Jesus Aguirre Gutierrez

Fulford Junior Research Fellow

The goal of my research is to disentangle how a changing climate has impacted, is currently driving and will modify in the near future our natural forest ecosystems.

Much is still unknown about how tropical forests around the world are responding to an increasingly fast changing climate, and there may be regions that are or will experience stronger biodiversity shifts and may be in more need of protection or regulation.

Having grown-up in Guadalajara, one of the biggest cities in Mexico where not much nature is around, I decided to spend a year living with the indigenous “Rarámuri” community in Northern Mexico to learn from their vision of nature.

My research interests come from understanding the importance nature has on our livelihoods – something I learnt through my experiences with indigenous communities in Mexico and abroad.

I joined SoGE in 2017 to develop a project, at ECI School of Geography, to understand the role that plant functional characteristics play in the resilience of tropical forests. I am currently a Researcher Co-Investigator in the “Arboles” NERC funded project monitoring plant functional diversity by remote sensing in Latin American forests.



Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Malhi, Y., Lewis, S.L., Fauset, S., Adu-Bredu, S., Affum-Baffoe, K., Baker, T.R., Gvozdevaite, A., Hubau, W., Moore, S., Peprah, T., Zieminska, K., Phillips, O.L. and Oliveras, I. (2020) Long-term droughts may drive drier tropical forests towards increased functional, taxonomic andphylogenetic homogeneity. Nature Communications, 11(1).


Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Oliveras, I., Rifai, S., Fauset, S., Adu-Bredu, S., Affum-Baffoe, K., Baker, T.R., Feldpausch, T.R., Gvozdevaite, A., Hubau, W., Kraft, N.J.B., Lewis, S.L., Moore, S., Niinemets, U., Peprah, R., Phillips, O.L., Zieminska, K., Enquist, B. and Malhi, Y. (2019) Drier tropical forests are susceptible to functional changes in response to a long-term drought. Ecology Letters, 22(5): 855-865.

Carvalheiro, L.G., Biesmeijer, J.C., Franzén, M., Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J., Garibaldi, L.A., Helm, A., Michez, D., Pöyry, J., Reemer, M., Schweiger, O., van den Berg, L., WallisDeVries, M.F. and Kunin, W.E. (2019) Soil eutrophication shaped the composition of pollinator assemblages during the past century. Ecography.

Tshwene-Mauchaza, B. and Aguirre-Gutierrez, J. (2019) Climatic drivers of plant species distributions across spatial grains in Southern Africa tropical forests. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2(69).


Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Kissling, W.D., Biesmeijer, J.C., WallisDeVries, M.F., Reemer, M. and Carvalheiro, L.G. (2017) Historical changes in the importance of climate and land use as determinants of Dutch pollinator distributions. Journal of Biogeography, 44(3): 696-707.

Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., van Treuren, R., Hoekstra, R. and van Hintum, T.J.L. (2017) Crop wild relatives range shifts and conservation in Europe under climate change. Diversity and Distributions, 23(7): 739-750.

Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., WallisDeVries, M.F., Marshall, L., van’tZelfde, M., Villalobos-Aramula, A.R., Boekelo, B., Barholomeus, H. Franzen, M., and Biesmeijer, J.C. (2017) Butterflies show different functional and species diversity in relationship to vegetation structure and land use. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Gomes, S.I.F., Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Bidartondo, M.I. and Merckx, V.S.F.T. (2017) Arbuscular mycorrhizal interactions of mycoheterotrophic Thismia are more specialized than in autotrophic plants. New Phytologist, 213(3): 1418-1427.


Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Wallis De Vries, M.F., Marshall, L., van’t Zelfde, M., Villalobos-Arambula, A., Boekelo, B., Bartholomeus, H., Franzen, M. and Biesmeijer, J.C. (2016) Butterflies show different functional and species diversity in relationship to vegetation structure and land use. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Raes, N. and Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J. Species distribution models under climate and landscape changes. In: Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity. Hoorn, C. and Antonelli, A. (eds). Accepted October 2016. Wiley Blackwell Publishers, Oxford.

Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Kissling, W.D., Carvalheiro, L.G., WallisDeVries, M.F., Franzén, M. and Biesmeijer, J.C. Functional traits help to explain half-century long shifts in pollinator distributions. 2016. Scientific Reports. 6:24451.

Roger, N., Moerman, R., Carvalheiro, L.G., Aguirre-Guitiérrez, J., et al. Impact of pollen resources drift on common bumble bees in NW Europe. 2016. Global Change Biology. In Press.

Wicaksono, C.Y., Aguirre-Guiterrez, J., Nouhra, E., Pastor, N., Raes, N., Pacheco, S. and Geml, J. Contracting montane cloud forests: a case study of the Andean alder (Alnus acuminata) and associated fungi in the Yungas. 2016. Biotropica. In Press.

Lens, F., Vos, R.A., Charrier, G., van der Niet, T., Merckx, V., Pieter Baas, P., Aguirre-Gutierrez, J. et al. Scalariform-to-simple transition in vessel perforation plates triggered by differences in climate during the evolution of Adoxaceae. 2016. Annals of Botany. In Press.

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