Carola Gómez-Rodríguez

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

I am a macroecologist at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

I am mostly interested in how dispersal limitation shapes large-scale biodiversity patterns both at genetic and species levels. Long-term (or historical) dispersal limitation is a critical player in global change scenarios because a large fraction of less-known diversity, mostly invertebrates, seems to be far from equilibrium with climate. It is thus uncertain how it will respond to current climate warning and whether some biological groups may be able to track their optimal habitat and climatic conditions. In this context, the extent to which different species and genetic lineages have expanded their geographic ranges since the last glaciation offers the closest analogue we may have to understand how biodiversity will respond to future habitat and climatic changes in the Anthropocene.

I use ecological and evolutionary approaches, mostly at the assemblage level, and I am also particularly excited about the development of new methods for the inventory, characterization and projection of biodiversity patterns.

In my daily life, I am trying to juggle two highly demanding jobs: Maternity and Science. That is why I co-founded the initiative @madresBDV, also known as “Mums in Biodiversity Science”. @madresBDV is a group of Spanish researchers in the broad field of “Biodiversity” who aim to increase awareness of gender imbalance in the Spanish Research System. We are mostly concerned about the lack of measures to reconcile academic success with family. Here you can find more information about us.

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