Mar Cabeza


Description of research and teaching

Mar Cabeza is a researcher at the Metapopulation Research Group, at the Dept of Biosciences, University of Helsinki. Cabeza obtained her first degree in Spain (University of Barcelona) and her PhD in Finland, at the University of Helsinki. After a three-year postdoc at the Biodiversity and Global Change Lab with Dr. Miguel B. Araújo (CSIC, Spain), Cabeza is now an established PI at the University of Helsinki, leading the “Global Change and Conservation” team. Most of Cabeza’s research is strongly linked to conservation, including theoretical and applied projects both in the developed and developing worlds. Cabeza has participated in a number of international climate change projects, (e.g. “Impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services in the Barents Region”, a Nordic Council project or MACIS, an EU-FP6 project) and she is currently the leader of the Biodiversity Work Package of the EUFP7 project RESPONSES

MC values education at a variety of levels, from school children to advanced PhD students. She enjoys designing and developing novel courses employing a variety of pedagogical tools. She has taught  conservation courses in various (developing) countries and is the coordinator of exchange course RESPECT (Conservation Planning in the tropics), a field course in Madagascar. MC is committed to supervision of students and has been awarded several times for such dedication. She is currently supervising 8 PhD students and 3 MSc.



Highlighted publications

  1. Governance factors in the identification of global conservation priorities for mammals.

    Eklund, J., Arponen, A., Visconti, P. & Cabeza, M. 2011 In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Biological Sciences. 366, 1578, p. 2661-2669 9 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Ecological–economic optimization of biodiversity conservation under climate change

    Wintle, B., Bekessy, S. A., Keith, D. A., van Wilgen, B. W., Cabeza, M., Schröder, B., Carvalho, S. B., Falcucci, A., Maiorano, L., Regan, T. J., Rondinini, C., Boitani, L. & Possingham, H. P. 2011 In : Nature Climate Change. 1, 10, p. 355-359 5 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Climate Change Threatens European Conservation Areas

    Araújo, M. B., Alagador, D., Cabeza, M., Nogués-Bravo, D. & Thuiller, W. 2011 In : Ecology Letters. 14, 5, p. 484-92 9 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  4. Exploring consensus in 21st century projections of climatically suitable areas for African vertebrates

    Garcia, R. A., Burgess, N. D., Cabeza, M., Rahbek, C. & Araújo, M. B. 2011 In : Global Change Biology. 18, 4, p. 1253-1269 17 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Highlighted activities

  1. Best International Teacher

    Mar Cabeza (Recipient), University of Helsinki, 2010

    Activity: Prizes and awards

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