant species that has become invasive worldwide, generally in environments with a low evaporative demand and/or high rainfall. Amongst the many mechanisms that may explain its success as an introduced species, a contrasting phenology could be important but this may depend on an ability to grow and util...
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Chronosequences at the forefront of retreating glaciers provide information about colonization rates of bare surfaces. In the northern hemisphere, forest development can take centuries, with rates often limited by low nutrient availability. In contrast, in front of the retreating Pia Glacier (Tierra del Fuego, Chile), a Nothofagus forest is in plac...
Thesis
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The present doctoral thesis, entitled "The nitrogen cycle in the Chilean sub-Antarctic region and the Maritime Antarctic. Major ecological drivers.", studies different aspects related to the functionality of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic ecosystems. The study area includes the Tierra del Fuego region, located at the southernmost tip of the Americ...
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Background and aims We lack studies evaluating how the identity of plant, lichen and moss species relates to microbial abundance and soil functioning on Antarctica. If species identity is associated with soil functioning, distributional changes of key species, linked to climate change, could significantly affect Antarctic soil functioning. Methods...
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The immense diversity of soil bacterial communities has stymied efforts to characterize individual taxa and document their global distributions. We analyzed soils from 237 locations across six continents and found that only 2% of bacterial phylotypes (~500 phylotypes) consistently accounted for almost half of the soil bacterial communities worldwid...
Conference Paper
Maritime Antarctic hosts well developed dense cryptogamic covers integrated by several bryophyte and lichen species growing in combination with the only two autochthonous vascular plants Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. These mosaic communities generate different microsites which relative coverage (i.e. in terms of species dominanc...
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Variation in climactic vegetation with altitude is widely used as an ecological indicator to identify bioclimatic belts. Tierra del Fuego is known to undergo structural and functional changes in forests along altitudinal gradients. However there is still little knowledge of the changes in plant-community composition and plant diversity –including b...
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Nine species with conservation interest are recorded at the Complutense University’s Biological Field Station. These are the following: a) with regional interest: Ilex aquifolium L., Lilium martagon L., Sorbus latifolia (Lam.) Pers., and Taxus baccata L. (sensitive to habitat alteration); Juncus bulbosus L., Prunus padus L. subsp. padus, and Ranunc...
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Although conservation efforts are traditionally based on species red lists or similar documents, recent initiatives are starting to shift this scope to include other biodiversity structures and biological classifications. Plant communities have been indicated as being among the most promising categories for setting conservation priorities but their...
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The use of jute matting in managing the invasive aquatic macrophyte species Elodea nuttallii (Planch.) H. St. John and Najas marina ssp. intermedia (Wolfg. ex Gorski) Casper (Najas intermedia) was studied in laboratory experiments and field trials. Four German lakes with predominant population of Najas intermedia or Elodea nuttalli were chosen for...
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The taxonomy and status of white-flowered aquatic Ranunculus (Ranunculus L. subgen. Batrachium (DC.) A. Gray) in South America have been subject of controversy. We examined morphological, ecological and molecular characters of Batrachium populations in the Southern American cone along a latitudinal gradient encompassing two bioclimates: Mediterrane...
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Trying to find an effective management tool, the use of biodegradable jute matting as a benthic barrier was tested. The aim was to know if this natural fiber is effective to prevent the growth of E. nuttalli and if the biomass under the net gets decomposed. The experiment was developed by covering multiple cultures of this aquatic species with nets...

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