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University of Alicante researcher Fernando Maestre has been ranked among the 150 most influential climate change researchers in the world.

The expert in Ecology and the Environment is ranked 147 in The Reuters Hot List that highlights top 1000 scientists according to their influence



Alicante, Thursday 29 April 2021

University of Alicante distinguished researcher Fernando Maestre is one of the most influential climate change researchers in the world according to several rankings that have appeared in recent years and which have been confirmed this week by The Reuters Hot List, which ranks him 147th out of a total of a thousand scientists analysed.

The awards that Maestre has received for his research related to the impact of climate change in arid areas includes the Jaume I Prize (from the Valencian Government), the Humboldt Prize and the 2020 award from the American Ecological Society, among others. Now Reuters has included him at the top of its ranking of researchers who are top-ranked on the climate change debate: their lives, their work and their influence on other scientists, the public, activists and political leaders.

The University of Alicante researcher pointed out that it is always gratifying to see how our work is used (and cited) by our colleagues and discussed in social networks, blogs and digital media, an aspect that is increasingly relevant when it comes to getting the results of our research to the general public and decision-makers.


The Reuters Hot List

The Reuters Hot List identifies the world's 1,000 most influential scientists through a combination of three rankings. Based on the number of research articles that scientists have published on climate change-related topics; the frequency with which those articles are cited by other scientists in similar fields of study, such as biology, chemistry or physics; and the frequency with which those articles are referenced in the lay press, social media, policy articles and other media.

The data is provided through Dimensions, the academic research portal of UK technology company Digital Science, whose database contains hundreds of thousands of climate science-related articles published by thousands of academics, the vast majority since 1988.


Curriculum vitae

Fernando T. Maestre Gil was awarded an special award for his undergraduate degree in 1999 and his PhD in 2005) from the University of Alicante. He was also presented with an award for academic achievement from the Valencian Government in 1999. After his stay at Duke University (USA, 2003-2005), he joined the University Rey Juan Carlos, where he is a Professor in Ecology (currently on leave of absence).

In May 2019, he joined the University of Alicante as a ‘Distinguished Researcher’, where he currently leads the Dryland Ecology and Global Change Lab at the University. He has carried out research stays at universities and research centres in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and China. He is principal investigator of 16 research projects totalling more than €5.2 M, being the only environmental scientist working in Spain to have obtained both a Starting (2009) and a Consolidator Grant (2014) from the European Research Council.

He has published more than 250 articles in international scientific journals, including ten in Science, Nature and PNAS, as well as six books and a number of popular science articles. He is in the top 1% of the world's most cited authors as of 2018. He has presented more than 100 papers at scientific conferences and given guest lectures in around fifteen countries, and has also supervised ten doctoral theses. His research merits have earned him awards such as the Rei Jaume I, in the Environmental Protection category (Rei Jaume I Foundation, Spain, 2020), the Science Academy Award- Pascual Foundation in Life Sciences, in the young researchers category (Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, Spain, 2020), the Humboldt Research Award (Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 2014), the Miguel Catalá Award for researchers under 40 (Madrid, Spain, 2014) and the Distinguished scientists Award (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2019). He has also been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2020.


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