Inés Ibáñez

Associate Professor


PhD., Duke University (ecology)

M.S., Utah State University (range sciences)

B.S., Universidad Complutense de Madrid (botany)



Associate Professor Ibáñez's major research interests focus on the current challenges that plant communities are facing in the context of global change, i.e. climate change, invasive species, and landscape fragmentation. These challenges are interconnected as they form the novel environment under which plants are growing. The fact that forest communities are highly dependent on recruitment dynamics makes the study of early demographic stages critical for understanding the impact of global change on the natural ecosystems around us. To isolate these phenomena, Ibáñez directs her research at the recruitment of dominant tree species, from seed production to the sapling stage, including seed dispersal, germination, establishment and survival during the first years. Results obtained from this line of research are essential to forecast reliable vegetation changes under future climate scenarios.

Select publications: 
  • Tonn, N.  and Ibáñez, I. In press. Plant-mycorrhizal fungi associations along an urbanization gradient: implications for tree seedlings survival. Urban Ecosystems 
  • Vizcaíno-Palomar, N., Ibáñez, I., Benito-Garzón, M., González-Martínez, S. C., Zavala, M. A., Alía, R. In press. Climate and population of origin shape pine tree height-diameter allometry. New Forests
  • Katz, D.W. and Ibáñez, I. In press. Differences in biotic interactions across range edges have only minor effects on plant performance. Journal of Ecology.
  • Phillips, R.P., Ibáñez, I. , D'Orangeville, L., Hanson, P.J., Ryan, M.G., and McDowell, N. G. 2016. A belowground perspective on the drought sensitivity of forests: Towards improved  understanding and simulation. Forest Ecology and Management 380: 309-320.
  • Katz, D.W. and Ibáñez, I. 2016. Biotic interactions with natural enemies do not affect potential range expansion of three invasive plants in response to climate change. Biological Invasions 18: 3351-3363.
  • Early, R., Bradley, D., Dukes, J., Lawler, J., Olden, J., Blumenthal, D., Gonzalez, P., Grosholz, E., Ibañez, I., Miller, L., Sorte, C. and Tatem, A. 2016. Global threats from invasive alien species in the 21st Century and national response capacities. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12485
  • Katz, D.W. and Ibáñez, I. 2016. Foliar damage beyond species distributions is partly explained by distance dependent interactions with natural enemies. Ecology 97(9): 2331-2341.
  • Vizcaino-Palomar, N., Ibáñez, I., González-Martínez, S., Zavala, M.A. and Alía, R. 2016. Adaptation and plasticity in aboveground allometry variation of four pine species along environmental gradients. Ecology and Evolution
  • Ibáñez, I., Zak, D.R., Burton, A.J. and Pregitzer, B.K. 2016. Chronic nitrogen deposition alters allometric relationships in a dominant tree species: Implications for woody biomass production and ecosystem carbon storage. Ecological Applications 26: 913-925.
  • Clark, J. S., Iverson, L. R., Woodall, C. W., Allen, C., Bell, D.; Bragg, D., D'Amato, A., Davis, F., Hersh, M., Ibáñez, I., Jackson, S., Matthews, S., Pederson, N., Peters, M., Schwartz, M., Waring, K., Zimmerman, N., 2016. The impacts of increasing drought on forest dynamics, structure, and biodiversity. Global Change Biology.
  • Ibáñez, I. and McCarthy-Neumann, S. 2016. Effects of mycorrhizal fungi on tree seedling growth: quantifying the parasitism-mutualism transition along a light gradient. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46:48-57.