María Jacoba Salinas Bonillo

Secretary of CAESCG and head of the Biodiversity and Global Change team - Ecozonar (Ecology of Arid Zones).

María Jacoba Salinas Bonillo

I studied at the University of Granada. I have a degree and a PhD in Biological Sciences. I have been a full professor at the University of Granada, where I have done research on the biosystematics, conservation status and reproductive biology of endemic plant groups of the Mediterranean basin and on the ecological integrity of riparian ecosystems. I have also taught Botany, Mycology and Geobotany for Biologists. Since 2004 I am a full professor at the University of Almeria. I teach Flora, Vegetation and Global Change in the Degree in Environmental Sciences and Global Change and Impact Mitigation and Adaptive Management of Biodiversity in the Master in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services.


My research revolves around biodiversity conservation, from the species to the ecosystem level. I have participated and continue to participate in projects aimed at the analysis of the conservation status of endemic species, the integrity of ecosystems, especially riparian and semi-arid, and the detection and assessment of the impacts of invasive species in semi-arid environments. Lately my interests are directed towards the study of 1) the functional and physiological responses of phreatophytes in arid environments, to predict their behavior in the face of global change and 2) the relationships of the trophic nexus riparian vegetation-river community in headwater rivers. Another line that interests me is the development of protocols to improve the exchange of knowledge between natural environment managers and conservation scientists.

RESEARCH GROUP: Ecozonar (Ecology of Arid Zones) (RNM-174)


  • Integrity of riparian and groundwater-dependent ecosystems
  • Biological invasions in arid zones
  • Sustainability science and science-management interface


  • Network of Global Change Observatories of Andalusia.
  • LTSER - Long Term Socio-economic and Ecosystem Research.
  • Forum of the invasive alga Rugulopterix okamurae.



The potential of groundwater-dependent ecosystems to enhance soil biological activity and soil fertility in drylands Climate‐induced plasticity in leaf traits of riparian plants A data-driven methodological routine to identify key indicators
for social-ecological system archetype mapping
Squandering water in drylands: The water use strategy of the phreatophyte Ziziphus lotus in a groundwater dependent ecosystem Modular growth and functional heterophylly of the phreatophyte Ziziphus lotus: A trait-based study. A multiple-trait analysis of ecohydrological acclimatisation in a dryland phreatophytic shrub Key plant species and detritivores drive diversity effects on instream leaf litter decomposition more than functional diversity: A microcosm study Strategies of shredders when feeding on low‐quality leaf‐litter: Local population adaptations or fixed species traits? Spatiotemporal variations in groundwater and evaporative demand drive ecophysiological functioning of a phreatophyte in drylands Impulsando estrategias colectivas ciencia-gestión-sociedad para conservar el hábitat de Ziziphus lotus (Hábitat Prioritario 5220) MONOGRÁFICO: Interfaz ciencia-gestión-sociedad en el ámbito de la conservación: avances conceptuales y metodológicos Morphological and ultrastructural diversity and character evolution of the pollen in the tribe Chelidonieae (Papaveraceae) Climate-driven changes of riparian plant functional types in permanent headwater streams. Implications for stream food webs Comparative exine development from the post-tetrad stage in the early-divergent lineages of Ranunculales: the genera Euptelea and Pteridophyllum Pollen morphology and post-tetrad wall development in the subfamily Fumarioideae (Papaveraceae) Evolutionary history of fumitories (subfamily Fumarioideae, Papaveraceae): An old story shaped by the main geological and climatic events in the Northern Hemisphere. Multilamellar bodies linked to two active plasmalemma regions in the pollen grains of Sarcocapnos pulcherrima Phylogeny of the tribe Fumarieae (Papaveraceae s.l.) based on chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequences: Evolutionary and biogeographic implications Leaf-litter decomposition in headwater streams: a comparison of the process among four climatic regions Nueva población de Coronopus navasii Pau (Brassicaceae) en la Sierra de Gádor (Sur de España)
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