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I obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 2011, a master's degree in Forestry in 2012, and a PhD in Forest science 2018 (Technical University of Madrid, Spain). My PhD focused on the effects of global change on the soil carbon and nitrogen cycling at a pine-oak ecotone forest. As a PhD student, I performed scientific stays abroad (6 months) and collaborated in several projects (LIFE and national R&D calls) gaining experience in determining nutrients, greenhouse gas fluxes and soil microbial community composition. Since 2019, I work as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), studying the biotic and abiotic factors that modulate greenhouse gas fluxes in arid ecosystems, and their response to climate change. My research interests focus on the patterns and mechanisms influencing the composition and functioning of soil microbial communities (enzymatic activities, mineralization rates, diversity, composition, and co-occurrence patterns). My research includes local and regional studies, field experiments and laboratory bioassays. I have experience in experimental design, management of complex databases and statistical analysis in R. I have published 6 SCI articles (5 in Q1, average JCR IF 5.0) in ecology, forestry, and soil science journals (29 citations, H-index 4). I am regular reviewer for 10 international journals (Publons profile > 83rd percentile). I am also involved in outreach activities (open on-line courses and European Researchers' Night) and organizational tasks (I coordinate the Forestry working group in the Red REMEDIA).
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
María José Fernández Alonso

Citation names

  • Fernández-Alonso, MJ

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
4A19-2998-5911
ORCID iD
0000-0001-7874-6775
Researcher Id
AAG-3217-2021
Scopus Author Id
57188685190

Email addresses

  • mjfa@uc.pt (Professional)
  • marijose.fdzalonso@gmail.com (Personal)

Telephones

Telephone
  • 239 240 75 Ext.: 262352 (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Agrarian Sciences - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Soil Science
  • Agrarian Sciences - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Forestry
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Ecology
  • Engineering and Technology - Environmental Engineering

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Spanish; Castilian (Mother tongue)
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Education
Degree Classification
2019/02/15 - 2019/04/04
Concluded
Women in science (Outros)
Major in 50 hours
Ecologistas en acción, Spain

Biodiversia S. Coop. Mad., Spain
2019/03/28 - 2019/03/29
Concluded
Training School: Measuring Greenhouse Gases Emissions in Agricultural Systems (Outros)
Major in 10 horas
Red NUEVA, Spain

Livage-COST Action, Denmark
2013/03 - 2018/08/05
Concluded
PhD in Forest science (Doctor)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Spain
"Soil functioning in the ecotone between Scots pine and Pyrenean oak forests: effects of tree species on the soil carbon and nitrogen cycling" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2014/11/11 - 2014/12/16
Concluded
Carbon Footprint Calculation: Life Cycle Analysis and Bookfeel Tool (Outros)
Major in 60 horas
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación, Spain
2014/10/14 - 2014/11/11
Concluded
Introduction to the carbon footprint: calculation and management of greenhouse gas emissions (Outros)
Major in 60 horas
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
2014/06/16 - 2014/06/20
Concluded
Introduction to the analysis of ecological data in R (Outros)
Major in 33 horas
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre, Spain
2013/12/09 - 2013/12/13
Concluded
Introduction to experimental design and mixed linear models in R (Outros)
Major in 35 horas
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre, Spain
2013/07/24 - 2013/07/28
Concluded
Basic Computational Skills for Genomic Analysis (Outros)
Major in 34 horas
Centro Superior en Investigación de Salud Pública (CSISP), Spain
2013/07/08 - 2013/07/12
Concluded
Analysis of Microbial Communities by 16S rDNA pyrosequencing (Outros)
Major in 21 horas
Centro Superior en Investigación de Salud Pública (CSISP), Spain
2013/07/08 - 2013/07/12
Concluded
Microbial genomics and metagenomics workshop (Outros)
Major in 35 horas
Centro Superior en Investigación de Salud Pública (CSISP), Spain
2011/09/01 - 2012/09/01
Concluded
Master in Advanced Forest Research (Master Universitario)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Spain
"Factores que inciden en el stock de carbono en suelos de choperas productivas de Populus x euramericana (Dode) Guinier cv. I-214" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2011/11/11 - 2011/12/01
Concluded
Environmental restoration of degraded spaces and landscapes (Outros)
Major in 185 horas
Consejería de Educación y Empleo de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
2006/09/01 - 2011/07/22
Concluded
Agricultural Engineer (Bachelor)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica Alimentaria y de Biosistemas, Spain
"Efecto de los ácidos húmicos en la asimilación de metales pesados por Vetiveria zizanioides ( L.) Nash" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2010/10/18 - 2010/10/22
Concluded
Geographic Information Systems: ArcGIS (Outros)
Major in 30 horas
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Affiliation

Positions / Appointments

Category
Host institution
Employer
2019/04/11 - Current Postdoctoral Researcher Centro de Ecologia Funcional, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2019/01/01 - 2019/03/31 Postdoctoral researcher Technical University of Madrid, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, Spain
2014/01/01 - 2018/10/05 Pre-doctoral fellow Technical University of Madrid, Department of Systems and Natural Resources, Spain
2013/01/01 - 2016/08/31 Research assistant Technical University of Madrid, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, Spain
2010/09/01 - 2011/06/30 Pre-graduate research assistant Technical University of Madrid, School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering, Spain
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2021 - 2021/11 Global change effects on litter carbon and nitrogen dynamics during decomposition in Austrian Forests (LITAFOR)
eLTER PLUS project (871128)
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme
2015 - 2015/12/18 Tree species effect on litter decomposition and climate relevant gas emissions in a Mediterranean ecotone forest between Pinus sylvestris L. and Quercus pyrenaica Willd
ECOST-STSM-FP1206-210915-059241
Scientific Initiation Fellow
Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald Naturgefahren und Landschaft, Austria
European Commission
Concluded
2015 - 2015/04/05 Nitrogen gas emissions from contrasting soil environments (NTRAST 262060)
NTRAST 262060
Scientific Initiation Fellow
Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald Naturgefahren und Landschaft, Austria
European Commission
Concluded
2014 - 2014/10/03 Responses of soil microbial community composition and emissions of climate-relevant gases to global change-related events
ECOST-STSM-FP1206-080914-045076
Scientific Initiation Fellow
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - Institute of Soil Research, Austria
2010 - 2011 Recuperación de suelos contaminados con plantas autóctonas producidas en sustratos eco-compatibles y estudio de estos materiales en la biodisponibilidad y biodegradación de los contaminantes
CTM2009-13140-C02-01
Scientific Initiation Fellow
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica Alimentaria y de Biosistemas, Spain
Gobierno de España Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Concluded

Contract

Designation Funders
2019 - 2022/04/11 Unveiling the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions from drylands and their sensitivity to climate change
02/SAICT/2017 - UNDERCLIME
Post-doc
Universidade de Coimbra Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Portugal
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT
Ongoing
2019 - 2019/02 Boosting Urban Green Infrastructure through Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises
LIFE17 GIE/DE/466 BooGI BOP
European Commission
2013 - 2016 New approach on soil remediation by combination of biological and chemical oxidation
LIFE11 ENV/ES/505 – BIOXISOIL
Technical development
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Spain
European Commission
Concluded

Other

Designation Funders
2016 - 2019 Gestión forestal para la adaptación y mitigación: diversificación estructural y específica de pinares mediterráneos de repoblación
AGL2016-77863-R
PhD Student Fellow
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Spain
Gobierno de España Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Outputs

Publications

Conference abstract
  1. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Ortiz, Carlos; Díaz-Pinés, E.; Rubio, Agustín. "Broadleaved-coniferous Mediterranean ecotone forest: linking seasonal dynamics of soil metabolic activity with shifts in plant phenology and leaf functional traits". Paper presented in EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna, 2018.
    Published
  2. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Ortiz, Carlos; Kitzler, Barbara; Curiel Yuste, Jorge; Rubio, Agustín. "Tree specie effects on soil microbial community composition and greenhouse gases emissions in a Mediterranean ecotone forest". Paper presented in EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, 2016.
    Published
  3. Christiansen, Jesper; Elberling, Bo; Ribbons, Relena; Hedo, Javier; Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Krych, Lukasz; Sandris Niel, Dennis; Kitzler, Barbara. "N2O and N2 emissions from contrasting soil environments – interactive effects of soil nitrogen, hydrology and microbial communities". Paper presented in EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, 2016.
    Published
  4. Ortiz, Carlos; Díaz-Pinés, Eugenio; Benito, Marta; Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Rubio, Agustín. "Influence of Scots pine encroachment into alpine grassland in the quality and stability of soil organic matter aggregation". Paper presented in EGU General Assembly 2013, Vienna, 2013.
    Published
Conference paper
  1. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Ortiz, Carlos; Rubio, Agustín. "Contribución de la respiración autótrofa a las emisiones totales de CO2 del suelo en un bosque ecotonal Mediterráneo". Paper presented in 7º Congreso Forestal Español, Plasencia, 2017.
  2. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Ortiz, Carlos; Rubio, Agustín. "Factores que inciden en el stock de carbono en suelos de choperas productivas de Populus x euramericana (Dode) Guinier cv. I-214". Paper presented in 6º Congreso Forestal Español, Vitoria, 2013.
    Published
Conference poster
  1. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Kitzler, Barbara; Carlos, Ortiz; Curiel Yuste, Jorge; Rubio, Agustín. "Disponibilidad de nutrientes del suelo y respuesta microbiana en la descomposición de hojarasca en el ecotono Pino-Rebollo en la Sierra de Guadarrama". Paper presented in XXXI Reunión Nacional de Suelos, 2017.
  2. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Ortiz, Carlos; Rubio, Agustín. "Decoding soils CO2 efflux in forest ecosystems. A study case in Valsaín". Paper presented in IV Workshop REMEDIA, 2015.
  3. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Ortiz, Carlos; Gutiérrez Girón, Alba; Rubio, Agustín. "Efectos de la vegetación en el stock de carbono del suelo en el límite del árbol en la Sierra de Guadarrama". Paper presented in III Workshop REMEDIA, 2014.
  4. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Moliner, Ana; Pérez-Esteban, Javier. "Effects of soluble humic acids on the uptake of heavy metals by Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash in contaminated mining soils". Paper presented in 4th International Congress EUROSOIL, 2012.
Journal article
  1. Carlos Ortiz; María José Fernández-Alonso; Barbara Kitzler; Eugenio Díaz-Pinés; Gustavo Saiz; Agustín Rubio; Marta Benito; Fernández-Alonso, MJ. "Variations in soil aggregation, microbial community structure and soil organic matter cycling associated to long-term afforestation and woody encroachment in a Mediterranean alpine ecotone". Geoderma 405 (2022): 115450-115450. https://publons.com/publon/49402727/.
    10.1016/J.GEODERMA.2021.115450
  2. Fernández-Alonso, MJ. "Drivers of soil respiration in response to nitrogen addition in a Mediterranean mountain forest". Biogeochemistry (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10533-021-00827-2.
    10.1007/s10533-021-00827-2
  3. Fernández-Alonso, María José; Rodríguez, Alexandra; García-Velázquez, Laura; Dos Santos, Everaldo; de Almeida, Luciana; Lafuente, Angela; Wang, Jun-Tao; et al. "Integrative effects of increasing aridity and biotic cover on soil attributes and functioning in coastal dune ecosystems". Geoderma 390 (2021): 114952. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.114952.
    10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.114952
  4. García-Velázquez, Laura; Rodríguez, Alexandra; Gallardo, Antonio; Maestre, Fernando T.; Dos Santos, Everaldo; Lafuente, Angela; Fernández-Alonso, María José; et al. "Climate and soil micro-organisms drive soil phosphorus fractions in coastal dune systems". Functional Ecology 34 8 (2020): 1690-1701. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13606.
    10.1111/1365-2435.13606
  5. Fernández-Alonso, María José; Díaz-Pinés, Eugenio; Ortiz, Carlos; Rubio, Agustín. "Disentangling the effects of tree species and microclimate on heterotrophic and autotrophic soil respiration in a Mediterranean ecotone forest". Forest Ecology and Management 430 (2018): 533-544. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.08.046.
    Published • 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.08.046
  6. Fernández-Alonso, María José; Curiel Yuste, Jorge; Kitzler, Barbara; Ortiz, Carlos; Rubio, Agustín. "Changes in litter chemistry associated with global change-driven forest succession resulted in time-decoupled responses of soil carbon and nitrogen cycles". Soil Biology and Biochemistry 120 (2018): 200-211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.02.013.
    Published • 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.02.013
  7. Alonso, María; Ortiz, Carlos; Gómez Fernández, L.; Rubio Sánchez, A.. "Soil CO2 efflux as early response assessment for remediation of diesel polluted soils". Spanish Journal of Soil Science 6 1 (2016): 51-63. https://doi.org/10.3232/SJSS.2016.V6.N1.05.
    Published • 10.3232/SJSS.2016.V6.N1.05
Magazine article
  1. Fernández-Alonso, MJ. "Funcionamiento del suelo en el ecotono entre los bosques de pino silvestre y roble pirenaico: efectos de la especie arbórea en los ciclos subterráneos del carbono y el nitrógeno.", NEW-SECS, 2019, https://www.secs.com.es/news-secs/.
  2. Fernández-Alonso, MJ; Ortiz, Carlos; Contreras, Ángela; García-Amorena, Ignacio; Martinez, Felipe; Avilés, C.; Gómez Fernández, L.; Rubio, Agustín. "Relación entre emisión de CO2 del suelo y remediación de hidrocarburos en el proyecto Europeo BIOXISOIL", FuturENVIRO, 2015, https://futurenviro.es/tu-revista-digital/.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/06/18 Changes in soil attributes at Atlantic coastal dunes in the face of climate change Congresso Ibérico Solo e Desenvolvimento Sustentável: Desafios e Soluções
Universidade do Porto (on line, Portugal)
2021/06/18 Fluxos sazonais de gases de efeito de estufa e disponibilidade de nutrientes no solo ao longo de um gradiente de aridez Congresso Ibérico Solo e Desenvolvimento Sustentável: Desafios e Soluções
Universidade do Porto (on line, Portugal)
2020/12/14 Aridity and biotic cover drive soil attributes and functioning in coastal dune ecosystems British Ecological Society’s Annual Meeting
British Ecological Society (on line, United Kingdom)
2020/12/09 Unveiling the drivers of greenhouse gas fluxes from Portuguese drylands and their sensitivity to climate change XIX Encontro Nacional de Ecologia da SPECO
Sociedade Portuguesa de Ecologia (on line, Portugal)
2019/03/28 Efectos de la especie arbórea en la descomposición de hojarasca en el horizonte forestal de Pinus sylvestris y Quercus pyrenaica VII Workshop REMEDIA
Red Científica de Mitigación de Emisiones de Gases de Efecto Invernadero en el Sector Agroforestal (Lugo, Spain)
2019/02 Tree species shape the assembly of microbial decomposer communities during oak leaf and pine needle litter decomposition 1st Meeting of the Iberian Ecological Society & XIV AEET Meeting
Agencia Española de Ecología Terrestre (Barcelona, Spain)
2018/04/12 Mecanismos del suelo implicados en las emisiones de dióxido de carbono en respuesta a un enriquecimiento en nitrógeno de los sistemas forestales
Red Científica de Mitigación de Emisiones de Gases de Efecto Invernadero en el Sector Agroforestal (Granada, Spain)
2017/03 Papel de la respiración autótrofa en la respiración del suelo en el área ecotonal pinar de silvestre-melojar en la Sierra de Guadarrama V Workshop REMEDIA
Red Científica de Mitigación de Gases de Efecto Invernadero en el Sector Agroforestal (Caldes de Montbui, Spain)
2017/01 Effects of litter quality on soil microbial community composition and CO2 fluxes in a Mediterranean ecotone forest XIV MEDECOS & III AEET meeting
XIV MEDECOS & III AEET meeting (Seville, Spain)
2016/06 Influencia del sitio y de la hojarasca foliar del Pino silvestre y del Melojo en el proceso de descomposición y sus microorganismos asociados Congreso REMEDINAL
REMEDINAL (Madrid, Spain)
2016/02 Tree species effects on soil microbial community composition and greenhouse gases emissions in a Mediterranean ecotone forest I Simposio sobre interacciones Planta-Suelo
Agencia Española de Ecología Terrestre (Madrid, Spain)
2015/11 Carbon footprint as an indicator of environmental effectiveness: A case study of biological and chemical technologies for in situ soil remediation Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference
Elsevier (Sitges, Spain)
2015/06 Las emisiones de CO2 del suelo para evaluar la eficacia de la remediación de suelos contaminados en el BIOXISOIL VII Simposio Nacional sobre el control de la Degradación y restauración de Suelos
Sociedad Española de Ciencias del Suelo (Bilbao, Spain)

Supervision

Thesis Title
Role
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2020/09/01 - 2021/07/31 Soil functioning in drylands: effects of climate change on the availability of phosphorus
Supervisor
Projeto em Biologia Aplicada II
Centro de Ecologia Funcional, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2018/09 - 2019/09 Carbon footprint assessment of a plywood board. Case study in Spain.
Supervisor
Bachelor thesis Title: Huella de carbono parcial del tablero contrachapado de chopo. Caso de estudio en España. (Degree)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Spain
2017/09 - 2018/06 Litter decomposition processess in an pine-broadleaf ecotone forest
Supervisor
Bachelor Thesis Title: Procesos de descomposición de la hojarasca en un ecotono de Pinus sylvestris L. y Quercus Pyrenaica Willd. (Degree)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Spain

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2019/03/22 - Current Participation in the roundtable 'Mujeres inspirando vocaciones forestales' on the occasion of the Forest Week. https://www.upm.es/sfs/Rectorado/Gerencia/Igualdad/Documentos/fotos%20forestales.pdf
Conference
Mujeres inspirando vocaciones forestales
Technical University of Madrid, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, Spain
2019/03/20 - Current Chair in the 'VI Jornada de Jóvenes Investigadores', annual meeting organised by the Progama de doctorado en Investigación Forestal Avanzada at the Forest week. https://blogs.upm.es/doctoradoifa/2019/03/18/las-vi-jornadas-de-jovenes-investigadores-en-montes-upm-se-celebran-el-20-de-marzo/ VI Jornada de Jóvenes Investigadores
Technical University of Madrid, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, Spain
2018/03/21 - Current Participation in the exhibition ‘La mujer en la ciencia forestal’ on the occasion of the International day of Forest. Organized by the Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales. Vitoria-Gasteiz, March 21st.
Exhibition
La mujer en la ciencia forestal
Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales, Spain
2020/09/22 - 2020/09/23 Invited participation in the scientific workshop 'Taller para la discusión y propuesta de las estrategias de mitigación Red REMEDIA'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0f0NyWFQzg&t=1s
Congress
VIII Workshop REMEDIA
Red Científica de Mitigación de Emisiones de Gases de Efecto Invernadero en el sector Agroforestal, Spain
2019/09/27 - 2019/09/27 Noite Europeia dos Investigadores 2019 - Ciência na Cidade
Exhibition
Noite Europeia dos Investigadores - Ciência na Cidade
Jardim Botânico - Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2016/06/15 - 2016/06/16 Invited participation in the scientific wokshop 'Taller sobre Metodologías para la cuantificación de la huella de carbono - Huella de carbono como un indicador de la eficacia ambiental. Aplicación al proyecto Bioxisoil y a la descontaminación de suelos'.
Congress
SIMPOSIO LIFE 2016: Nuevas tendencias y retos en recuperación de suelos contaminados.
Technical University of Madrid, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, Spain

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2019 - 2020 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) "Cambio Climatico: Huella y Contrahuella de Carbono". 5 Ediciones. 6 weeks course. Web platform MiriadaX: https://miriadax.net/web/cambio-climatico-huella-y-contrahuella-de-carbono-4-edicion/inicio Módulos: 1. Cambio climático: del fenómeno natural al efecto antrópico 2. El indicador de sostenibilidad huella de carbono 3. Aspectos prácticos de la huella de carbono en la empresa 4. La contrahuella 5. Gestión de la huella de carbono Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
2018 - 2019 Forest ecology. Geobotany. Bachelor in Forestry Engineering Forest ecology. Geobotany. (Bachelor) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes, Spain
Distinctions

Award

2017 Award for the best scientific poster of the Agroforestry Session at the First Students Symposium
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain