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Noelia González Muñoz

Noelia González Muñoz

session, year:
2014 2nd

Former fellow

Receiving laboratory:
BIOGECO Biodiversity, Genes and Communities, Bordeauxx Aquitaine

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Mobility project

Assessing the main drivers of conifer climate induced mortality at global, regional and plant scales

The CONIFMORT project is devoted to assess the main drivers of climate induced tree mortality from global to plant scales and combining spatial modelling and experimental approaches. The specific aims of the project are: 1) To assess the main climatic factors driving last decades of climate induced conifer mortality at a global scale and to obtain a representative map of conifer mortality as a response to changing climate; 2) To determine the environmental, biological and management drivers shaping the last decade mortality of nine species of conifers at the rear edge of their distribution in Western Europe; and 3) To experimentally identify the main ecophysiological drivers of drought induced mortality in conifer seedlings.

Biography & research interests

I am a Biologist with a MS in Biology Conservation from Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). In 2012, I obtained my PhD degree in Ecology also from this University. I have made stays abroad at the Universities of California (Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, USA), Wageningen (The Netherlands), Paris- Sud and Bordeaux (France).

I have always been interested in plant ecology, plant physiology, plant invasions and especially in plant responses to stressful conditions as water shortage and drought.

During my PhD, I performed experimental and field work studies on co-occurring tree species in the Iberian Peninsula (eleven species, among them Pinuspinaster, Quercusrobur, Ulmus minor, Acer negundo…). These studies had two main aims: to determine the environmental conditions favouring their establishment success, and to evaluate differences among tree species in their effects on the nitrogen cycle and seed bank composition.

During my first years as postdoctoral researcher, I oriented my research line into the evaluation of the impacts of climate change on tree species, specifically on tree secondary growth, tree water economies and on species distributions. I am currently working on modelling the responses of trees to climate change, combining ecological modelling with experimental studies.

Selected publications

N. González Muñoz, F. Sterck, J.M. Torres-Ruiz, et al., 2018. Quantifying in situ phenotypic variability in the hydraulic traits of four tree species across their distribution range in Europe. Plos One. Accepted for publication.

M. Benito Garzón, N. González Muñoz, J.-P. Wigneron, C. Moisy, J. Fernández-Manjarrón, S. Delzon, G. Jordan. 2017. The legacy of water deficit on populations having experienced negative hydraulic safety margin. Global Ecology an Biogeography 1(11). Doi: 1111/geb.12701.

J. M. Olano, N. González Muñoz, A. Arzac, V. Rozas, G. von Arx, S. Delzon, I. García-Cervigón. 2017. Sex determines xylem anatomy in a dioecious conifer: hydraulic consequences in a drier world. Tree Physiology 37, 11, 1493-1502. Doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpx066.

N. González Muñoz, C. Bellard, C. Leclerc, J.-Y. Meyer, F. Courchamp. 2015. Assessing current and future risks of invasion by the “Green cancer” Miconia calvescens. Biological Invasions 17(11), 3337-33350.

N. González Muñoz, J. C. Linares Calderón, P. Castro Díez, U. Sass-Klaassen., 2014. Predicting climate change impacts on native and invasive tree species using radial growth and 21st century climate scenarios. European Journal of Forest Research 133(6): 1073-1086.

Awards & patents

2009 Best Student of the Year. Consejo de Estudiantes. Universidad de Alcalá, Spain.

Talks in annual meetings


Conifers, tree mortality, climate change, national forest inventories, hydraulic failure, competition, non-structural carbohydrates, drought, carbon starvation