Profile

I am an Assistant Professor in the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development. My position involves 50% educational and 50% research activities.

With my current research I aim to predict how different terrestrial ecosystems actively respond to global environmental change. I focus mostly on plant ecosystems in drylands, savannas and Mediterranean forests. I am interested in studying the complex ecosystem dynamics emerging from plant-plant and plant-environment interactions.

Physics was my first scientific playground, but I have always been interested in plants, and in environmental and climate issues in general. Therefore, I have an attitude in looking at plant ecosystems with the mechanistic, quantitative eye of the physicist. This leads me to build simplified mechanistic models that help understanding how complex dynamics affect the ecosystems. I also like to extract the signal out of noisy data, which lead me to study large datasets of plants occurrence with network techniques. I developed a new network tool to study plant species richness at the local scale along environmental gradients, useful for analysing large ecological datasets such as e.g. National Forest Inventories.

Besides the curiosity about the plants and (eco)systems I study, in my work I'm also driven by the will of connecting different type of knowledge and people within different fields, from the most quantitative approaches of complex system science to plant field ecology, via climate science and (eco)hydrology, touching also the far realm of economics. I personally experienced that connecting people with different backgrounds is challenging, but it leads most often to very innovative and groundbreaking discoveries.

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
climate-vegetation feedbacks
savanna
dryland ecohydrology
network
Mediterranean forests
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Key publications

Diaz Sierra, R., Verwijmeren, M., Rietkerk, M.G., Resco de Dios, Victor & Baudena, M. (2017). A new family of standardized and symmetric indices for measuring the intensity and importance of plant neighbour effects. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8 (5), (pp. 580-591).

Baudena, M, Dekker, S C, van Bodegom, P. M., Cuesta, B, Higgins, S.I., Lehsten, V, Reick, C H, Rietkerk, M., Scheiter, S., Yin, Z., Zavala, M. A. & Brovkin, V. (2015). Forests, savannas and grasslands: bridging the knowledge gap between ecology and Dynamic Global Vegetation Models. Biogeosciences, 12, (pp. 1833-1848) (16 p.).

Baudena, Mara, Sanchez, Anxo, Georg, Co-Pierre, Ruiz-Benito, Paloma, Zavala, M.A., Rodriguez, Miguel A. & Rietkerk, Max (25.06.2015). Revealing patterns of local species richness along environmental gradients with a novel network tool. Scientific Reports, 5.

Baudena, M. & Rietkerk, M. (2013). Complexity and coexistence in a simple spatial model for arid savanna ecosystems. Theoretical Ecology, 6 (2), (pp. 131-141) (11 p.).

Baudena, Mara, D'Andrea, Fabio & Provenzale, A. (01.01.2010). An idealized model for tree-grass coexistence in savannas - The role of life stage structure and fire disturbances. Journal of Ecology, 98 (1), (pp. 74-80) (7 p.).

Baudena, M., Boni, G., Ferraris, L., von Hardenberg, J. & Provenzale, A. (2007). Vegetation response to rainfall intermittency in drylands - Results from a simple ecohydrological box model. Advances in Water Resources, 30 (5), (pp. 1320-1328) (9 p.).

All publications
  2017
Diaz Sierra, R., Verwijmeren, M., Rietkerk, M.G., Resco de Dios, Victor & Baudena, M. (2017). A new family of standardized and symmetric indices for measuring the intensity and importance of plant neighbour effects. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8 (5), (pp. 580-591).
Baudena, M. (11.05.2017) Participant Drought and fire lead Mediterranean old-field succession to degraded shrublands (11.05.2017) Drought and fire lead Mediterranean old-field succession to degraded shrublands
Baudena, M. () Peer reviewer Global Ecology and Biogeography (Journal) 2nd round of reviews
Baudena, M. () Peer reviewer Journal of Hydrology (Journal)
Baudena, M. (14.02.2017) Participant Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM Lunteren (14.02.2017 - 15.02.2017)
  2016
Baudena, M. (15.06.2016) Invited speaker Alpine Summer School Aosta (15.06.2016 - 24.06.2016) Alpine Summer School
Baudena, M. (11.12.2016) Invited speaker BES (British Ecological Society) annual meeting 2016 Liverpool (11.12.2016 - 14.12.2016) BES (British Ecological Society) annual meeting 2016
Baudena, M. (2016) Peer reviewer Catena (Journal)
Baudena, M. (2016) Peer reviewer Ecological Modelling (Journal)
Baudena, M. () Peer reviewer Global Ecology and Biogeography (Journal)
Baudena, M. (22.09.2016) Invited speaker 2016 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) Amsterdam (19.09.2016 - 22.09.2016) Poster presentation "Revealing patterns of local species richness along environmental gradients with a novel network tool” at the 2016 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS)
Baudena, M. (22.09.2016) Invited speaker 2016 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) Amsterdam (19.09.2016 - 22.09.2016) Poster presentation "Revealing patterns of local species richness along environmental gradiets with a novel network tool" at the 2016 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS)
Baudena, M. (2016) Peer reviewer Royal Society Open Science (Journal)
  2015
Baudena, M. (2015) Peer reviewer Ecology (Journal)
Baudena, M, Dekker, S C, van Bodegom, P. M., Cuesta, B, Higgins, S.I., Lehsten, V, Reick, C H, Rietkerk, M., Scheiter, S., Yin, Z., Zavala, M. A. & Brovkin, V. (2015). Forests, savannas and grasslands: bridging the knowledge gap between ecology and Dynamic Global Vegetation Models. Biogeosciences, 12, (pp. 1833-1848) (16 p.).
Baudena, M. (2015) Peer reviewer Global Change Biology (Journal)
Baudena, M. (2015) Peer reviewer Journal of Mathematical Biology (Journal)
Baudena, M. (18.05.2015) Invited speaker Meeting CASCADE project 18-22 May 2015 Chania (18.05.2015 - 22.05.2015)
Baudena, M. (2015) Peer reviewer Nature Climate Change (Journal)
Baudena, M. (2015) Peer reviewer PLoS One (Journal)
Baudena, Mara, Sanchez, Anxo, Georg, Co-Pierre, Ruiz-Benito, Paloma, Zavala, M.A., Rodriguez, Miguel A. & Rietkerk, Max (25.06.2015). Revealing patterns of local species richness along environmental gradients with a novel network tool. Scientific Reports, 5.
Baudena, M. () Invited speaker NAEM 2015 (Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting) Lunteren (10.02.2015 - 11.02.2015) Savannas at the transition between forests and grasslands: modelling ecological processes at the continental scale, oral presentation
D'Onofrio, Donatella, Baudena, Mara, D'Andrea, Fabio, Rietkerk, Max & Provenzale, Antonello (08.01.2015). Tree-grass competition for soil water in arid and semiarid savannas: The role of rainfall intermittency. Water Resources Research, 51 (1), (pp. 169–181) (13 p.).
Baudena, M. (2015) Peer reviewer Water Resources Research (Journal)
  2014
Baudena, M. (10.12.2014) Invited speaker Spatio-Temporal Dynamics in Ecology 
 Leiden (08.12.2014 - 12.12.2014) “Revealing patterns of species richness with a novel network tool”
Baudena, M. (2014) Peer reviewer Applied Geography (Journal)
Baudena, M. (2014) Peer reviewer Ecosphere (Journal)
Baudena, M. (04.03.2014) Invited speaker EU-CASCADE project plenary meeting (04.03.2014 - 06.03.2014)
Baudena, M. (04.03.2014) Invited speaker Presentation at the CASCADE annual plenary meeting Cyprus (04.01.2014) Fires and succession in Mediterranean forests
Baudena, M. (2014) Peer reviewer Global Ecology and Biogeography (Journal)
Siteur, K., Eppinga, M.B., Karssenberg, Derek, Baudena, M., Bierkens, M.F.P. & Rietkerk, M. (2014). How will increases in rainfall intensity affect semiarid ecosystems?. Water Resources Research, 50 (7), (pp. 5980-6001) (22 p.).
Baudena, M. (2014) Peer reviewer Journal of Theoretical Biology (Journal)
Baudena, M. (26.08.2014) Invited speaker Models in CASCADE - EU project meeting Montpellier (25.08.2014 - 29.08.2014)
Baudena, M. (2014) Peer reviewer South African Journal of Botany (Journal)
  2013
Baudena, M. (31.10.2013) Participant "Plant-soil feedback theory" Working group Knoxville (Tennessee) (31.10.2013 - 31.10.2015) Series of four workshop with a limited number of outstanding invited participants, organised by NIMBIOS institute
Eppinga, M.B., Pucko, C.A., Baudena, M., Beckage, B. & Molofsky, J. (2013). A new method to infer vegetation boundary movement from 'snapshot' data. Ecography, 35 (5), (pp. 622-635) (14 p.).
Baudena, M. & Rietkerk, M. (2013). Complexity and coexistence in a simple spatial model for arid savanna ecosystems. Theoretical Ecology, 6 (2), (pp. 131-141) (11 p.).
Realpe-Gomez, J., Baudena, M., Galla, T., McKane, A.J. & Rietkerk, M. (2013). Demographic noise and resilience in a semi-arid ecosystem model. Ecological Complexity, 15 (september 2013), (pp. 97-108) (12 p.).
Baudena, M. (21.06.2013) Invited speaker Presentation at partial CASCADE project meeting Utrecht, The Netherlands (21.01.2013) Fires and succession in Mediterranean forests
Baudena, M. (19.09.2013) Invited speaker Invited presentation in Complexity-NET satellite, European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS'13) Barcelona, Spain (19.01.2013) From economics to ecology and back: resilience and key actors
Cresto Aleina, F., Baudena, M., D' Andrea, F. & Provenzale, A (2013). Multiple equilibria on planet Dune: Climate-vegetation dynamics on a sandy planet. Tellus B, 65.
Baudena, M. (04.08.2013) Invited speaker Presentation at the 98th ESA Annual Meeting Minneapolis, USA (04.01.2013) Network analysis unravels patterns of species richness along a climatic gradient in Spanish forest
Baudena, M. (22.05.2013) Invited speaker Oral presentation at the International research workshop of the Israel Science Foundation; Eco-hydrology of semiarid environments: Confronting mathematical models with ecosystem complexity Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (22.01.2013)
Baudena, M. (22.05.2013) Invited speaker Oral presentations at International research workshop of the Israel Science Foundation: Eco-hydrology of semiarid environments: Confronting mathematical models with ecosystem complexity Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (22.01.2013)
Baudena, M. (21.05.2013) Invited speaker Presentation at the workshop "Eco-hydrology of semiarid environments: Confronting mathematical models with ecosystem complexity" Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (21.01.2013)
Baudena, M. (25.09.2013) Invited speaker Presentation at Phd and Post-Doc Complexity-NET meeting Eindhoven, The Netherlands (25.01.2013) Vegetation Dynamics and Networks
Baudena, M., von Hardenberg, J. & Provenzale, A (2013). Vegetation patterns and soil-atmosphere water fluxes in drylands. Advances in Water Resources, 53 (March 2013), (pp. 131-138) (8 p.).
  2012
Baudena, M., Bevilacqua, I., Canone, D., Ferraris, S., Previati, M. & Provenzale, A. (2012). Soil water dynamics at a midlatitude test site: Field measurements and box modeling approaches. Journal of Hydrology, 414-415, (pp. 329-340) (12 p.).
Baudena, M. (04.10.2012) Invited speaker Invited presentation at the 3rd working meeting of RESINEE project, Utrecht University Utrecht, the Netherlands (04.01.2012) Species distribution, climate and network analysis
Baudena, M. (23.02.2012) Invited speaker Invited lecture at 2nd working meetin of RESINEE project (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) (23.01.2012) The structure of plant networks: trees and shrubs in the Iberian peninsula
Baudena, M. (06.02.2012) Invited speaker Presentation at 2nd TERRABITES Symposium, "Modelling the terrestrial biosphere: From Ecological Processes to Remote Sensing Observations" ESA ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) (06.01.2012) Tree-Grass Dynamics in Savannas: connecting ecological Knowledge and Dynamic Global Vegetation Models
  2011
Baudena, M. (15.09.2011) Invited speaker Complexity-Net Workshop: "Complexity-NET projects: Interdisciplinary Challenges for Complexity Science". ECCS 11 (European Conference on Complex Systems 2011), Satellite meeting Vienna, Austria (15.01.2011)
Baudena, M. (26.10.2011) Invited speaker 1st working meeting of RESINEE project University Carlos III Leganes, Madrid, Spain (26.01.2011) The structure of plant communites
  2010
Baudena, Mara, D'Andrea, Fabio & Provenzale, A. (01.01.2010). An idealized model for tree-grass coexistence in savannas - The role of life stage structure and fire disturbances. Journal of Ecology, 98 (1), (pp. 74-80) (7 p.).
  2008
Baudena, M., D'Andrea, F. & Provenzale, A. (01.12.2008). A model for soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions in water-limited ecosystems. Water Resources Research, 44 (12), (pp. W12429).
Baudena, M. & Provenzale, A. (01.04.2008). Rainfall intermittency and vegetation feedbacks in drylands. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 12 (2), (pp. 679-689).
  2007
Baudena, M., Boni, G., Ferraris, L., von Hardenberg, J. & Provenzale, A. (2007). Vegetation response to rainfall intermittency in drylands - Results from a simple ecohydrological box model. Advances in Water Resources, 30 (5), (pp. 1320-1328) (9 p.).

 

 

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My current main research activities

  • Fire and old-filed succession in Mediterranean forests. Linking data and simple models and studying the feedbacks between species composition and fires. The study cases are from the CASCADE project, in Eastern Spain and Portugal (with Ana Vasques, University of Aveiro).
  • Species distribution and network analysis: revealing woody plant co-occurrence and  species richness along environmental gradients with a novel network tool  (RESINEE)
  • Plant-plant interactions in dryland: a focus on facilitation with simple mechanistic models (CASCADE)With Mart Verwijmeren and Rubén Díaz Sierra (UNED Madrid, Spain)
  • Plant-soil negative feedbacks: With Maarten Eppinga (Copernicus Institute) and an international team of scientisits in the contests of a series of workshops organised by the NIMBIOS institute (http://www.nimbios.org/workinggroups/WG_plantsoilfb)

Previous research activities

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Currently I am coordinating the course of Physics for Energy and Transport, for the level I of Bachelors in Science and Innovation Management (NW&I) and Global Sustainability Science (GSS).

I also supervise Bachelor theses, and Master theses and resource projects for the Master in Sustainable Development.

 

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