Edgar J González



I am a quantitative ecologist, which means I like to model ecological phenomena under a data-driven framework. My main focus has been on population ecology, where I have focused on developing statistical methods to study the dynamics of structured populations. However, I am also interested in applying my skills in other areas of ecology and thus I have collaborated in projects on spatial and community ecology, sustainability indicators and systematic reviews.



Modelling of populations structured by state and environmental variables


  1. González, E. J. and C. Martorell. 2013. Reconstructing shifts in vital rates driven by long-term environmental change: a new demographic method based on readily available data. Ecology and Evolution 3: 2273–2284. https://doi.org/10.​1007/​s00442-012-2432-7

  2. González, E. J., M. Rees and C. Martorell. 2013. Identifying the demographic processes relevant for species conservation in human-impacted areas: does the model matter? Oecologia 171: 347–356. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.549

  3. González, E. J., C. Martorell and B. M. Bolker. 2016. Inverse estimation of integral projection model parameters using time series of population-level data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 147–156. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12519

  4. González, E. J. 2016. Modelos matemáticos en el contexto de la conservación de especies. In: J. F. Guerrero-MacManus, O. Valadez-Blanco and E. Vizcaya-Xilotl, eds. Naturaleza, Ciencia y Sociedad: 40 Años de Pensamiento Crítico Interdisciplinario en la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNAM. CEIICH, UNAM. ISSN: 9781938128127. pp. 61–75.

  5. Queijeiro, M. E., E. J. González, C. Martorell and Z. Cano-Santana. 2017. Competition and facilitation determine dwarf mistletoe infection dynamics. Journal of Ecology 105: 775–785. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12699

  6. Larios, E., E. J. González, P. Rosen, A. Pate and P. Holm. 2020. Population projections of an endangered cactus suggest little impact of severe climate change. Oecologia. 192: 439–448. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-020-04595-y

Under review

  1. González, E. J., D. Z. Childs, P. F. Quintana-Ascencio and R. Salguero-Gómez. Submitted. Integral projection models. In: R. Salguero-Gómez and M. Gamelon, eds. Demographic Methods accross the Tree of Life. Oxford University Press.

  2. Félix-Burruel, R. E., E. Larios, E. J. González and A. Búrquez. Submitted. Episodic recruitment in the saguaro cactus is driven by multidecadal periodicities. Ecology.

  3. Muñoz, R., F. Bongers, D. M. A. Rozendaal, E. J. González, J. M. Dupuy and J. A. Meave. Submitted. Demographic drivers of tropical dry forest resilience. Journal of Ecology.

Undergraduate theses

  1. Dávila-Hernández, G. 2021. Modelación de la dinámica poblacional de Mimosa acantholoba durante un proceso de sucesión secundaria.

  2. Portillo-Tzompa, P. I. 2021. Correlaciones entre procesos vitales y su impacto en la dinámica de poblaciones estructuradas.


Undergraduate theses in progress

  1. Martín-Cornejo, P. R. Un enfoque integrado de estimación de parámetros en modelos integrales de proyección poblacional.

  2. Rojas-Pimentel, J. Dinámica poblacional de Peidocactus bradyi, especie rara de cacto, y su retracción como estrategia evolutiva.


Systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis


  1. Ceccon, E., E. J. González and C. Martorell. 2016. Is direct seeding a biologically viable strategy for restoring forest ecosystems? Evidences from a meta-analysis. Land Degradation and Development 27: 511–520. https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2421

  2. González, E. J., M. Martínez-López, M. A. Morales-Garduza, R. García-Morales, P. Charruau and J. A. Gallardo-Cruz. 2019. The sex determination pattern in crocodilians: a systematic review of three decades of research. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 1417–1427. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13037

Undergraduate thesis in progress

1. Bello-López, J. El patrón de determinación sexual en tortugas: una revisión sistemática.


Modelling the relationship between natural and anthropic system attributes and satellite imagery


  1. Gallardo-Cruz, J. A., J. A. Meave, E. J. González, E. E. Lebrija-Trejos, M. A. Romero-Romero, E. A. Pérez-García, R. Gallardo-Cruz, J. L. Hernández-Stefanoni and C. Martorell. 2012. Predicting tropical dry forest successional attributes from space: is the key hidden in image texture? Plos One 7: e30506. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0030506

  2. Ureta, C., C. González-Salazar, E. J. González, E. R. Álvarez-Buylla and E. Martínez-Meyer. 2013. Environmental and social factors account for Mexican maize richness and distribution: a data mining approach. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 179: 25–34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2013.06.017

  3. Ureta, C., E. Martínez-Meyer, E. J. González and E. Álvarez-Buylla. 2016. Finding potential high-yield areas for Mexican maize under current and climate change conditions. The Journal of Agricultural Science 154: 782–794. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021859615000842

  4. Block, S., E. J. González, J. A. Gallardo-Cruz, A. Fernández, J. V. Solórzano and J. A. Meave. 2016. Using Google Earth surface metrics to predict plant species richness in a complex landscape. Remote Sensing 8.10: 865. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs8100865

  5. Solórzano, J. V., J. A. Meave, J. A. Gallardo-Cruz, E. J. González and J. L. Hernández-Stefanoni. 2017. Predicting old-growth tropical forest attributes from very high resolution (VHR) derived surface metrics. International Journal of Remote Sensing 38: 492–513. https://doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2016.1266108

  6. Solórzano, J. V., J. A. Gallardo-Cruz, E. J. González, C. Peralta-Carreta, M. Hernández-Gómez, A. Fernández-Montes de Oca and G. L. Cervantes-Jiménez. 2018. Contrasting the potential of Fourier transformed ordination and gray level co-occurrence matrix textures to model a tropical swamp forest's structural and diversity attributes. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 12: 036006. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.12.036006

  7. Ureta, C., E. J. González, A. Espinosa, A. Trueba, A. A. Piñeyro-Nelson and E. R. Álvarez-Buylla. 2020. Maize yield in Mexico under climate change. Agricultural Systems 177: 102697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2019.102697

  8. Ureta, C., E. J. González, G. Contreras-Félix, M. Ramírez-Barrón and C. E. Santibáñez-López. 2020. The conservation status of Mexican scorpions under current and future climatic conditions. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation 18: 116–123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecon.2020.04.003


Analysis of sustainability indicators in the context of socioenvironmental systems

Undergraduate theses in progress

1. Villanueva-Reyes, J. Evaluación del sistemas de indicadores de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible desde el marco de los indicadores de tercera generación.

2. Nayar-Guarneros, H. Uso de indicadores para modelar, analizar y proyectar el estado de sustentabilidad en México.

Modelling of community patterns, especially along environmental gradients


  1. Mejía-Domínguez, N. R., J. A. Meave, C. Díaz-Ávalos and E. J. González. 2011. Individual canopy-tree species effects on their immediate understory microsite and sapling community dynamics. Biotropica 43: 572–581. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00739.x

  2. Salas-Morales, S. H., E. J. González y J. A. Meave. 2018. Canopy height variation and environmental heterogeneity in the tropical dry forests of Coastal Oaxaca, Mexico. Biotropica 50: 26–38. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.12491

  3. Ramos-Fabiel, M. A., E. A. Pérez-García, J. A. Meave, E. J. González and O. Yáñez-Ordónez. 2019. Successional dynamics of the bee community in a tropical dry forest: insights from taxonomy and functional ecology. Biotropica 51: 62–74. doi: 10.1111/btp.12619

  4. Luna-Nieves, A. L., J. A. Meave, E. J. González, J. Cortés-Flores and G. Ibarra-Manríquez. 2019. Guiding seed source selection for the production of tropical dry forest trees: Coulteria platyloba as study model. Forest Ecology and Management 446: 105-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.05.020

  5. Romero, E., E. J. González, J. A. Meave and T. Terrazas. 2020. Wood anatomy of dominant species with contrasting ecological performance in tropical dry forest succession. Plant Biosystems 54: 524–534. https://doi.org/10.1080/11263504.2019.1651775

  6. Bonilla-Valencia, L., F. J. Espinosa-García, E. J. González, R. Lindig-Cisneros, Y. Martínez-Orea, E. V. Vega-Peña and S. Castillo-Argüero. 2020. Functional indicators to explain the antropic effects on community plant composition changes: the case of a temperate forest in Mexico. Ecological Indicators 116: 106515. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106515

  7. Vargas-Larreta, B., J. O. López-Martínez, E. J. González, J. J. Corral-Rivas y F. J. Hernández. 2021. Assessing above-ground biomass-functional diversity relationships in temperate forest in northern Mexico. Forest Ecosystems 8: 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40663-021-00282-3

Under review

  1. Romero-Pérez, E. I., E. J. González, N. R. Mejía-Domínguez, E. A. Pérez-García, H. Paz, F. Bongers and J. A. Meave. Submitted. Differential performance of 50 canopy tree species through tropical dry forest succession. Journal of Vegetation Science.

  2. Victoria-Salazar, I., E. J. González, J. A. Meave, M. Ruiz-Zárate and H. A. Hernández. Submitted. Succession and resilience of a coral patch reef: insights from a ship grounding incident. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

  3. Sánchez-Ochoa, D., E. J. González, M. Arizmendi-Arriaga, P. Koleff, R. Martell-Dubois, J. A. Meave y H. A. Perez-Mendoza. Submitted. Quantifying phenological diversity: a framework based in Hill numbers theory. The American Naturalist.

  4. Luna-Nieves, A. L., A. Maldonado-Romo, E. J. González, J. Cortés-Flores, G. Ibarra-Manríquez and J. A. Meave. Submitted. The interplay of exogenous and endogenous drivers of tropical dry forest tree phenology. Biotropica.




  1. Segovia-Rivas, A., J. A. Meave, E. J. González and E. A. Pérez-García. 2018. Experimental reintroduction and host preference of the microendemic and endangered orchid Barkeria whartoniana in a Mexican tropical dry forest. Journal for Nature Conservation 43: 156–164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2018.04.004

  2. Santini, N. S., A. Villarruel-Arroyo, M. F. Adame, C. E. Lovelock, R. H. Nolan, N. Gálvez-Reyes, E. J. González, B. Olivares-Resendiz, A. Mastretta-Yanes and D. Piñero. 2020. High organic carbon stocks in Mexican montane habitats are determined by biomass inputs and elevation. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8: 581476. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2020.581476

  3. Miranda-Molina, Y. M., E. J. González, J. Márquez-Guzmán, J. A. Meave and E. A. Pérez-García. Accepted. Pollination success in three tropical dry forest orchid species from Mexico: insights from floral display, visitation rates, and flower micromorphology. Botanical Sciences.



Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Naturales
Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM

Edificio B, 3er piso, Circuito Exterior S/N, Coyoacán, 04510 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

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  • Predictive power in integral projection models.

  • Population dynamics of early and late successional species in a tropical dry forest using integral projection models.

  • Landscape and population ecology: studying the effect of landscape configuration on population dynamics.



  • Joint estimation of community traits and their change over secondary succession.



  • Modelling of the deforestation process in the tropical rainforests of Mexico and the impact of the Sembrando Vida governmental program.


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