Full Professor of King Juan Carlos University (URJC) in Madrid. His research is focused on plant conservation biology, using ecological and genetic approaches, dealing with narrow endemics, alpine plants, and crop wild relatives. He studies local adaptation processes of alpine plants and their responses to climate change. Former Secretary General of OPTIMA (Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area). Vice-Chair of Wild Species Conservation in Genetic Reserves WG (ECPGR). Vice-President of the Spanish Society of Plant Conservation Biology (SEBICOP).