Elisa Fuentes-Montemayor


Research Fellow (University of Stirling)

PhD in Ecology (University of Stirling, 2011).

MSc in Environmental Biology (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2007).

BSc (Hons) in Biology – major in Ecology (Universidad de las Américas, 2003).

3A141 Cottrell Building
School of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, UK

Email: ef12@stir.ac.uk

Web: http://www.sbes.stir.ac.uk/people/fuentes-montemayor/index.html


Research interests:

I’m an ecologist with a strong interest in conservation science. My main areas of expertise include: 1) the ecology and conservation of small mammals, bats and insects; 2) the effects of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. habitat fragmentation and agricultural intensification) on biodiversity; and 3) the evaluation of management actions (e.g. agri-environment schemes) to conserve biodiversity. I’m also interested in landscape ecology, in particular in the influence of the landscape context (i.e. composition and spatial arrangement) on biological communities. Read more about my work in my official Stirling website.

I am currently working on a project to assess the relative importance of alternative actions to reconnect fragmented landscapes and create ecological networks. This project aims to provide scientific evidence to underpin conservation actions (such as woodland creation and restoration) and ensure that such actions are implemented in the most effective areas to maximise the conservation outcomes. Read more about the project here.



Fuentes-Montemayor E, Goulson D, Cavin L, Wallace JM & Park K (2013) Fragmented woodlands in agricultural landscapes: The influence of woodland character and landscape context on bats and their insect prey. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 172: 6-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2013.03.019

Humphrey J, Watts K, Fuentes-Montemayor E, Macgregor N & Park K (2013) The evidence base for ecological networks: lessons from studies of woodland fragmentation and creation. Report from the WrEN Project, Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey. Full text: http://www.stir.ac.uk/media/schools/naturalscience/bes/images/WrEN_FR_report_2013.pdf

Fuentes-Montemayor E, Goulson D & Park K (2012) Factors influencing moth assemblages in woodland fragments on farmland: implications for woodland management and creation schemes. Biological Conservation 153: 265-275. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2012.04.019

Fuentes-Montemayor E (2011) The value of agri-environment schemes and farm woodland for bats and nocturnal insects, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Stirling. Full text: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/3445

Fuentes-Montemayor E, Goulson D & Park K (2011) Pipistrelle bats and their prey do not benefit from four widely applied agri-environment management prescriptions. Biological Conservation 144: 2233-2246. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.05.015

Fuentes-Montemayor E, Goulson D & Park K (2011) The effectiveness of agri-environment schemes for the conservation of farmland moths: assessing the importance of a landscape-scale management approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 532-542. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01927.x

Fuentes-Montemayor E, Cuaron AD, Vazquez-Dominguez E, Benitez-Malvido J, Valenzuela-Galvan D & Andresen E (2009) Living on the edge: Roads and edge effects on small mammal populations. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 857-865. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2656.2009.01551.x

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