Irene Martin Fores

Dr Irene Martin Fores

Data Synthesis Officer

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


I am a passionate invasion ecologist dedicated to unravelling the complexities and effects of biological invasions within plant communities through a multi-scale approach. My fascination with understanding plant ecology drives my research, which ranges from local-scale processes to global ecological patterns. From a young age, I knew I wanted to work in academia, captivated by the excitement of exploring uncharted scientific territories. I have had the chance to work in a variety of projects, from which I have gain a multidisciplinary expertise; thus, my primary interests include invasion ecology, community ecology, global change and ecological modelling, biogeography and biodiversity patterns, and functional ecology and ecophysiology and social ecology.

My academic journey began with a first-class MSc in Biological Sciences. I was awarded a prestigious 4-year fellowship for my Doctorate studies, leading to a PhD in Ecology and Environment at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) where I explored transcontinental plant invasion patterns (completed in October 2015). Post-PhD, my career flourished with positions at Rey Juan Carlos University, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in Spain; and since 2020 at the University of Adelaide, Australia. These roles expanded my expertise to include functional and forest ecology, biodiversity conservation and monitoring programs, and research infrastructure and development of new tools and functionality for the research community. My diverse experiences have enriched me professionally and personally, solidifying my position as a leading expert in invasion ecology and plant community dynamics. As a result, I have established strong collaboration networks with leading researchers worldwide in the fields of Plant Ecology, Invasion Ecology and Conservation Biology. My collaboration network includes researchers in Europe, America, and Australia.

I am a passionate invasion ecologist dedicated to unravelling the complexities and effects of biological invasions within plant communities through a multi-scale approach. My fascination with understanding plant ecology drives my research, which ranges from local-scale processes to global ecological patternsI have worked in a variety of projects, from which I have gained multidisciplinary expertise; thus, my primary interests include invasion ecology, community ecology, global change and ecological modelling, biogeography and biodiversity patterns, and functional ecology and ecophysiology and social ecology.

My academic journey began with a first-class MSc in Biological Sciences. I was awarded a prestigious 4-year fellowship for my Doctorate studies, leading to a PhD in Ecology and Environment at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) where I explored transcontinental plant invasion patterns (completed in October 2015). Post-PhD, my career flourished with positions at Rey Juan Carlos University, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in Spain; and since 2020 at the University of Adelaide, Australia. These roles expanded my expertise to include functional and forest ecology, biodiversity conservation and monitoring programs, and research infrastructure and development of new tools and functionality for the research community. My diverse experiences have enriched me professionally and personally, solidifying my position as a leading expert in invasion ecology and plant community dynamics. As a result, I have established strong collaboration networks with leading researchers worldwide in the fields of Plant Ecology, Invasion Ecology and Conservation Biology. My collaboration network includes researchers in Europe, America, and Australia.

I have acted as chief investigator for Spanish national and European projects, coordinating international research teams into collaborative publications. Additionally, I have demonstrated excellent teaching skills, and have instituted strong state, national and international collaboration networks and made significant contributions to the field.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

I have authored 37 peer-reviewed articles, 31 out of those 37 (84%) published in Q1 journals, 1 book as senior author and 2 book chapters, 1 as lead author and the other as a sole author. My role has always been key, acting in most cases either as lead, senior, or second author (thus, having a primary role in 73.2% of my publications). Of these, 78% of my scientific outputs involve international collaborations, highlighting my ability to establish and consolidate successful collaboration networks with researchers worldwide. My publications have received a total of 480 citations according to Google scholar. I have a H-index of 14 (above average in my field at my career stage) and a field weighted citation impact (FWCI) of 1.12, indicating the high impact of my research (cited 12% more than other studies in the field). Of the above-mentioned scientific outputs, 22 scientific papers and 1 book chapter were published within the last five years.

I have developed 2 software outputs, and the subsequent updates. I was co-developer of ausplotsR, a CRAN R package to interact with the TERN AusPlots database, which averages 500 downloads per month and serves as one of the main platforms of research infrastructure for plot-based vegetation monitoring data nationally in Australia. Additionally, I designed key functionality to report alien flora at the Australian national scale. I was the lead developer of the Alien Flora of Australia (AFA), available on GitHub, whose associated script allows harmonisation of contrasting biodiversity data sources, exemplifying successful data interoperability for other countries with federal jurisdictions. This reflects the high impact of the research infrastructure created by us, and its importance for the broader scientific community. This highlights my achievements, given this is my primary research role within the project I am currently funded by.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - ongoing Postdoctoral Researcher The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2019 Postdoctoral Researcher Spanish National Research Council
    2016 - 2017 Erasmus+ Project Coordinator Environmental and Sociocultural association Cantabria Permaculture
    2016 - 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher King Juan Carlos University
    2010 - 2015 PhD student Complutense University of Madrid
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Italian Can read and understand spoken
    Portuguese Can read and understand spoken
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2015 Complutense University of Madrid Spain PhD
    2008 - 2010 Complutense University of Madrid Spain MSc
    2003 - 2008 Complutense University of Madrid Spain BSc Hons
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2019 Lecturer Accreditation Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) Spain
    2019 Private University Lecturer Accreditation Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) Spain
    2017 Assistant Professor Accreditation Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) -
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Frei, T., Espelta, J. M., Górriz-Mifsud, E., Hampe, A., Lefèvre, F., Martín-Forés, I., & Winkel, G. (2024). Can natural forest expansion contribute to Europe's restoration policy agenda? An interdisciplinary assessment. Ambio, 53(1), 34-45.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2024 Martín-Forés, I., Guerin, G. R., Lewis, D., Gallagher, R. V., Vila, M., Catford, J. A., . . . Sparrow, B. (2024). Towards integrating and harmonising information on plant invasions across Australia. NeoBiota, 92, 61-83.
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    2023 Martín-Forés, I., Guerin, G. R., Lewis, D., Gallagher, R. V., Vilà, M., Catford, J. A., . . . Sparrow, B. (2023). The Alien Flora of Australia (AFA), a unified Australian national dataset on plant invasion. Scientific Data, 10(1), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    2023 Spronk, A. L., Guerin, G. R., Martín-Forés, I., Lowe, A. J., & Hogendoorn, K. (2023). Evaluating remnant vegetation management practices adjacent to apple orchards to support native bee pollinators. Ecological Management and Restoration, 24(2-3), 96-106.
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    2023 Martín-Forés, I., Bywaters, S. L., Sparrow, B., & Guerin, G. R. (2023). Orchid fruiting success is unrelated to surrounding floral resources in South Australian plant communities. Journal of Plant Ecology, 16(2), 1-9.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 Galán Díaz, J., de la Riva, E. G., Martín-Forés, I., & Vilà, M. (2023). Which features at home make a plant prone to become invasive?. NeoBiota, 86, 1-20.
    DOI Scopus2
    2022 Martín‐Forés, I., Bywaters, S. L., Sparrow, B., & Guerin, G. R. (2022). Simultaneous effect of habitat remnancy, exotic species, and anthropogenic disturbance on orchid diversity in South Australia. Conservation Science and Practice, 4(4), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS1
    2022 Del Rio-Hortega, L., Martín-Forés, I., Castro, I., De Miguel, J. M., & Acosta-Gallo, B. (2022). Network-based analysis reveals differences in plant assembly between the native and the invaded ranges. NeoBiota, 72, 157-181.
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    2022 Munroe, S. E. M., Guerin, G. R., McInerney, F. A., Martín-Forés, I., Welti, N., Farrell, M., . . . Sparrow, B. (2022). A vegetation carbon isoscape for Australia built by combining continental-scale field surveys with remote sensing. Landscape Ecology, 37(8), 1987-2006.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS2
    2022 Baruch, Z., Guerin, G., Martín-Forés, I., Munroe, S., Sparrow, B., & Lowe, A. J. (2022). Shifts in floristic composition and structure in Australian rangelands. PLoS ONE, 17(12 October), 15 pages.
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    2022 Martín-Forés, I., Bastías, C. C., Acuña-Míguez, B., Magro, S., Valladares, F., & de la Cruz, M. (2022). Recruitment facilitation in expanding forests of Mediterranean juniper is sex-biased. Forest Ecology and Management, 505, 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2021 Alfaro-Sanchez, R., Espelta, J. M., Valladares, F., Acuna-Miguez, B., & Martin-Fores, I. (2021). Disentangling the role of sex dimorphism and forest structure as drivers of growth and wood density in expanding Juniperus thurifera L. woodlands. ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE, 78(4), 19 pages.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4
    2021 Martin Fores, I., Guerin, G., Munroe, S., & Sparrow, B. (2021). Applying conservation reserve design strategies to define ecosystem monitoring priorities. Ecology and Evolution, 11(23), 16365-17567.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3 Europe PMC3
    2021 Guerrieri, R., Correia, M., Martín‐Forés, I., Alfaro‐Sánchez, R., Pino, J., Hampe, A., . . . Espelta, J. M. (2021). Land‐use legacies influence tree water‐use efficiency and nitrogen availability in recently established European forests. Functional Ecology, 35(6), 1325-1340.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS5
    2021 Sporbert, M., Welk, E., Seidler, G., Jandt, U., Aćić, S., Biurrun, I., . . . Bruelheide, H. (2021). Different sets of traits explain abundance and distribution patterns of European plants at different spatial scales. Journal of Vegetation Science, 32(2), 1-15.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS12
    2021 Munroe, S., Guerin, G., Saleeba, T., Martín‐Forés, I., Blanco‐Martin, B., Sparrow, B., & Tokmakoff, A. (2021). ausplotsR: An R package for rapid extraction and analysis of vegetation and soil data collected by Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network. Journal of Vegetation Science, 32(3), 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5
    2020 Hampe, A., Alfaro-Sánchez, R., & Martín-Forés, I. (2020). Establishment of second-growth forests in human landscapes: ecological mechanisms and genetic consequences. Annals of Forest Science, 77(3), 5 pages.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2020 Acuña-Miguez, B., Valladares, F., & Martin-Fores, I. (2020). Both mature patches and expanding areas of Juniperus thurifera forests are vulnerable to climate change but for different reasons. Forests, 11(9), 960-1-960-13.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9
    2020 Martín‐Forés, I., Magro, S., Bravo‐Oviedo, A., Alfaro‐Sánchez, R., Espelta, J. M., Frei, T., . . . Valladares, F. (2020). Spontaneous forest regrowth in South-West Europe: Consequences for nature's contributions to people. People and Nature, 2(4), 980-994.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS20
    2020 Villellas, J., Martin Fores, I., Mariette, S., Massot, M., Guichoux, E., Acuña-Míguez, B., . . . Valladares, F. (2020). Functional distance is driven more strongly by environmental factors than by genetic relatedness in Juniperus thurifera L. expanding forest stands. Annals of Forest Science, 77(3), 18 pages.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7
    2019 Guerin, G. R., Martin Fores, I., Munroe, S. E. M., Sparrow, B., & Lowe, A. J. (2019). Alien plants alter the growth form ratio and structure of Australian grasslands. APPLIED VEGETATION SCIENCE, 22(4), 582-592.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2019 Valladares, F., Magro, S., & Martin Fores, I. (2019). Anthropocene, the challenge for Homo sapiens to set its own limits. Geographical Research Letters, 45(1), 33-59.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS10
    2018 Martin Fores, I., Casado, M. A., Castro, I., del Pozo, A., Molina-Montenegro, M. A., de Miguel, J. M., & Acosta-Gallo, B. (2018). Variation in phenology and overall performance traits can help to explain the plant invasion process amongst Mediterranean ecosystems. NeoBiota, 41(41), 67-89.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10
    2018 Guerin, G., Martín-Forés, I., Sparrow, B., & Lowe, A. (2018). The biodiversity impacts of non-native species should not be extrapolated from biased single-species studies. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27(3), 785-790.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS31 Europe PMC3
    2018 Baruch, Z., Jones, A., Hill, K. E., McInerney, F., Blyth, C., Caddy-Retalic, S., . . . Breed, M. (2018). Functional acclimation across microgeographic scales in Dodonaea viscosa. AoB Plants, 10(3), ply029-1-ply029-15.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2018 Casado, M. A., Martin Fores, I., Castro, I., de Miguel, J. M., & Acosta-Gallo, B. (2018). Asymmetric flows and drivers of herbaceous plant invasion success among Mediterranean-climate regions. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS9
    2018 Martin Fores, I., Acosta-Gallo, B., Castro, I., De Miguel, J. M., Del Pozo, A., & Casado, M. A. (2018). The invasiveness of Hypochaeris glabra (Asteraceae): Responses in morphological and reproductive traits for exotic populations. PLoS ONE, 13(6), 14 pages.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS8 Europe PMC2
    2017 Martin Fores, I., Avilés, M., Acosta-Gallo, B., Breed, M. F., del Pozo, A., de Miguel, J. M., . . . Casado, M. A. (2017). Ecotypic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity combine to enhance the invasiveness of the most widespread daisy in Chile, Leontodon saxatilis. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-10.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC5
    2017 Martín-Forés, I., Guerin, G., & Lowe, A. (2017). Weed abundance is positively correlated with native plant diversity in grasslands of southern Australia. PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0178681-1-e0178681-13.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS23 Europe PMC4
    2016 Martin Fores, I., Castro, I., Acosta-Gallo, B., Del Pozo, A., Sánchez-Jardón, L., De Miguel, J. M., . . . Casado, M. A. (2016). Alien plant species coexist over time with native ones in Chilean Mediterranean grasslands. Journal of Plant Ecology, 9(6), 682-691.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS12
    2016 de Miguel, J. M., Martin Fores, I., Acosta-Gallo, B., del Pozo, A., Ovalle, C., Sánchez-Jardón, L., . . . Casado, M. A. (2016). Non-random co-occurrence of native and exotic plant species in Mediterranean grasslands. Acta Oecologica, 77, 18-26.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2015 Martín-Forés, I., Sánchez-Jardón, L., Acosta-Gallo, B., del Pozo, A., Castro, I., de Miguel, J. M., . . . Casado, M. A. (2015). From Spain to Chile: environmental filters and success of herbaceous species in Mediterranean-climate regions. Biological Invasions, 17(5), 1425-1438.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS16 Europe PMC4
    2015 Casado, M. A., Acosta-Gallo, B., Sánchez-Jardón, L., Martín-Forés, I., Castro, I., Ovalle, C., . . . de Miguel, J. M. (2015). Interactive effects of source and recipient habitats on plant invasions: Distribution of exotic species in Chile. Diversity and Distributions, 21(6), 609-619.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS13
    2014 Martin Fores, I., Casado, M. A., Castro, I., Ovalle, C., Del Pozo, A., Acosta-Gallo, B., . . . De Miguel, J. M. (2014). Flora of the Mediterranean Basin in the Chilean espinales: evidence of colonisation. Pastos, 42.
    2014 Guerin, G., Martín-Forés, I., Biffin, E., Baruch, Z., Breed, M., Christmas, M., . . . Lowe, A. (2014). Global change community ecology beyond species-sorting: a quantitative framework based on mediterranean-biome examples. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23(10), 1062-1072.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9
    2013 Martín-Forés, I., Martín-López, B., & Montes, C. (2013). Anthropomorphic Factors Influencing Spanish Conservation Policies of Vertebrates. International Journal of Biodiversity, 2013, 1-9.
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    2011 Martín-López, B., Martín-Forés, I., González, J. A., & Montes, C. (2011). The biodiversity conservation in Spain: Scientific attention, social construction, and political power. Ecosistemas, 20(1), 104-113.
    Scopus5 WoS1
    2010 Martin-Lopez, B., Martin Fores, I., Gonzalez, J. A., & Montes, C. (2010). La conservación de biodiversidad en España: atención científica, construcción social e interés político.. Revista Ecosistemas, 20.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2015 El espinal de la región Mediterránea de Chile (2015). .
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2023 Martín-Forés, I., Andrew, S. C., Guerin, G. R., & Gallagher, R. V. (2023). Linking the functional traits of Australian acacia species to their geographic distribution and invasion status. In D. M. Richardson, J. J. Le Roux, & E. Marchante (Eds.), Wattles: Australian Acacia Species Around the World (pp. 74-92). CABI.
    DOI Scopus2
    2017 Martin Fores, I. (2017). Exotic Plant Species in the Mediterranean Biome: A Reflection of Cultural and Historical Relationships. In B. Fuerst-Bjeliš (Ed.), Mediterranean Identities. Environment, Society, Culture (pp. 179-201). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.
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  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2021 Guerin, G., Munroe, S., Martin Fores, I., Tokmakoff, A., & Sparrow, B. (2021). ausplotsR – rapid access to vegetation plot data across environments. Poster session presented at the meeting of TERN Science Symposium. Online.
  • Datasets

    Year Citation
    - Martín‐Forés, I., Bywaters, S., Sparrow, B., & Guerin, G. (n.d.). Orchid and habitat fragmentation dataset for: "Simultaneous effect of habitat remnancy, exotic species, and anthropogenic disturbance on orchid diversity in South Australia".
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  • Preprint

    Year Citation
    2023 Martin-Fores, I., Guerin, G., Lewis, D., Gallagher, R., Vilà, M., Catford, J., . . . Sparrow, B. (2023). Towards integrating and standardising information on plant invasions across Australia.
    DOI
    2022 Munroe, S., Guerin, G., McInerney, F., Martín-Forés, I., Welti, N., Farrell, M., . . . Sparrow, B. (2022). A vegetation carbon isoscape for Australia built by combining continental-scale field surveys with remote sensing.
    DOI
    2021 Martín-Forés, I., Bywaters, S., Sparrow, B., & Guerin, G. (2021). Orchid fruiting success is unrelated to surrounding floral resources in South Australian plant communities.
    DOI
    2021 Martín-Forés, I., Bywaters, S., Sparrow, B., & Guerin, G. (2021). Simultaneous effect of habitat remnancy, exotic species and anthropogenic disturbance on orchid diversity and abundance.
    DOI
    2021 del Rio-Hortega, L., Martín-Forés, I., Castro, I., de Miguel, J., & Acosta-Gallo, B. (2021). Network-based analysis reveals differences in plant assembly between the native and the invaded ranges..
    DOI
    2021 Martín-Forés, I., Bastias, C., Acuña-Miguez, B., Magro, S., Valladares, F., & Rot, M. (2021). Recruitment facilitation in expanding forests of Mediterranean juniper is sex-biased.
    DOI
    2021 Martín-Forés, I., Guerin, G., Munroe, S., & Sparrow, B. (2021). Applying conservation reserve design strategies to define ecosystem monitoring priorities.
    DOI
    2020 Munroe, S., Guerin, G., Saleeba, T., Martín-Forés, I., Blanco-Martin, B., Sparrow, B., & Tokmakoff, A. (2020). ausplotsR: An R package for rapid extraction and analysis of vegetation and soil data collected by Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.
    DOI

Due to the limitations imposed by my grant funded contracts to date, I have been restricted from applying as Chief Investigator for any grants over my postdoctoral journey, even those that would complement my current role and research. Despite this, I have established an exceptional track record relative to opportunity in acquiring competitive grant funding as CI prior to, and while, undertaking my PhD, resulting in $135,000. Also, having participated in major grants as an associate investigator, that received over $AUD 2.6 million. In addition, during the last 3 years, I have submitted applications for the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – global modality (2021), and ARC DECRA (2022 and 2023), with a view to being self-funded, enabling me to lead my own research project and establish my own team. In those calls, I was assessed as being in the top 10% of the unsuccessful proposals, which reflects the high quality of my proposals.

16. TERN Surveillance - Ecosystem Research Infrastructure. Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). Australia. Postdoctoral researcher

15. “Climate and habitat condition controls on orchid populations – research outcomes associated with a citizen science program”. Australian Orchid Foundation Research Grant (2019-2021). Australia. Postdoctoral researcher

14. “Scientific knowledge to advance towards the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals: a needed translational ecology” REMEDINAL TE (Ref. TE-CM. S2018/EMT-4338, 2019-2023-Comunidad de Madrid). The Community of Madrid for R&D Research Groups, Spain (2019-2023-Comunidad de Madrid) . Spain. Associate Investigator - Postdoctoral researcher

13. “Understanding the Mediterranean forest: sustainability in global change scenarios (COMEDIAS)”. Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (CGL2017-83170-R) (2018-2022). Spain.  Associate Investigator - Postdoctoral researcher

12. “Unlocking the potential of spontaneous forest establishment to improve ecosystem services and functions in dynamic landscapes.” (20163M503) (2016-2019). Spain. Associate Investigator - Postdoctoral researcher

11. “Unraveling the potential of spontaneous forest establishment for improving ecosystem functions and services in dynamic landscapes (SPONFOREST)” BiodivERsA COFUND (BiodivERsA3-2015-58). European Grant. (2016-2019). Associate Investigator - Postdoctoral researcher

10. “Remedinal3-CM. Restauración y conservación de los ecosistemas mediterráneos: Respuesta frente al cambio global”. Programa de la Comunidad de Madrid de I+D Grupos de Investigación, Ref. S2013/MAE-2719. (2014-2018). Spain. Postdoctoral researcher

9. “Adaptive potential in Dodonaea viscosa as a model for plant climate change adaptation”. Thomas Davies Research Fund. (2016-2017). Australia. Collaborator - postdoctoral researcher

8. “TREND. Transect for Environmental Monitoring and Decision Making”. South Australian Premier’s Science and Research Fund. Australia. Collaborator - postdoctoral researcher

7. Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Competitive PhD grant (Formación de Personal Universitario –FPU. The most prestigious PhD grant in Spain). Research and lecturer personnel training phase. CIA – Sole. $53,677 (32,844 €)

6. “Transcontinental naturalization of herbaceous species in Mediterranean grasslands of Spain and Chile”.  Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Proyecto CGL2009-08718). (2010-2013). Spain. Associate investigator - PhD student

5. Government of Aragon. Fellowship for outstanding researchers to benefit from accommodation and diets at the prestigious “Residencia de Estudiantes” in Madrid, where most well-known scientists, poets, and artists of the history of Spain lived. 1 year. Sole. $39,219 (24,000 €)

4. Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Competitive PhD grant (Formación de Personal Universitario –FPU. The most prestigious PhD grant in Spain). Research personnel training phase. CIA – Sole. $44,793 (27,408 €)

3. “Cultivating Health” FIDA–UNOPS, PLAMSUR Program. (2007-2008). Argentina. Collaborator - Undergraduate student

2. “Women and food: implementation of community-managed agroecological food microcredits". Development Cooperation Project (2004-2005). Spain and Argentina. Collaborator - Undergraduate student

1. “Meiosis in angiosperms: chromosomes, genes and proteins”. Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (MCYT BFU2005-02431). (2006-2009). Spain. Collaborator - Undergraduate student

TEACHING OVERVIEW

I have taught many blocks across different courses related to Ecology at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain; accounting for 210 hours from 2012 to 2017. In 2019, I obtained a competitive position as an Associate Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. Since the beginning of 2024, I have lectured in the Botany II course at the University of Adelaide. In this new role, I deliver lectures focused on plant ecophysiology during the first semester, design the content and material for the block of teaching I oversee, and set and mark assessments and test questions. I have responsibility for the practicals, which take place over 8 sessions of 3 hours duration each (24 hours of practicals).

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2024 - 2025 - Lecturer of plant ecophysiology block in the Botany II course at the University of Adelaide

September 2019 - Awarded the position 20190621-240 as an Associated professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Assistant Lecturer. Blocks of teaching in different courses at the Complutense University of Madrid:
 

(2016-2017)
-Ecology (8 hours)
-Ecological Impact Assessment (8 hours)
-Sustainable management of the environment (8 hours)

(2013-2014)
-Ecology (30 hours)
-Ecology of the natural resources (5 hours)
-Final Degree project management (23 hours).

(2012-2013)
-Ecology of the natural resources (15 hours)
-Experimental Biology of organisms and systems (12 hours)
-Applied Experimental Biology (5 hours)
-Physical planning and environmental impact assessment (8 hours)
-Ecosystems Conservation (20 hours).

(2011-2012)
-Ecology of the natural resources (30 hours).

Teaching Awards:

(2016-2017) Innovation-Teaching Award. Project: Internationalization of educational resources of the subject of Ecology and adaptation to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I aspire to engage my students in a way that motivates them to think critically, to interact dynamically, and work as a team while learning in a fun way. I am highly committed to share the best of my knowledge with positivism with the future generation, as our students today are the real hope of tomorrow’s society. Thus, I teach with passion and joy every lecture and content, including open discussions and benefiting from interactive tools like kahoot. I have an open-door policy, I incorporate feedback to keep improving myself, and I am always supportive of the students’ needs. I think caring about the students makes a difference in the way one teaches. As such, I have undertaken the mental health first aid training to be better equipped to support my students with any situation that could be affecting their motivation and performance.

CURRICULUM DESIGN & DELIVERY

Despite having held grant-funded research-only positions for the duration of my career after achieving my PhD, I have had the opportunity to lecture for many different Ecology-related courses at the Complutense University of Madrid from 2012-2017. Currently, I am a lecturer for the Plant Physiology section of Botany II at the University of Adelaide. In this role, I deliver 8 lectures per year, and I am in charge of delivering four 3-hours practicals to two groups (around 70 students per group), adding a total of 30h. For this block of teaching, I have designed the whole content of the Plant Physiology section, I have designed the quizzes associated with each practical session, and I have set and assess the mid-term test. For the curriculum design, I use scaffolding of content, making sure that there is a continuous flow among the topics explained in class. I believe in learning-by-doing; thus, I use daily life examples and objects for my students to visualise concepts in a practical way. Even though I have not gotten my SELT evaluations yet, I have already received emails from my students, thanking me for how much they have learnt and how engaging my classes were. I have really enjoyed the rewarding experience of lecturing and assessing second year students and look forward to continuing fulfilling this role in the future.

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 - 2024 Principal Supervisor Eucalyptus' stomatal density and its relationship with climatic trends The University of Adelaide Internship program of Agricultural Sciences Honours - Sumaya Rumman
    2023 - 2024 Principal Supervisor Eucalyptus' stomatal density and its relationship with climatic trends The University of Adelaide Internship program from Agricultural Sciences Honours - Kwo Man Yuen
    2022 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Eucalyptus cuticle traits and relationship with climatic trends The University of Adelaide Internship program from Agricultural Sciences Honours - Chutiya Panjapiyakul
    2022 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Functional diversity and redundancy The University of Adelaide - Honours Full Time Rhys Vincent Morgan
    2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Alien plant species influence on plant community assembly Complutense University of Madrid - Honours - Laura del Rio-Hortega
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Carbon storage in Juniperus thurifera forest associated with passive restoration and its importance in climate change mitigation Spanish National Research Council - Master Full Time Eduardo Serna Arenas
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Water Use Efficiency on Junierus thurifera expanding forests Spanish National Research Council - Master Full Time Belén Acuña Miguez
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Spatial distribution on Juniperus thurifera recruitment and regrowth Spanish National Research Council Master in Ecological Restoration Master Full Time Pablo Alvarez Garcia
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Restoration Ecology Spanish National Research Council - Master Full Time Miguel Díaz Carro
    2016 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Phenotypic differentiation in native and exotic populations of Hypochaeris glabra Complutense University of Madrid - Honours - Maria Bello Font
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2024 - 2024 Ecology career - Mentoring program Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) Mentoring Program Inna Osmolovsky
    2017 - 2019 Active engagement: from science to society Spanish National Research Council Miguel Diaz Carro
    2017 - 2019 Plant Ecology. Starting in academia. How to write a paper. Career organisation Spanish National Research Council Belén Acuña Miguez
    2017 - 2018 Restoration Ecology and future career prospection Spanish National Research Council Eduardo Serna Arenas
    2017 - 2018 Restoration Ecology Spanish National Research Council Pablo Álvarez García
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2023 - ongoing Member Weed Management Society of South Australia Australia
    2022 - ongoing Member Ecological Society of Australia Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Iberian Ecological Society Spain
    2017 - ongoing Member Spanish Terrestrial Ecology Association Spain
    2016 - 2016 Member Ecological Society of America United States
    2016 - 2016 Member British Ecological Society United Kingdom
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Grant Evaluation Grant Assessment Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Austria
    2022 - ongoing Guest Editor Editorial MDPI Sustainability -
    2020 - ongoing Guest Editor Editorial Journal of Applied Ecology -
    2019 - ongoing Grant Evaluation Grant Assessment Argentinian National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion Argentina
  • Position: Data Synthesis Officer
  • Phone: 83138367
  • Email: irene.martin@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Davies Building
  • Org Unit: Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

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