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Marta López Darias

Investigador Postdoctoral
Life and Earth Sciences
Island Ecology and Evolution

Marta López Darias is a biologist with a broad interest in conservation biology. Particularly committed to the study of exotic invasive species in island ecosystems, she is currently undertaking research on this subject with a special emphasis on strengthening the role of science in management decisions. Thus, most of her ongoing research is linked to improving the management of the natural environment. At present, she is conducting her research in areas as diverse as the invasion of the California kingsnake in Gran Canaria, the development of new techniques to improve the battle against invasive plant species, or the quantification of the impact of invasive plants and mammals on the endemic lizards of the Canary Islands. Given the social impact of the research carried out, her interest in the social perception of science and the management of invasive alien species has also increased.

Research Interests

Conservation biology, island ecosystems, invasive alien species, science and society.

  • Degree in Biology (Specialization in Zoology and Molecular Biology), Universidad de La Laguna (1995-2000)
  • Diploma in Advanced Studies. Universidad de La Laguna (2003-2005)
  • PhD in Biology. Universidad de La Laguna (2003-2008)
Professional Experience
  • Researcher IPNA-CSIC (2017-present). Research contract financed by the Transfer Plan of the Cabildo de Tenerife, under the "Tenerife 2030" brand (Tenerife INNOVA Programme 2016-2021).
  • Secondary School Teacher (2016-2017)
  • Researcher University of La Laguna (2015-2016)
  • Post-doctoral contract JAE-Doc, IMEDEA and IPNA-CSIC (2011-2014)
  • Researcher Marie Curie IOF, University of California Davis, Harvard University and IPNA-CSIC (2008-2014)
  • Pre-doctoral researcher FPU, EBD-CSIC, University of La Laguna (2003-2007)
  • Coordinator and representative of the CSIC in the Outreach and Education Commission of the Canary Islands Climate Change Observatory
  • Member and representative of the CSIC in the Commission of the Terrestrial Environment of the Canarian Observatory of Climate Change
  • Member of the IUCN Alien Species Specialist Group
  • Scientific advisor to the Canary Islands Government's Early Warning Network on Invasive Exotic Species