Dr Jesus Aguirre Gutierrez

Honorary Research Associate


Jesús is a post doctoral researcher interested in understanding how environmental condition shape the distribution of species at local and global spatial extends. To investigate this Jesús has used pollinators as case study species and past, present and projected future environmental conditions to model the pollinators’ ecological niches and spatial distribution. His interest in biodiversity responses to environmental conditions brought him to the Ecosystem Lab at the Environmental Change Institute to investigate the relationship between plant functional trait diversity, climate, LiDAR derived vegetation structure and the plants’ spectral reflectance obtained from remote sensing data.

Jesús obtained his License degree in Biology from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and his Master degree in Ecology and Evolution -Tropical Ecology from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. At the end of 2015 he got his PhD in Ecology at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a Post Doc at the Dutch Natural History Museum, Naturalis.



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.


Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Serna-Chavez, H.M., Villalobos-Arámbula, A.R., Pérez de la Rosa, J.A. and Raes, N. Similar but not equivalent: ecological niche comparison across closely-related Mexican white pines. Diversity and Distributions. 2015. 21: 245–257.

Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Biesmeijer, J.C., van Loon, E.E., Reemer, M., WallisDeVries, M.F. and Carvalheiro, L.G. Susceptibility of pollinators to ongoing landscape changes depends on landscape history. Diversity and Distributions. 2015. 21: 1129–1140.

Marshall, L., Carvalheiro, L.G, Aguirre‐Gutiérrez, J., et al. Testing projected wild bee distributions in agricultural habitats: predictive power depends on species traits and habitat type. Ecology and Evolution. 2015. 5 4426–4436.


Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J. Are Plant Species’ Richness and Diversity Influenced by Fragmentation at a Microscale? International Journal of Biodiversity. 2014. 384698.

Buckland, S., Cole, N.C., Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J. et al. Ecological effects of the invasive giant Madagascar day gecko on endemic Mauritian geckos: applications of binomial-mixture and species distribution models. 2014. PLoS One. 9: e88798.


Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J., Carvalheiro, L.G., Polce, C., van Loon, E.E., Raes, N., Reemer, M., Biesmeijer, J.C. Fit-for-purpose: species distribution model performance depends on evaluation criteria–Dutch hoverflies as a case study. PLoS One. 2013. 8: e63708.

Carvalheiro L.G., Kunin W.E., Keil P., Aguirre-Gutierrez J. et al. Species richness declines and biotic homogenisation have slowed down for NW European pollinators and plants. Ecology letters. 2013 16: 870–878.

Polce, C., Termansen, M., Aguirre-Gutiérrez,J. et al. Species distribution models for crop pollination: a modelling framework applied to Great Britain. PLoS One. 2013. 8: e76308.


Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Seijmonsbergen, A.C. and Duivenvoorden J.F. Optimizing land cover classification accuracy for change detection, a combined pixel-based and object-based approach in a mountainous area in Mexico. Applied Geography. 2012, 34: 29–37.


Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J. and Duivenvoorden, J.F. Can we expect to protect threatened species in protected areas? A case study of the genus Pinus in Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad. 2010. 81: 875–882.