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Jorge Curiel Yuste

Desierto del Tatacoa

I am currently working as a researcher in the "Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales" (MNCN, CSIC) from Madrid (Spain) thanks to a "Ramon y Cajal" (“Understanding the mechanistic behind soil carbon fluxes and stocks in Mediterranean ecosystems, BLACKBOXREVELATION”) five years contract granted in 2012. Here, my research focuses on the “microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems” being the leader of this research-line.

 

I just got my first National Funding project as a PI (“Vulnerability to Climate Change of Holm-oak forest: mechanisms and influence of management on ecosystem services, VERONICA”).

 

Since arrival in the MNCN I have established several formal collaborations and produced publications with different research groups within the MNCN. I am formally ascribed to the Department of Biogeography and Global Change, where I actively collaborate with the group of Prof. Dr. Fernando Valladares (Group of Mediterranean Ecology) especially in studies related to the role of the soil microbial communities in climate change-induced Mediterranean forests die-back. As a result of these collaborations, I currently co-direct with F. Valladares a PhD candidate (Thesis preliminary title: “Effect of habitat fragmentation and drought on soil microbial ecology and plant-soil relations in Mediterranean Holm-oak forest"; PhD candidate: Dulce Yaahid Flores Rentería, see below).

 

In the MNCN I am also formally collaborating with several other researchers: Dr. Asunción de los Ríos Murillo (Department of Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology) with whom I co-direct a master thesis ("Resilience to environmental perturbations of microbial communities in different successional stages of soils from a receding glacier"; student: Daniel García Angulo) and Dr. Salvador Sanchez Carrillo (Department of Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology) with whom I am currently asking for a research project (SINERGHUM, Spanish National Park funding) to study the synergy between environmental services, compatible land uses and the conservation of wetlands within the Spanish network of National Parks.

 

EDUCATION:

Master degree in Biology, Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).

1999. Post-graduate course in Plant-ecology, University of Lund (Sweden).

1999. Research Thesis in the Plant Ecology Department of University of Lund (Sweeden). Promotor: Prof. Torleif Bramryd.

2004. PhD in Sciences from the University of Antwerp (UA, Belgium), Department of Biology; Thesis title: "The importance of soil respiration in the carbon cycle of two contrasting forests types". Promotor: Prof. Dr. Reinhart Ceulemans, co-promotor: Prof. Dr. Ivan A. Janssens.

 

RESEARCH POSITIONS:

(2012-2016). Ramón y Cajal contract in Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC (Madrid, Spain).

(2009-2011). Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Animal and Vegetation Biology and Ecology (BAVE), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, Spain). Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Francisco Lloret Maya.

(2007-2009). Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, Unit of Ecophysiology in CSIC-CREAF (Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Application; Barcelona, Spain). Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas.

(2004-2007). Postdoctoral research fellowship (Kearney foundation) in UC Berkeley (USA), Environmental Science Policy and Management Department (ESPM). Supervisor: Prof Dennis Baldocchi (Biometlab).

 

SCIENTIFIC PROFILE

All my research during the past years have been devoted to study the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, using a very multidisciplinary approach, covering all spatio-temporal scales (from the micro to the global), approaches (experimental, synthesis and modeling) and disciplines (biogeochemistry, forest ecology, microbial ecology, DNA sequencing).

 

I have more than 40 publications (33 in peer-reviewed journals) in the best journals of my research fieldseveral of which being highly cited (four articles with hundred of citations, two of them as first author), yielding a total of 1200 citations according to ISI Web of Knowledge (see figure below) (1800 according to Google scholar). I have published my research as lead author in journals from many different disciplines Ecology: Global Change Biology (6,91 impact factor); Forestry: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (the leading journal in forestry, 3,421 impact factor), Tree Physiology (3.131 impact factor), Forest Ecology and Management (2.191 impact factor); Soil sciences: Soil Biology and Biochemistry (the leading journal in soil science, 3,68 impact factor), Biogeochemistry (3,53 impact factor) or Plant and Soil (2.638 impact factor); and Microbial ecology: FEMS Microbiology Ecology (3,56 impact factor). In total, I appear in 11 publications as leading author, in 5 publications as second author and in 4 publications as last author and hence as PI of the research study, while in the rest of my publications I appear as regular coauthor.

 

Ten highlighted recent peer-reviewed journal publications without my PhD supervisor as co-author  (all available at http://scholar.google.es/citations):

1. Curiel Yuste J., Misson L., Wong S., Goldstein A., Baldocchi D. Microbial soil respiration and its dependency on carbon inputs, soil temperature and moisture. Global Change Biology, 13(9) 2018 – 2035. (138 citations)

2. Bahn M. , Reichstein M., Davidson E. A. , Grünzweig J. , Jung M., Carbone M. S. , Epron D., Misson L. , Nouvellon Y., Roupsard O., Savage K. , Trumbore S. E. , Gimeno C., Curiel Yuste J., Tang J., Vargas R. , Janssens I. A. (2010) Soil respiration at mean annual temperature predicts annual total across vegetation types and biomes. Biogeosciences, 6, 11501-11520 (35 citations)

3. Curiel Yuste J, Ma S., Baldocchi DD. (2010) Plant-soil interactions and acclimation to temperature of microbial-mediated soil respiration may affect predictions of soil CO2 efflux. Biogeochemistry, 98(1-3): 127-138 (25 citations)

4. Rodrigo Vargas, Dennis D. Baldocchi, Michael F. Allen, Michael Bahn, Andrew Black, Scott Collins, Jorge Curiel Yuste, Takashi Hirano, Rachhpal S. Jassal, Jukka Pumpanen, Jimwu Tang. (2010) Looking deeper into the soil: environmental controls and seasonal lags of soil CO2 production and efflux across four vegetation types. Ecological Applications, 20 (6): 1569-1582  (42 citations)

5. Curiel Yuste J, Peñuelas J, Estiarte M, Garcia-Mas J, Mattana S, Ogaya R, Pujol M and   Sardans J. (2011) Drought-resistant fungi control soil organic matter decomposition and its response to temperature. Global Change Biology, 17(3): 1475-1486 (45 citations)

6. Moyano, F.E., Vasilyeva, N., Bouckaert, L., Cook, F., Craine, J., Curiel Yuste, J., Don, A., Epron, D., Formanek, P., Franzluebbers, A., Ilstedt, U., KÃtterer, T., Orchard, V., Reichstein, M., Rey, A., Ruamps, L., Subke, J.A., Thomsen, I.K., Chenu, C., (2012) The moisture response of soil heterotrophic respiration: interaction with soil properties. Biogeosciences, 9, 1173-1182. (28 citations)

7. Curiel Yuste, J., Barba, J., Fernandez-Gonzalez, A.J., Fernandez-Lopez, M., Mattana, S., Martinez-Vilalta, J., Nolis, P., Lloret, F., (2012) Changes in soil bacterial community triggered by drought-induced gap succession preceded changes in soil C stocks and quality. Ecology and Evolution, 2, 3016-3031(5 citations)

8. Curiel Yuste J, Fernandez-Gonzalez A.J., Fernandez-Lopez M., Ogaya, R, Peñuelas J, Sardans J., Lloret F. (2014) Strong functional stability of soil microbial communities adapted to semiarid Mediterranean conditions and subjected to long-term shifts in baseline precipitation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 69, 223-233

9. Barba, J., Curiel Yuste, J., Marti­nez-Vilalta, J., Lloret, F., (2013) Drought-induced tree species replacement is reflected in the spatial variability of soil respiration in a mixed Mediterranean forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 306, 79-87. (I am PhD director of leading author)

10. Flores DY, Curiel Yuste J, Rincon A., Brearley F., Valladares F. (2014) Habitat fragmentation effects in soil microbial communities in a Mediterranean global change scenario. Microbial Ecology (in press) (I am PhD director of leading author)

 

MAJOR COLLABORATIONS:

I would like to emphasize the solid and multidisciplinary network of domestic and international research groups with whom I actively maintain research collaborations. This ample and solid network is based and has been crystallized on the great mobility that I have had and still have during my scientific career (see above). The results of all these various collaborations are well reflected in the number and nature of all the projects (and corresponding publications) in which I am directly involved or where I am the PI (see below). Briefly, at this stage of my career, my most representative collaborations can be divided into:

 

  • 1. Domestic collaborations: Apart from the collaborations in my current institute (MNCN, CSIC, see above) I maintain close collaborations with CREAF (Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Application, Barcelona, Spain), research groups of Prof. Dr. Francisco Lloret Maya and Prof. Dr. Jordi Martínez-Vilalta, being involved in studies regarding the impact of forest decline on soil biogeochemistry and soil ecology (I co-direct with Prof. Dr. F. Lloret the doctoral thesis of the candidate Josep Barba). Together with Prof. Dr. Andrew Kowalski (University of Granada, Spain), Prof. Dr. Cecilio Oyonarte (University of Almeria, Spain) and Prof. Dr. Francisco Domingo (Estación de Zonas Áridas, EZA, CSIC, Spain) I am also engaged in the understanding of the carbon dynamics in semi-arid southern ecosystems from Spain and in the development of inexpensive methods for the monitoring of soil CO2 effluxes. I am collaborating with them in the framework of two different projects (see below) and I am planning to install one of the field climatic simulations (FATI) of the MICROGEOCLIM project at one of their study sites.
  • 2. European collaborations: I actively participate in the management committees of the already closed COST SIBAE (“Stable Isotopes in Biospheric-Atmospheric-Earth System Research”) and the new COST BIOLINK (“Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests”; see below) actions. In parallel, I largely collaborate with leading European groups in the study of biogeochemical cycles and climate change, especially with the PLECO group (University of Antwerp, Belgium), which will be closely involved in MICROGEOCLIM (Prof. Dr. Ivan Nijs, expert on the effects of extreme climatic events over vegetation and ecosystem functioning using the FATI system). At the same time, I collaborate in the framework of a project proposal that gathers several European research groups. This project proposal focuses on the study of the functional diversityand vulnerability to climate of European forests (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of foresT, BEST; see below).
  • 3. Collaborations in Latin America (Brazil and Colombia). At the moment I am PI of a project recently granted by "Banco Santander" (“Study of the vulnerability to global change of carbon stocks of Paramos of Colombia”) (here you can see my blog http://viajesdeinvestigacion.wordpress.com/category/colombia/)

 

I am also collaborating as an expert researcher in a project funded by the "Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico" (CNPq) from Brazil.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS TO INTERNATIONAL ESTABLISHED CONFERENCES:

 

  • - Invited speaker at the Mycological Society of America (MSA) annual meeting; “Fungi and soil organic matter decomposition in the Mediterranean basin: which will be the role of Fungi in a drier and warmer world?”; University of Fairbanks (Alaska, USA), 1-6 August 2011.
  • - Invited speaker at the "IV Congreso Nacional de Botánica Colombiano"; “The role of microbial communities in soil CO2 emissions in Mediterranean ecosystems”; Universidad del Tolima, Ibague, Colombia), 7-9 August 2013.

 

 

PARTICIPATION IN CONGRESSES, ORAL PRESENTATIONS, AND SHORT STAYS IN INTERNATIONAL LABS:

I have more than 20 oral presentations in conferences and congresses organized by international scientific associations (e.g. American Geophysical Union, European Geophysical Union, European Ecological Federation among others). I also enjoyed numerous stays at internationally recognized institutions, from which I am mentioning the latest ones only: a two-months stay at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (Dundee, UK) in 2007 funded by the COST Action SIBAE (stable isotopes SIBAE - Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange); a one-month guest stay in the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 2009; a one-month guest stay at the Department of Ecology at the University of Viçosa (Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2012); and a one-month stay at the Institute of Natural Resources Research Alexander von Humbodlt (Bogotá, Colombia, 2013).

 

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE AND MASTER THESIS STUDENTS:

I am currently co-directing two PhD theses (to be finished in 2014): 1. "Effect of habitat fragmentation and drought on soil microbial ecology and plant-soil relations in Mediterranean Holm-oak forest", PhD candidate: Dulce Yaahid Flores Rentería (Autonomous University of Madrid, MNCN, CSIC, Spain); 2. "Carbon Balance of mixed mountain forests affected by droughts and secondary succession", PhD candidate: Josep Barba i Ferrer (Autonomous University of Barcelona, CREAF, Spain).

Furthermore, I supervise/-ed 3 master thesis (2 finished and 1 ongoing): “Spatial variability of soil respiration at stand scale in a mixed and heterogeneous Mediterranean forest of Sierra de Prades (NE Iberian Peninsula)”, student:  Josep Barba i Ferrer (2010), Master of Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain); "Respiration of fine roots in a mixed Mediterranean forest affected by drought-induced die-back", student: Eva Pereira (2014), Master of Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain); "Resilience to environmental perturbations of microbial communities in different successional stages of soils from a receding glacier", student: Daniel García Angulo (ongoing), Master of Microbiology (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain).

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES:

I worked during three academic years (2008/2009, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011) as a Senior Lecturer in the Master of Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain). I further collaborated as a teacher in the course of "Bio-meteorology" organized by Prof. Dr. Alexander Knohl at the University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2006).

As a researcher and lecturer, I supervise/-ed several undergrad research dissertations of students from or associated to different Spanish/European universities: (2008) Evan Marks (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain); (2013) Ioanna Bourdoris (AgroParisTech, France); (2014) Aidee Dos Santos Heras (University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain); (2014) Juan Manuel Cintas Rodríguez (University of Almería, Spain); (2014) Alicia de Gracia (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain).

 

FELLOWSHIPS  AND AWARDS:

Throughout my scholar and scientific career I have been awarded with several undergrad grants and postdoctoral fellowships. As an undergrad student I have been the recipient of an Erasmus scholarship (Ecology Department, University of Lund, Sweden, year 1999) and of an introduction to research scholarship granted by the Flemish Ministry of Education (University of Antwerp, Belgium, year 2000).

Among the postdoctoral fellowships, I have been awarded with:

(2004) Marie Curie intra-European fellowship - IEF (Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli, Italy) - not used, as in parallel I received a postdoctoral research position (UC Berkeley, USA) and I chose the second one;

(2007-2009) Marie Curie intra-European fellowship - IEF (CREAF, Barcelona, Spain), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas CSIC-CREAF (Barcelona, Spain);

(2007) "Juan de la Cierva" postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish ministry of science (MINCINN) - not used as in parallel I received the Marie Curie-IEF

(2009) Postodoctoral fellowship "Junta para la Ampliación de Empleo (JAE)" (Estación de Zonas Áridas, EZA, CSIC, Spain) - not used as in parallel I received a fellowship from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

(2009-2011) Postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Animal and Vegetation Biology and Ecology (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)

(2012-2016) Ramón y Cajal fellow/contract in the National Museum of Natural History (MNCN, CSIC, Spain)

 

 

OTHERS:

Broad international work experience and has been involved in several international (European and American) projects and networks on topics related to its scientists interests, such as CARBOEUROFLUX (http://www.bgc-jena.mpg.de/public/carboeur/projects/cef.html), IP CARBOEUROPE (http://www.carboeurope.org/), AMERIFLUX (http://ameriflux.ornl.gov/), or FLUXNET (http://fluxnet.ornl.gov/). I am also regular reviewer in several highly ranked publications (Global Change Biology, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Biogeosciences, Global Biogeochemical Cycles among others).

 

 

Some highlighted publications

 

Curiel Yuste J, Fernandez-Gonzalez A.J., Fernandez-Lopez M., Ogaya, R, Peñuelas J, Sardans J., Lloret F. (2014) Strong functional stability of soil microbial communities adapted to semiarid Mediterranean conditions and subjected to long-term shifts in baseline precipitation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 69, 223-233

 

Curiel Yuste J, Fernandez-Gonzalez AJ, Fernandez-Lopez M, Ogaya R, Penuelas J, et al. (2014) Functional diversification within bacterial lineages promotes wide functional overlapping between taxonomic groups in a Mediterranean forest soil. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 90: 54-67.

 

E. Doblas-Miranda, J. Martínez-Vilalta, F. Lloret, A. Álvarez, A. Ávila, F. J. Bonet, L. Brotons, J. Castro, J. Curiel Yuste, M. Díaz, P. Ferrandis, E. García-Hurtado, J. M. Iriondo, T. F. Keenan, J. Latron, J. Llusià, L. Loepfe, M. Mayol, G. Moré, D. Moya, J. Peñuelas, X. Pons, R. Poyatos, J. Sardans, O. Sus, V. R. Vallejo, J. Vayreda, and J. Retana, 'Reassessing Global Change Research Priorities in Mediterranean Terrestrial Ecosystems: How Far Have We Come and Where Do We Go from Here?', Global Ecology and Biogeography (2014), n/a-n/a.

 

Barba, J., Curiel Yuste, J., Marti­nez-Vilalta, J., Lloret, F., (2013) Drought-induced tree species replacement is reflected in the spatial variability of soil respiration in a mixed Mediterranean forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 306, 79-87.

 

Ma S, Baldocchi DD, Hatala JA, Detto M, Curiel Yuste J (2012) Are rain-induced ecosystem respiration pulses enhanced by legacies of antecedent photodegradation in semi-arid environments? Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 154-155: 203-213.

 

Moyano, F.E., Vasilyeva, N., Bouckaert, L., Cook, F., Craine, J., Curiel Yuste, J., Don, A., Epron, D., Formanek, P., Franzluebbers, A., Ilstedt, U., KÃtterer, T., Orchard, V., Reichstein, M., Rey, A., Ruamps, L., Subke, J.A., Thomsen, I.K., Chenu, C., (2012) The moisture response of soil heterotrophic respiration: interaction with soil properties. Biogeosciences, 9, 1173-1182.

 

Curiel Yuste, J., Barba, J., Fernandez-Gonzalez, A.J., Fernandez-Lopez, M., Mattana, S., Martinez-Vilalta, J., Nolis, P., Lloret, F., (2012) Changes in soil bacterial community triggered by drought-induced gap succession preceded changes in soil C stocks and quality. Ecology and Evolution, 2, 3016-3031(5 citations)

 

Curiel Yuste J, Peñuelas J, Estiarte M, Garcia-Mas J, Mattana S, Ogaya R, Pujol M and Sardans J. (2011) Drought-resistant fungi control soil organic matter decomposition and its response to temperature. Global Change Biology, 17(3): 1475-1486

 

Bahn M. , Reichstein M., Davidson E. A. , Grünzweig J. , Jung M., Carbone M. S. , Epron D., Misson L. , Nouvellon Y., Roupsard O., Savage K. , Trumbore S. E. , Gimeno C., Curiel Yuste J., Tang J., Vargas R. , Janssens I. A. (2010) Soil respiration at mean annual temperature predicts annual total across vegetation types and biomes. Biogeosciences, 6, 11501-11520

 

Curiel Yuste J, Ma S., Baldocchi DD. (2010) Plant-soil interactions and acclimation to temperature of microbial-mediated soil respiration may affect predictions of soil CO2 efflux. Biogeochemistry, 98(1-3): 127-138

 

Rodrigo Vargas, Dennis D. Baldocchi, Michael F. Allen, Michael Bahn, Andrew Black, Scott Collins, Jorge Curiel Yuste, Takashi Hirano, Rachhpal S. Jassal, Jukka Pumpanen, Jimwu Tang. (2010) Looking deeper into the soil: environmental controls and seasonal lags of soil CO2 production and efflux across four vegetation types. Ecological Applications, 20 (6): 1569-1582

 

Curiel Yuste J., Misson L., Wong S., Goldstein A., Baldocchi D. Microbial soil respiration and its dependency on carbon inputs, soil temperature and moisture. Global Change Biology, 13(9) 2018 - 2035.

 

Sampson DA, Janssens IA, Curiel Yuste J, Ceulemans R (2007) Basal rates of soil respiration are correlated with photosynthesis in a mixed temperate forest. Global Change Biology 13: 2008-2017.

 

Curiel yuste J, Janssens IA, Carrara A, Ceulemans R (2004) Annual Q10 of soil respiration reflects plant phenological patterns as well as temperature sensitivity. Global Change Biology 10: 161-169.

 

Pumpanen J, Kolari P, Ilvesniemi H, Minkkinen K, Vesala T, Curiel Yuste J. et al. (2004) Comparison of different chamber techniques for measuring soil CO2 efflux. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 123: 159-176.

 

Curiel Yuste J, Janssens IA, Carrara A, Meiresonne L, Ceulemans R (2003) Interactive effects of temperature and precipitation on soil respiration in a temperate maritime pine forest. Tree Physiology 23: 1263-1270.

 

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