Guillermo de Mendoza

Guillermo de Mendoza

Postdoc (2018-20)
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I research how aquatic invertebrates respond to the influence of environmental change and isolation, focusing on species distributions and (meta)community assembly processes. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), I studied the response of mountain lakes in front of alien fish introductions, through the analysis of subfossil remains in sedimentary sequences. During my PhD at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Spain), I analysed how the environmental and spatial components of the altitudinal gradient shape species distributions and community assembages in mountain lakes, and what are the consequences for species richness patterns across altitude. I have also recently worked with stream insect species distribution models, by using data from stream networks in Finland. This collaboration was an opportunity to explore the links between stream insect distributions, species traits, taxonomic relatedness of species, niche theory, and metacommunity theory.

In the Ruhi Lab, I led field experiments and surveys to understand how stream communities respond to drought, focusing on the interactive effects of disturbance and habitat fragmentation.


Main publications:

Leathers, K., Herbst, D., de Mendoza, G., Doerschlag, G. and Ruhi, A., 2024. Climate change is poised to alter mountain stream ecosystem processes via organismal phenological shifts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 121(14), p.e2310513121.

Fournier, R.J., de Mendoza, G., Sarremejane, R. and Ruhi, A., 2023. Isolation controls reestablishment mechanisms and post‐drying community structure in an intermittent stream. Ecology, 104(2), p.e3911.

Current position: Research scientist at the Pomeranian University in Słupsk, Poland.