Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Mariana Garcia Criado

Research interests:

I am interested on biodiversity conservation, biogeography, climate change, macroecology, protected areas and the science/policy interface. Additionally, I am a certified Red List Trainer with extensive knowledge on the assessment of species’ extinction risk. I have a particular interest in large-scale macroecological research and questions, and enjoy working on quantitative data syntheses.

Career history:

PhD Student, The University of Edinburgh. 2017 – present.
Junior Biodiversity Conservation Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 2016 – 2017.
Biodiversity Conservation Assistant, IUCN. 2014 – 2015.
MSc Biodiversity Conservation, Bournemouth University. 2013 – 2015.
Biodiversity Conservation Intern, IUCN. 2014.
Conservation Technician, Royal Botanical Gardens, Madrid. Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). 2013.
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science. University of Extremadura. 2008 – 2013.
Research Fellow, University of Extremadura. 2012 – 2013.
Intern, Servitec Medioambiente Environmental Consultancy. 2012.
BSc Environmental Management, University of Central Lancashire. Erasmus year 2011 – 2012.

Active research projects:

My PhD thesis is titled "Quantifying distribution shifts of plant species under climate change”. My project is focused on plant biogeography and climate change, with a particular focus on the tundra biome.

Recent publications:

García Criado, M., Myers-Smith, I.H., Bjorkman, A.D., Lehmann, C.E.R. and Stevens, N. (2019). Woody encroachment intensifies under climate change across biomes. Submitted for publication.

Hodgetts, N., et al. García Criado, M. (2019). A miniature world in decline: European Red List of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts. Brussels, Belgium: IUCN. In press.

Bjorkman, A.D., García Criado, M., Myers-Smith, I.H. et al. (2019). Status and trends in Arctic vegetation: Evidence from experimental warming and long-term monitoring. Ambio.

IPBES (2018). The IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany. Contributing Author to “Chapter 3: Status, trends and future dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystems underpinning nature’s contributions to people” and “Chapter 4: Direct and indirect drivers of change in biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people”.

García Criado, M., Väre, H., Nieto, A., Bento Elias, R., Dyer, R., Ivanenko, Y., Ivanova, D., Lansdown, R., Molina, J.A., Rouhan, G., Rumsey, F., Troia, A., Vrba, J. and Christenhusz, M.J.M. 2017. European Red List of Lycopods and Ferns. Brussels, Belgium: IUCN. iv + 59pp.

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