Laura Concostrina-Zubiri

Laura Concostrina-Zubiri
Universidad de Cantabria | UNICAN · Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria"

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March 2018 - present
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Position
  • PostDoc Position
March 2014 - February 2018
University of Lisbon
Position
  • PostDoc Position
October 2013 - present
Hiroshima University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2010 - December 2012
King Juan Carlos University
Field of study
  • Natural Resource Conservation
August 2008 - August 2010
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Field of study
  • Environmental Sciences

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Publications (20)
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Drylands are important reservoirs of soil phosphorus (P) at the global scale, although large uncertainties remain regarding how climate change will affect P cycling in these ecosystems. Biocrust‐forming lichens are important regulators of abiotic and biotic processes occurring in the soil surface, including nutrient availability and redistribution,...
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Background and aims Biocrusts are major contributors to dryland nutrient cycling by regulating C, N and P inputs and fluxes. However, our understanding about how the decomposition of biocrust constituents contributes to soil nutrient cycling in drylands is virtually unknown. Methods We conducted a microcosm experiment to: i) evaluate the litter de...
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Biocrusts are major contributors to dryland diversity, functioning and services. However, little is known about how habitat degradation will impact multiple facets of biocrust diversity and measurable functional traits. We evaluated changes in taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of biocrust‐forming lichens along a habitat degradation g...
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Lichens are symbiotic organisms that comprise a fungus and a photosynthetic partner wich are recognized as a good indicator of climate change. However, our understanding of how aridity affects the diversity of saxicolous lichens in drylands is still limited. To evaluate the relationship between saxicolous lichen diversity and aridity in a central M...
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Despite their extent and socio‐ecological importance, a comprehensive biogeographical synthesis of drylands is lacking. Here we synthesize the biogeography of key organisms (vascular and non‐vascular vegetation and soil microorganisms), attributes (functional traits, spatial patterns, plant‐plant and plant‐soil interactions) and processes (producti...
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Biocrusts are key drivers of ecosystem functioning in drylands, yet our understanding of how climate change will affect the chemistry of biocrust-forming species and their impacts on carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling is still very limited. Using a manipulative experiment conducted with common biocrust-forming lichens with distinct morphology and...
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Understanding patterns of habitat natural recovery after human-made disturbances is critical for the conservation of ecosystems under high environmental stress, such as drylands. In particular, the unassisted establishment of nonvascular plants such as biological soil crusts or biocrust communities (e.g., soil lichens, mosses and cyanobacteria) in...
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Background and aimsFunctional traits are promising indicators of global changes and ecosystem processes. Trait responses to environmental conditions have been examined widely in vascular plants. In contrast, few studies have focused on soil lichens and mosses composing biocrusts. We aimed to evaluate the potential of biocrust tissue traits as indic...
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Biological soil crusts (or biocrusts) are widespread, diverse and important components of drylands sometimes threatened by global change drivers. However, their response to fragmentation processes is poorly known. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of changing landscape structure, given by land use change and the presence of linear inf...
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Biocrusts are key drivers of the structure and functioning of drylands and are very sensitive to disturbance, including atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition. We studied the impacts of simulated N deposition on biocrust community composition and soil photosynthetic and photoprotective pigment content after five years of N application in a European se...
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Mediterranean Basin ecosystems, their unique biodiversity, and the key services they provide are currently at risk due to air pollution and climate change, yet only a limited number of isolated and geographically-restricted studies have addressed this topic, often with contrasting results. Particularities of air pollution in this region include hig...
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Livestock grazing is one of the most common practices in managed woodlands affecting the abundance and diversity of plant and soil communities. While grazing effects have been studied thoroughly in vascular plants, little is known about grazing consequences for soil lichens and mosses (“biocrusts”) in managed woodlands. However, these complex commu...
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Grazing represents one of the most common disturbances in drylands worldwide, affecting both ecosystem structure and functioning. Despite the efforts to understand the nature and magnitude of grazing effects on ecosystem components and processes, contrasting results continue to arise. This is particularly remarkable for the biological soil crust (B...
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Understanding functional diversity is critical to manage and preserve biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the face of global change. However, the efforts to characterize this functional component have been mostly directed to vascular vegetation. We sampled lichen-dominated biological soil crusts (BSCs) in semiarid grasslands along an environm...
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Grazing represents one of the most common disturbances in drylands worldwide, affecting both ecosystem structure and functioning. Despite the efforts to understand the nature and magnitude of grazing effects on ecosystem components and processes, contrasting results continue to arise. This is particularly remarkable for the biological soil crust (B...
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QuestionsEnvironmental factors have been identified as strong modulators of plant community distribution and diversity, especially in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Despite recent advances in the ecology of biological soil crusts (BSC) from a community perspective, much remains unknown at the species level. Do environmental factors at different sca...
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Background/Question/Methods Biological soil crusts (BSC) (cyanobacteria, lichens and bryophytes) are key elements in dryland ecosystems. BSC enhance soil stability and fertility, and influence hydrological processes. Inadequate land use such as intensive livestock grazing may severely alter BSC diversity and cover with potentially negative feedbac...

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BIOME´s main objective for the 2022‐2026 period is to improve our ability of mapping and modelling ecosystem functions from both river and terrestrial ecosystems. This objective could be broken down into four objectives: 1. Explore drivers of biodiversity changes. We want to advance on our understanding of how community composition and structure changes in relation to climatic, hydrological and thermal regimens. 2. Link community patterns to functioning. One specific goal is to link primary production and OM decomposition to specific assemblages of primary producers and consumers at large spatial scales (for both terrestrial and river ecosystems). 3. Improve Ecosystem Services models. We need to improve ecosystem service models to make them more applicable to more scenarios and environmental settings. 4. Gain empirical evidence on the effects of Nature Based Solutions. We want to improve our knowledge on the effects that land cover has on hydrological and thermal regulation in rivers through a meta‐ecosystem framework.
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The overall objective of INDECRUST is to assess the suitability of biocrust tissue traits as ecological indicators of global changes and their impacts on ecosystem properties and functioning.