Dr. Roberto Novella Fernandez

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: r.novella[at]tum.de

Curriculum vitae

2020- present Post-Doctoral researcher. BioChange Lab, Terrestrial Ecology Research Group, Technical University of Munich (Germany).
2016- 2020 PhD in Biological Sciences. University of Southampton. PhD thesis “The role of biotic interactions and fine-scale habitat preferences determining species ranges of European bats”. 
2014- 2015 MSc in Terrestrial Ecology. Autonomous University of Barcelona. Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona (Spain).
2010- 2014 BSc hons in Environmental Biology. Autonomous University of Barcelona. Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona (Spain).

Research interest

My current research interests turn around developing comprehensive understanding on how ecological processes drive diversity patterns, which is a key necessary step for predicting global change impacts on biodiversity.  I am particularly interested in the operation of environmental and biotic filtering processess through species functional traits across spatial scales, from local essembles to species ranges and across taxa. For that I combine fieldwork-based data with GIS modelling and DNA metabarcoding tools. As an animal ecologist, I have broad taxonomic interests, including vertebrate and invertebrate groups, from bats and birds to several insect orders, particularly dragonflies.


MINTBIO - Climate change impacts on Bavarian biodiversity: Multidimensional Integration for better Biodiversity projections



  • Novella-Fernandez, Roberto; Juste, Javier; Ibañez, Carlos; Nogueras, Jesús; Osborne, Patrick E.; Razgour, Orly: The role of forest structure and composition in driving the distribution of bats in Mediterranean regions. Scientific Reports 12 (1), 2022 more…


  • Alberdi, Antton; Razgour, Orly; Aizpurua, Ostaizka; Novella-Fernandez, Roberto; Aihartza, Joxerra; Budinski, Ivana; Garin, Inazio; Ibáñez, Carlos; Izagirre, Eñaut; Rebelo, Hugo; Russo, Danilo; Vlaschenko, Anton; Zhelyazkova, Violeta; Zrnčić, Vida; Gilbert, M. Thomas P.: DNA metabarcoding and spatial modelling link diet diversification with distribution homogeneity in European bats. Nature Communications 11 (1), 2020 more…


  • Novella-Fernandez, Roberto; Rodrigo, Anselm; Arnan, Xavier; Bosch, Jordi: Interaction strength in plant-pollinator networks: Are we using the right measure? PLOS ONE 14 (12), 2019, e0225930 more…
  • Razgour, Orly; Forester, Brenna; Taggart, John B.; Bekaert, Michaël; Juste, Javier; Ibáñez, Carlos; Puechmaille, Sébastien J.; Novella-Fernandez, Roberto; Alberdi, Antton; Manel, Stéphanie: Considering adaptive genetic variation in climate change vulnerability assessment reduces species range loss projections. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (21), 2019, 10418-10423 more…