Dr. Leticia San Emeterio – Postdoctoral researcher


Departament d’Hortofructicultura, Botànica i Jardineria

Escola Tècnica Superior d’Ingenyeria Agraria (ETSEA)

Universitat de Lleida

Avinguda Alcalde Rovira Roure 191

25198 Lleida, Spain

Office: Edifici 2, despatx 2.01.06

Phone: (+34) 973 702 623


I have a background in Botany and Plant Ecology obtained through my undergraduate studies at the University of the Valley of Guatemala, my degree and pH D studies at the University of Navarra, Spain, and my post-doctoral research at the Public University of Navarra, Spain. I have complemented my profile as a botanist with training on soil analysis at the Laboratory of Soil Microbiology of the University of California, Berkeley and on modelling plant competition at the Environmental Research Institute in Silkeborg, Denmark.

My research interests focus on plant-soil interactions in grasslands ecosystems from a perspective of natural resource sustainability. Using a dual approach (basic and applied science) I am interested in the relationships between ecosystem function and different levels of biodiversity (species richness, functional group richness and community evenness). Within a scenario of global change in mountainous ecosystems with increasing shrubland encroachment, landscape homogenization and fire regime changes, my aim at medium term is to reduce grassland degradation through the optimization of management practices such as grazing and controlled burnings.

I have collaborated in several national and EU research projects on the effects of land use and management changes on soil N cycle and biodiversity in grassland ecosystems. I also have participated in the elaboration of management plans of the grassland resources of the common lands of several valleys of Navarra.

    Selected publications
  • San Emeterio, L., Canals, R. M., and Herman, D. J. (2014). Combined effects of labile and recalcitrant carbon on short-term availability of nitrogen in intensified arable soil. European Journal of Soil Science, 65:377-385.
  • Canals, R. M., Pedro, J., Ruperez, E., and San Emeterio, L. (2014). Nutrient pulses after prescribed winter fires and preferential patterns of N uptake may contribute to the expansion of Brachypodium pinnatum (L.) P. Beauv. in highland grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science, 17:419-428.
  • Canals, R. M., San Emeterio, L., Sanchez-Marquez, S., Mozos, I. R. d. l. , and Zabalgogeazcoa, I. (2014). Non-systemic fungal endophytes in Carex brevicollis may influence the toxicity of the sedge to livestock. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 12:623-632.
  • Canals, R. M., Ferrer, V., Iriarte, A., Carcamo, S., San Emeterio, L., and Villanueva, E. (2011). Emerging conflicts for the environmental use of water in high-valuable rangelands. Can livestock water ponds be managed as artificial wetlands for amphibians?. Ecological Engineering, 37:1443-1452.
  • Canals, R. M., San Emeterio, L., and Oreja, A. (2008). Chances of loss of fungal endophytes in agronomic grasses: A case-study for Lolium rigidum.Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment , 127:146-152.
  • San Emeterio, L., Damgaard, C., and Canals, R. M. (2007). Modelling the combined effect of chemical interference and resource competition on the individual growth of two herbaceous populations. Plant and Soil , 292:95-103.
  • Canals, R. M., San Emeterio, L., and Peralta, J. (2005). Autotoxicity in Lolium rigidum: analyzing the role of chemically mediated interactions in annual plant populations.Journal of Theoretical Biology, 235:402-407
  • San Emeterio, L., Arroyo, A., and Canals, R. M. (2004). Allelopathic potential of Lolium rigidum Gaud. on the early growth of three associated pasture species. Grass and Forage Science, 59:107-112.
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