DR Cristina Aponte

DR Cristina Aponte


  • Biogeochemistry (Nutrient cycling, nutrient stoichiometry, litter decomposition and nutrient release)
  • Forest ecology (Plant and soil interactions, functional traits, feedback processes)
  • Soil ecology (Soil microbial biomass, mycorrhizal fungal communities, molecular techniques)
  • Soil seed bank ecology (Characterization and distribution of seedbank species)



  • I did my Bachelor degree in Madrid, where I studied Environmental Sciences. Later I got a scholarship to conduct a two year master in Environmental Management in Greece. During the second year of the master I participated in a European project on the conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds and in that context I wrote my master thesis " Characteristics of the soil seed bank in Mediterranean temporary ponds and its role in ecosystem dynamics". After I finished my Masters, I was granted a scholarship by the Spanish Government to do a PhD at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville. In November 2010 I obtained my PhD in Ecology with a thesis entitled "Plant-soil interactions in a Mediterranean forest" In January 2011 I came to Australia and I was hosted as a Visiting fellow at the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science (U. of Melbourne) for few months. From September 2011 to August 2012 I have been working as a postdoctoral research fellow for the University of Sydney (Faculty of Agriculture and Environment ) and the University of Melbourne (DFES-MSLE). Recently I've been granted a Spanish Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue working on forest ecology at the University of Melbourne.   


Member of

  • Dynamics and Conservation of Forest Ecosystems (DICOFOR). Member 2011 -
  • Spanish Association of Terrestrial Ecology (AEET). Member 2007 -
  • Spanish Society of Forest Sciences (SECF). Member 2007 -
  • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation of Mediterranean Plants Research Group (EVOCA). Member 2006 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sevilla 2010
  • MSc, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania 2007
  • BSc, Autonomous University of Madrid 2003

Awards and honors

  • Endeavour Research Award, Australian Government, DEEWR, 2011
  • Extraordinary Doctorate Award in Science 2010, The University of Seville, 2011
  • Travel Award - 3 months international internship - New Zealand, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, 2010
  • Travel Award - 3 months international internship - Switzerland, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, 2009
  • Travel Award - 3 months international internship - France, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, 2008
  • PhD studies, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, 2006
  • Post graduate studies / Master of Science, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, 2004



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