Virginia Valcárcel Núñez


Autonomous University of Madrid.


I am an evolutionary plant biologist using methods from taxonomy, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography and, more recently, ecology. My research aims to unravel the evolutionary history of plants and elucidate present-day patterns of biodiversity. While my interests span diverse taxa and worldwide patterns, I have a particular focus on investigating Mediterranean diversity patterns and the evolutionary trends of ivies (Hedera) and Araliaceae. I completed my PhD research on Hedera at the Botanical Garden of Madrid and have since held positions at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville) before joining the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2010, where I continue to conduct research.