Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez

Fellow in Ecology

I was born in Seville (Spain) in the 1980s, and I did my BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Cadiz (UCA). I carried out my MSc in Management of Natural Resources at Kingston University of London. After my MSc, I worked as an associate researcher at the Botanical Institute of Vienna, where I studied the biogeographic predictors of anagenetic speciation, and then at the University of Seville, exploring the effects of habitat fragmentation on the Mediterranean vegetation.

I obtained my PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity at the Department of Biology of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. There, I examined why and how plants decrease in size, an overlooked ecological phenomenon, and the ecological and evolutionary implications of plant shrinkage at the modular, whole-individual, and population levels. Then I was offered a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany, where I first became intrigued by questions related to senescence in plants and animals.

In 2013, I moved to Australia to work at the University of Queensland. I explored patterns of demographic viability in the plant and animal kingdoms, relationships between functional traits and demographic buffering strategies, and the effects of climate change in mallee eucalypts in the Simpson Desert. In 2014, I obtained a DECRA fellowship (Australian Research Council) to work as a independent researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions, while I  was also named research fellow of the MPIDR. My work during that time was mostly focused on using a combination of field, lab-based and computational techniques to further explore the causes of plant and animal population performance.

In 2016, I moved to the UK, where I first spent a year at the University of Sheffield as a NERC Independent Research Fellow. In May 2017, I moved my lab to the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, where a year later I started an Associate Professorship in Ecology, and a Tutorial Fellowship at Pembroke College