Ecologie comparative des organismes, des communautés et des écosystèmes


Postdoc researcher



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ORCID: 0000-0003-3422-0047

Twitter: @AliciaGoFer




I am an ecologist interested in the diversity of adaptive strategies in plants. My work focuses on understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that lead to phenotypic diversity at intra- and interspecific levels. 

I am also interested in how plant phenotypic traits scale up to the community and ecosystem level. In recent years, I have mainly worked with crops and their wild progenitors, with the aim of improving agricultural sustainability and adaptation to global change.

KeywordsEcological strategies, Crop evolution, Functional traits, Phylogenetics, Plant domestication, Molecular biology



Gómez-Fernández A., Aranda I. & Milla R. 2023. Early human selection of crops' wild progenitors explains the acquisitive physiology of modern cultivars. Nature Plants 10, 25–36. DOI: 10.1038/s41477-023-01588-6

Gómez-Fernández A. & Milla R. 2022. How seeds and growth dynamics influence plant size and yield: Integrating trait relationships into ontogeny. Journal of Ecology, 110: 2684–2700. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13979

Gómez-Fernández A., Osborne C. P., Rees M., Palomino J., Ingala C., Gómez G. & Milla R. 2022. Disparities among crop species in the evolution of growth rates: the role of distinct origins and domestication histories. New Phytologist, 233: 995–1010. DOI: 10.1111/nph.17840

Goberna M., Montesinos-Navarro A., Valiente-Banuet A., Colin Y., Gómez-Fernández A., Donat S., Navarro-Cano J. & Verdú M. 2019. Incorporating phylogenetic metrics to microbial co-occurrence networks based on amplicon sequences to discern community assembly processes. Molecular Ecology Resources, 19: 1552–1564. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.13079

Matesanz S., García-Fernández A., Limón-Yelmo A., Gómez-Fernández A. & Escudero A. 2018. Comparative landscape genetics of gypsum soil specialists with natural island-like distributions reveal their resilience to anthropogenic fragmentation. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 34: 1–9. DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2018.07.001

Gómez-Fernández A., Alcocer I. & Matesanz S. 2016. Does higher connectivity lead to higher genetic diversity? Effects of habitat fragmentation on genetic variation and population structure in a gypsophile. Conservation Genetics, 17: 631–641. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-016-0811-z

Matesanz S., Gómez-Fernández A., Alcocer I. & Escudero A. 2015. Fragment size does not matter when you are well connected: effects of fragmentation on fitness of coexisting gypsophiles. Plant Biology, 17: 1047–1056. DOI: 10.1111/plb.12329