Welcome Adrián Escudero- new SE

Submitted by editor on 4 April 2017.

We have the great pleasure to welcome Adrián Escudero, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Mostoles, Spain, to our Editroial Board. Get to know him in the interview below and by checking out his research here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adrian_Escudero

What's you main research focus at the moment?

Although to put a label describing my main interests in research is an almost impossible task, I can honestly say that I am a community ecologists working with plants and profoundly rooted in the most traditional plant demography. We are especially interested in unveiling fine scale mechanisms promoting coexistence. Our community models are very stressful communities such as Mediterranean drylands, especially gypsum soil habitats, but also high mountains above treelines and also shrub and dry forests in the Neotropic.

Can you describe your research career?

I am not sure if available metrics are very informative about the performance of each of us in research. Any case, my numbers are these: more than 200 papers published in journals with impact factor, a H index of 44 and more than 8000 cites.

I am especially proud of my teaching career and the supervision of more than 20 PhD thesis. My current position is at the King Juan Carlos University, a public Spanish University in Madrid, where I have had the opportunity to design, lead and learn from fantastic colleagues. The Biodiversity and Conservation Unit is a reality in which 20 permanent researcher and other 50 among technicians, pre and post docs and visiting colleagues have built a very harmonic and productive environment with more than 100 papers in relevant journals per year. I was the head of the department for almost 15 years; post that recently left to enjoy a sabbatical year.

How come that you became a scientist in ecology?

I learnt Biology in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where I coursed a Botany specialization. I always say that my primary vocation and passion is to see and learn plant diversity around the world being my work as ecologists a derivative of this. My first interests and works were related to development of statistical tools to tackle vegetation information. This was done in my Thesis work using cliff vegetation models in Iberian mountains. I got my phD degree in 1992. 

What do you do when you're not working?

I do love from my very firsts stages Mountains and whatever activity you can imagine there. Of course, climbing and hiking, and during the last 15 years, mountain running. Thanks to this passion I have visited many mountains around the globe. I do love also to have time to expend with my family, friends and to enjoy talking, discussing and drinking good wines with all of them.

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