Jesús Aguirre-Gutiérrez

Jesús Aguirre-Gutiérrez
University of Oxford | OX · Environmental Change Institute

PhD. Ecology

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Additional affiliations
June 2011 - June 2015
University of Amsterdam
Position
  • PhD candiate
June 2011 - June 2015
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Position
  • PhD candidate in Ecology
January 2006 - December 2006
University of Guadalajara
Position
  • Research assisstant
Education
July 2011 - July 2015
Independent Researcher
Independent Researcher
Field of study
  • Ecology
August 2008 - July 2010
University of Amsterdam
Field of study
  • Ecology and Evolution
September 2002 - June 2007
University of Guadalajara
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (67)
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Aim: Biodiversity is rapidly disappearing at local and global scales also affecting the functional diversity of ecosystems. We aimed to assess whether functional diversity was correlated with species diversity and whether both were affected by similar land use and vegetation structure drivers. Better understanding of these relationships will allow...
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Climatic changes have profound effects on the distribution of biodiversity, but untangling the links between climatic change and ecosystem functioning is challenging, particularly in high diversity systems such as tropical forests. Tropical forests may also show different responses to a changing climate, with baseline climatic conditions potentiall...
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Understanding the importance of climate in determining species distribution and how it might change as a function of spatial grain size is a vital issue for species distribution modeling (SDM), yet it is often not accounted for in models and has not been extensively addressed in under sampled areas in tropical forests. Using extensive field sampled...
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Tropical ecosystems adapted to high water availability may be highly impacted by climatic changes that increase soil and atmospheric moisture deficits. Many tropical regions are experiencing significant changes in climatic conditions, which may induce strong shifts in taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of forest communities. However,...
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Nations' food consumption patterns are increasingly globalized and trade dependent. Natural resources used for agriculture (e.g., water, pollinators) are hence being virtually exchanged across countries. Inspired by the virtual water concept, we, herein, propose the concept of virtual biotic pollination flow as an indicator of countries' mutual dep...
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Evidence exists that tree mortality is accelerating in some regions of the tropics1,2, with profound consequences for the future of the tropical carbon sink and the global anthropogenic carbon budget left to limit peak global warming below 2 °C. However, the mechanisms that may be driving such mortality changes and whether particular species are es...
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The latitudinal diversity gradient (LDG) is one of the most recognized global patterns of species richness exhibited across a wide range of taxa. Numerous hypotheses have been proposed in the past two centuries to explain LDG, but rigorous tests of the drivers of LDGs have been limited by a lack of high-quality global species richness data. Here we...
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Abstract The ‘pure’ effect of aridity on photosynthetic and water-transport strategies is not easy to discern because of large-scale correlations between precipitation and temperature. We analyze traits collected along an aridity gradient in Ghana, West Africa, that shows very little temperature variation, in an attempt to disentangle thermal and h...
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Tropical forests are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, yet their functioning is threatened by anthropogenic disturbances and climate change. Global actions to conserve tropical forests could be enhanced by having local knowledge on the forestsʼ functional diversity and functional redundancy as proxies for their capacity to respon...
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Background The accuracy of predictions of invasive species ranges is dependent on niche similarity between invasive and native populations and on our ability to identify the niche characteristics. With this work we aimed to compare the niche dynamics of two genetically related invasive populations of Vespa velutina (an effective predator of honeybe...
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Human driven environmental changes increase the concentrations of polluting reactive compounds in the troposphere, such as ozone and nitrogen oxides. These changes lead to biodiversity losses and alter plant physiology and plant-pollinator interactions, essential for pollination services, with potential consequences for agricultural production. Her...
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Abstract Back Bay, Virginia, has been documented as an important foraging area for waterfowl since at least the mid‐1800s. Expansive submerged plant beds historically supported diverse assemblages of non‐breeding waterfowl; however, coastal development and other anthropogenic influences have since led to fluctuations in submerged aquatic vegetation...
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Many countries have made ambitious pledges to increase forest areas to mitigate climate change. However, the availability of land to meet these goals is not well understood. Global studies indicate substantial potential, but do not account for local land-use and regional variation, crucial for policy making. Using India as a case study, we use a ma...
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A better understanding of how climate affects growth in tree species is essential for improved predictions of forest dynamics under climate change. Long-term climate averages (mean climate) drives spatial variations in species’ baseline growth rates, whereas deviations from these averages over time (anomalies) can create growth variation around the...
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Aim Although land use change is a leading cause of biodiversity loss worldwide, there is scant information on the extent to which it has affected the structure and composition of bird communities in the Afrotropical region. This study aimed to quantify the effects of habitat transformation on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity in Afro...
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A better understanding of how climate affects growth in tree species is essential for improved predictions of forest dynamics under climate change. Long-term climate averages (mean climate) and short-term deviations from these averages (anomalies) both influence tree growth, but the rarity of long-term data integrating climatic gradients with tree...
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Plant‐pollinator interactions are highly relevant to society as many crops important for humans are animal pollinated. However, changes in climate and land use may put such interacting patterns at risk by disrupting the occurrences between pollinators and the plants they pollinate. Here, we analyse how the co‐occurrence patterns between bat pollina...
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Tropical forest ecosystems are undergoing rapid transformation as a result of changing environmental conditions and direct human impacts. However, we cannot adequately understand, monitor or simulate tropical ecosystem responses to environmental changes without capturing the high diversity of plant functional characteristics in the species-rich tro...
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A rich understanding of the productivity, carbon and nutrient cycling of terrestrial ecosystems is essential in the context of understanding, modelling and managing the future response of the biosphere to global change. This need is particularly acute in tropical ecosystems, home to over 60% of global terrestrial productivity, over half of planetar...
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Tropical forest ecosystems are undergoing rapid transformation as a result of changing environmental conditions and direct human impacts. However, we cannot adequately understand, monitor or simulate tropical ecosystem responses to environ ⁎ mental changes without capturing the high diversity of plant functional characteristics in the species-rich...
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Aim Bees play an important role in natural ecosystems and the world's food supply. In the past decades, bee abundance and diversity have declined globally. This has resulted in decreased pollination services for natural ecosystems and the agricultural sector at the field scale. One of the causes of the decline in bee abundance and diversity is the...
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Atmospheric nitrogen deposition and other sources of environmental eutrophication have increased substantially over the past century worldwide, notwithstanding the recent declining trends in Europe. Despite the recognized susceptibility of plants to eutrophication, few studies evaluated how impacts propagate to consumers, such as pollinators. Here...
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Genetic diversity and structure of morphologically characterized populations Pinus ayacahuite and Pinus strobiformis through the analysis of neutral nuclear markers. Análisis de diversidad y estructura genética con marcadores nucleares neutros de po-blaciones de Pinus ayacahuite y Pinus strobiformis morfológicamente caracterizadas. Abstract Diversi...
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Chapter 21 in the book: Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity (Eds. C. Hoorn, A. Perrigo and A. Antonelli). Over the past decade, species distribution models (SDMs) have become an indispensable item in the ecologist’s toolbox. SDMs, also known as ecological niche models, bioclimatic models or habitat suitability models, characterize the multivariate...
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The delimitation of the invasive moss species Campylopus introflexus from its closest relative, Campylopus pilifer, has been long debated based on morphology. Previous molecular phylogenetic reconstructions based on the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacers (ITS) 1 and 2 showed that C. pilifer is split into an Old World and a New World lin...
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Aim: Climate change is expected to have a great impact on the distribution of wild flora around the world. Wild plant species are an important component of the genetic resources for crop improvement, which is especially important in face of climate change impacts. Still, many crop wild relatives (CWRs) are currently threatened in their natural habi...
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Species distribution models are often used to project species distributions to different environmental conditions. However, most models do not consider whether the importance of abiotic factors may change over time. If they change, this has implications for the assessment of how abiotic changes affect species distributions. Here, we use spatially e...
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Alnus acuminata is a keystone tree species in the Yungas forests and host to a wide range of fungal symbionts. While species distribution models (SDMs) are routinely used for plants and animals to study the effects of climate change on montane forest communities, employing SDMs in fungi has been hindered by the lack of data on their geographic dist...
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Fig. S1 Map of sampling localities. Fig. S2 Plot of the total number of OTUs against the total number of reads. Fig. S3 Relationship between the net relatedness index and nearest taxa index. Fig. S4 Ancestral state reconstruction of the NRI on the species‐level Thismia phylogeny. Fig. S5 Tanglegram of the interactions between mycoheterotrophic...
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Aims: The herb–shrub flora has been widely neglected in science and conservation policy throughout the world, so that this biodiversity component remains largely unknown. The objective of this study was to elucidate the spatial patterns of species richness and phytogeographic regions of the Cerrado herb–shrub flora, and to estimate the percentage o...
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In general, plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi exchange photosynthetically fixed carbon for soil nutrients, but occasionally nonphotosynthetic plants obtain carbon from AM fungi. The interactions of these mycoheterotrophic plants with AM fungi are suggested to be more specialized than those of green plants, although direct comparisons are...
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Background and Aims Angiosperms with simple vessel perforations have evolved many times independently of species having scalariform perforations, but detailed studies to understand why these transitions in wood evolution have happened are lacking. We focus on the striking difference in wood anatomy between two closely related genera of Adoxaceae, V...
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Several bee species are experiencing significant population declines. As bees exclusively rely on pollen for development and survival, such declines could be partly related to changes in their host-plant abundance and quality. Here we investigate whether generalist bumble bee species, with stable population trends over the past years, adapted their...
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Changes in climate and land use can have important impacts on biodiversity. Species respond to such environmental modifications by adapting to new conditions or by shifting their geographic distributions towards more suitable areas. The latter might be constrained by species' functional traits that influence their ability to move, reproduce or esta...
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Species distribution models (SDM) are increasingly used to understand the factors that regulate variation in biodiversity patterns and to help plan conservation strategies. However, these models are rarely validated with independently collected data and it is unclear whether SDM performance is maintained across distinct habitats and for species wit...
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Pollinators play an important role in ecosystem functioning, affecting also crop production. Their decline may hence lead to serious ecological and economic impacts, making it essential to understand the processes that drive pollinator shifts in space and time. Land-use changes are thought to be one of the most important drivers of pollinators’ los...
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One of the very few snail taxa that display genetic antisymmetry (that is, roughly equal mixes of genetically determined clockwise [D] and anticlockwise [S] coiled individuals within a single population) are the circa 35 species of the tropical tree snail subgenus Amphidromus . Previous work has shown that this may be due to a particular type of se...
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One of the very few snail taxa that display genetic antisymmetry (that is, roughly equal mixes of genetically determined clockwise [D] and anticlockwise [S] coiled individuals within a single population) are the circa 35 species of the tropical tree snail subgenus Amphidromus . Previous work has shown that this may be due to a particular type of se...
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In the face of global environmental change, identifying the factors that shape the ecological niches of species and understanding the mechanisms behind them can help to draft effective conservation plans. The differences in the ecological factors that shape species distributions may then help to highlight differences between closely related taxa. W...
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The invasion of the giant Madagascar day gecko Phelsuma grandis has increased the threats to the four endemic Mauritian day geckos (Phelsuma spp.) that have survived on mainland Mauritius. We had two main aims: (i) to predict the spatial distribution and overlap of P. grandis and the endemic geckos at a landscape level; and (ii) to investigate the...
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It is argued that forest fragmentation has negative effects on biodiversity at the short and long term; however, these effects might be dependent on the specific vegetation of the study area and its intrinsic characteristics. The processes leading to fragmentation are very diverse and many of them have anthropogenic causes as logging actions and cl...
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Insect pollination benefits over three quarters of the world's major crops. There is growing concern that observed declines in pollinators may impact on production and revenues from animal pollinated crops. Knowing the distribution of pollinators is therefore crucial for estimating their availability to pollinate crops; however, in general, we have...
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Concern about biodiversity loss has led to increased public investment in conservation. Whereas there is a widespread perception that such initiatives have been unsuccessful, there are few quantitative tests of this perception. Here, we evaluate whether rates of biodiversity change have altered in recent decades in three European countries (Great B...
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Understanding species distributions and the factors limiting them is an important topic in ecology and conservation, including in nature reserve selection and predicting climate change impacts. While Species Distribution Models (SDM) are the main tool used for these purposes, choosing the best SDM algorithm is not straightforward as these are plent...
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Different approaches for producing SDMs are exemplified by the large variety of algorithms used. In 42 publications from 2012 containing the words “Species Distribution Models” in the title for 2012 (ISI Web of Knowledge, until 26/06/2012) the studies used 19 different algorithms. These studies focus on different aspect of the modelling process (wi...
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Statistical results of the Linear Mixed Effects models for the deviance from the average environmental variable contribution values between algorithms without separating by variable (environmental variable nested in species). (DOCX)
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Distribution of the records locations of hoverfly species in the Netherlands. All the localities where hoverflies hove been found are represented by the orange colour. Blue represents the distribution of the locations for the species modelled in this study. (TIF)
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Representation of the environmental space occupied by the modelled species (for the 10 environmental variables used, in different colours representing the species) and the available environmental conditions in the complete study area (graphs in red colour). The selected species cover the vast majority of Netherlands environmental space. The “x” axi...
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Variation of model fit (i.e. AUC scores) per algorithm per species in the ten repetition runs. In the graph every number of records corresponds to a species. Values below the dotted line correspond to predictions that are not better than random. See Table 1 and S4 for further details. (TIF)
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Environmental variables used for fitting the SDM. (DOCX)
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Statistical results of the Linear Mixed Effect models for the maps similarity values at the medium scale (Improved Fuzzy Kappa) between algorithms and their interaction with the number of records and their spatial distribution. (DOCX)
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Statistical results of the Linear Mixed Effect models for the maps similarity values at the coarser scale (Fuzzy Global Matching) between algorithms and their interaction with the number of records and their spatial distribution. (DOCX)