Broadly my research aims to understand how plants make a living under different environmental and ecological contexts with an emphasis on the effects of global environmental change on terrestrial biodiversity. This includes effects of invasive species, climate change and other pollutants on biodiversity and plant functional variation. Currently, I am focusing on the effects of global change, plant functional variation and ecological communities on the carbon cycle. My work bridges between community, ecosystem and global ecology and biogeography through functional traits, field experiments and other basic ecological tools.


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  1. Dalrymple, R.L., Flores‐Moreno, H., Kemp, D.J., White, T.E., Laffan, S.W., Hemmings, F.A., Hitchcock, T.D. and Moles, A.T. (2018). Abiotic and biotic predictors of macroecological patterns in bird and butterfly coloration. Ecological Monographs, 88(2), pp.204-224.

  2. Butler, E.E., Datta, A., Flores‐Moreno, H., Chen, M., Wythers, K.R., Fazayeli, F., Banerjee, A., Atkin, O.K., Kattge, J., Amiaud, B., Blonder, B., and 40 others. (2017). Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p.201708984.

  3. Reich, P.B. and Flores‐Moreno, H. (2017). Peeking beneath the hood of the leaf economics spectrum. New Phytologist, 214(4), pp.1395-1397.

  4. Flores‐Moreno, H., Reich, P.B., Lind, E.M., Sullivan, L.L., Seabloom, E.W., Yahdjian, L., MacDougall, A.S., Reichmann, L.G., Alberti, J., Báez, S., Bakker, J.D., and 18 others. (2016). Climate modifies response of non-native and native species richness to nutrient enrichment. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 371(1694), p.20150273.

  5. Dalrymple, R.L., Kemp D.J., Flores‐Moreno, H., Laffan, S.W., White, T.E., Hemmings, F.A., Tindall, M.L., Moles, A.T. (2015). Birds, butterflies and flowers in the tropics are not more colourful than those at higher latitudes. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24:1424-1432.

  6. Flores‐Moreno, H., García-Treviño, E., & Angela T. Moles. (2015) In the beginning: Phenotypic change in three invasive species through their first 200 years since introduction. Biological invasions, 17:1215-1225.

  7. Dalrymple, R.L., Hui, F.K.C., Flores‐Moreno, H., Kemp, D.J. & Moles, A.T. (2015). Roses are red, violets are blue – so how much replication should you do? An assessment of variation in the colours of flowers and birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 114:69-81.

  8. Moles, A.T., Perkins, S., Laffan, S. W., Awasthy, M., Tindall, M. L., Sack, L., Flores‐Moreno, H., Pitman, A., Kattge, J., Aarsen, L. and 33 others. (2014). Which is a better predictor of plant traits: temperature or precipitation? Journal of Vegetation Science. 25:1167-1180.

  9. Moles, A.T., Flores‐Moreno, H., Dickie, J.H. (2013) A response to Poisot et al.: Publishing your dataset is not always virtuous. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution.

  10. Rollins, L.A., Moles, A.T., Lam, S., Buitenwerf, R., Buswell, J.M., Brandenburger, C., Flores‐Moreno, H., Nielsen, B., Couchman, E., Brown, G.S., Thompson, F.J., Frankham, R., Sherwin, W.B. (2013) High genetic diversity is not essential for successful introduction. Ecology and Evolution.

  11. Flores‐Moreno, H. & Moles, A.T. (2013) A comparison of the recruitment success of introduced and native species under natural conditions. PLoS One. 8(8): e72509.

  12. Flores‐Moreno, H., Thomson, F. J., Warton, D.I. & Moles, A.T. (2013) Are introduced species better dispersers? A global comparison of seed dispersal distance. PLoS One. 8(6): e68541.

  13. Moles, A.T., Flores‐Moreno, H., Bonser, S.P., Warton, D.I., Helm, A., Warman, L., Eldridge, D.J., Jurado, E., Hemmings, F. A., Reich, P.B., Cavender-Bares, J., Seabloom, E.W., Mayfield, M.M., Sheil, D., Djietror, J.C., Peri, P.L., Enrico, L., Cabido, M.R., Setterfield, S. A., Lehmann, C.E.R. & Thomson, F.J. (2012) Invasions: the trail behind, the path ahead, and a test of a disturbing idea. Journal of Ecology. 100, 116-127.

  14. Flores‐Moreno, H., Mandujano M.C., Golubov J. (2010) Pasos necesarios para generar una plaga [Steps needed to make a pest]. Especies. 19, 13-15 (Popular science).

  15. Mandujano, M.C., Mandujano, M., Pérez, M., Flores‐Moreno, H., Aguilar, G. y Golubov, J. (2007) Las diez plagas de Egipto y la undécima en México: la plaga del nopal [The tenth pest of Egypt and the eleventh in Mexico: The cacti moth]. Ciencias. 88, 50-58 (Peer reviewed).

  16. Santini, N., Flores‐Moreno, H., Ávila Muñoz, M. E., Díaz Coránguez, M., Gasteazoro Piñeiro, F. y Martorell, C. (2007) La cobertura de espinas de los cactos determina que éstos se establezcan bajo nodrizas con distinta fenología [The spine cover in cacti determines the phenology of their nurse plant]. Cactáceas y Suculentas Mexicanas. 52, 36-45 (Peer reviewed).

  17. Flores‐Moreno, H., Golubov, J. y Mandujano, M.C. (2006) Cactoblastis cactorum, de héroe a villano [Cactoblastis cactorum, from hero to villain]. Boletín de la Sociedad Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Cactáceas y Suculentas. 3, 6-7 (Peer reviewed).

  18. Flores‐Moreno, H., Mandujano, M.C. y Golubov, J. (2006) ¡Ahí viene la plaga! La palomilla del nopal (Cactoblastis cactorum) en México [Here comes the pest! The cactus moth (Cactoblatis cactorum)]. Boletín de Difusión de la Sociedad Mexicana de Cactología. 2, 3-4 (Peer reviewed).

  19. Flores‐Moreno, H., Mandujano, M.C. y Golubov, J. (2006) Cactoblastis cactorum en México [Cactoblastis cactorum in Mexico]. Cactáceas y suculentas mexicanas. 51, 122-127 (Peer reviewed).


22 Sep 2018 . Projects . Wood-Termite-Fungi project deployment Comments

After a few months of hard work the WTF (Wood, Termite and Fungi) project is live!…

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