Dr Laetitia Navarro


Research Interests


My research is organized around the topics of biodiversity monitoring, global biodiversity change and restoration, and is often placed at the interface between Science and Policy. During my PhD, I focused on investigating and proposing rewilding as a restoration approach for degraded ecosystems, particularly in the context of farmland abandonment in Europe. While continuing my work on rewilding, I participated in the mid-term assessment of Aichi Target 15 for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 of the CBD and was a lead author in the IPBES Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration. During that time, I was also involved in projects dedicated to the detection and attribution of biodiversity change. Since October 2016, I am the Executive Secretary of GEO BON, a network that aims at improving the acquisition, integration and delivery of biodiversity observations to the scientific community and decision makers. Aside from the coordination of this global network, this position gives me the opportunity to investigate the monitoring of biodiversity and its policy relevance.



  • 2010-2014: PhD in Biology, Faculade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2006-2007: Master in Ethno-biology, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.
  • 2004-2006: Master in Conservation Biology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Paris, France.
  • 2001-2004: License in Organisms Biology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Paris, France

iDiv publications


Martins, I. S., Navarro, L. M., Pereira, H. M., Rosa, I. M. D.

(2020): Alternative pathways to a sustainable future lead to contrasting biodiversity responses. Global Ecology and Conservation 22 *

Blowes, S. A., Supp, S. R., Antão, L. H., Bates, A., Bruelheide, H., Chase, J. M., ..., Winter, M., Bjorkman, A. D., Bowler, D. E., ..., Hines, J., Isbell, F., Jones, H. P., Navarro, L. M. et al.

(2019): The geography of biodiversity change in marine and terrestrial assemblages. Science 366(6463), 339-345 *

Bowler, D. E., Bjorkman, A. D., Dornelas, M., Myers-Smith, I. H., Navarro, L. M., ..., Blowes, S. A., Böhning-Gaese, K., Bruelheide, H., ..., Hines, J., ..., Cabral, J. S., Winter, M., Bates, A. E.

(2019): Mapping human pressures across the planet uncovers anthropogenic threat complexes. bioRxiv (in press) *

Hobern, D., Baptiste, B., Copas, K., Guralnick, R., Hahn, A., van Huis, E., Kim, E.-S., McGeoch, M., Naicker, I., Navarro, L., et al.

(2019): Connecting data and expertise: a new alliance for biodiversity knowledge. Biodiversity Data Journal 7, e33679

Perino, A., H. M. Pereira, L. M. Navarro, N. Fernandez, J. M. Bullock, S. Ceausu, A. Cortes-Avizanda, R. van Klink, T. Kuemmerle, A. Lomba, G. Pe'er et al.

(2019): Rewilding complex ecosystems. Science 364(6438), 351 *

Staude, I. R., Navarro, L. M., Pereira, H. M.

(2019): Range size predicts the risk of local extinction from habitat loss. Global Ecology and Biogeography (in press) *

Whitehorn, P. R., L. M. Navarro, M. Schroter, M. Fernandez, X. Rotllan-Puig, A. Marques

(2019): Mainstreaming biodiversity: A review of national strategies. Biological Conservation 235, 157-163 *

Ceia-Hasse, A., Navarro, L. M., Borda-de-Água, L., Pereira, H. M.

(2018): Population persistence in landscapes fragmented by roads: Disentangling isolation, mortality, and the effect of dispersal. Ecological Modelling 375, 45-53

Fernández-Manjarrés, J. F., Ruiz-Benito, P., Zavala, M. A., Camarero, J. J., Pulido, F., Proença, V., Navarro, L., et al.

(2018): Forest Adaptation to Climate Change along Steep Ecological Gradients: The Case of the Mediterranean-Temperate Transition in South-Western Europe. Sustainability 10(9), 1-18

Kissling, W. D., Walls, R., Bowser, A., Jones, M. O., Kattge, J., Agosti, D., Amengual, J., Basset, A., van Bodegom, P. M., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Denny, E. G., Deudero, S., Egloff, W., Elmendorf, S. C., Alonso García, E., Jones, K. D., Jones, O. R., Lavorel, S., Lear, D., Navarro, L. M., Pawar, S., Pirzl, R., Rüger, N., et al.

(2018): Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2(10), 1531-40

Muller-Karger, F. E., Miloslavich, P., Bax, N. J., Simmons, S., Costello, M. J., Sousa Pinto, I., Canonico, G., Turner, W., Gill, M., Montes, E., Best, B. D., Pearlman, J., Halpin, P., Dunn, D., Benson, A., Martin, C. S., Weatherdon, L. V., Appeltans, W., Provoost, P., Klein, E., Kelble, C. R., Miller, R. J., Chavez, F. P., Iken, K., Chiba, S., Obura, D., Navarro, L. M., Pereira, H. M., et al.

(2018): Advancing Marine Biological Observations and Data Requirements of the Complementary Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) Frameworks. Frontiers in Marine Science 5(211)

Navarro, L. M., Fernandez, N., Guerra, C., Guralnick, R., Kissling, W. D., Londono, M. C., Muller-Karger, F., Turak, E., Balvanera, P., Costello, M. J., Delavaud, A., El Serafy, G. Y., Ferrier, S., Geijzendorffer, I., Geller, G. N., Jetz, W., Kim, E. S., Kim, H., Martin, C. S., McGeoch, M. A., Mwampamba, T. H., Nel, J. L., Nicholson, E., Pettorelli, N., Schaepman, M. E., Skidmore, A., Pinto, I. S., Vergara, S., Vihervaara, P., Xu, H. G., Yahara, T., Gill, M., Pereira, H. M.

(2018): Monitoring biodiversity change through effective global coordination. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29, 158-69

Navarro, L. M., Marques, A., Proenca, V., Ceausu, S., Goncalves, B., Capinha, C., Fernandez, M., Geldmann, J., Pereira, H. M.

(2018): Restoring degraded land: contributing to Aichi Targets 14, 15, and beyond. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29, 207-14

Fernández, N., Navarro, L. M., Pereira, H. M.

(2017): Rewilding: A Call for Boosting Ecological Complexity in Conservation. Conservation Letters 10(3), 276-78

Rosa, I. M. D., Pereira, H. M., Ferrier, S., Alkemade, R., Acosta, L. A., Akcakaya, H. R., den Belder, E., Fazel, A. M., Fujimori, S., Harfoot, M., Harhash, K. A., Harrison, P. A., Hauck, J., Hendriks, R. J. J., Hernandez, G., Jetz, W., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S. I., Kim, H., King, N., Kok, M. T. J., Kolomytsev, G. O., Lazarova, T., Leadley, P., Lundquist, C. J., Marquez, J. G., Meyer, C., Navarro, L. M., Nesshöver, C., Ngo, H. T., Ninan, K. N., Palomo, M. G., Pereira, L. M., Peterson, G. D., Pichs, R., Popp, A., Purvis, A., Ravera, F., Rondinini, C., Sathyapalan, J., Schipper, A. M., Seppelt, R., Settele, J., Sitas, N., van Vuuren, D.

(2017): Multiscale scenarios for nature futures. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, 1416-1419

Santini, L., Belmaker, J., Costello, M. J., Pereira, H. M., Rossberg, A. G., Schipper, A. M., Ceaușu, S., Dornelas, M., Hilbers, J. P., Hortal, J., Huijbregts, M. A. J., Navarro, L. M., Schiffers, K. H., Visconti, P., Rondinini, C.

(2017): Assessing the suitability of diversity metrics to detect biodiversity change. Biological Conservation 213, 341-50

Schipper, A. M., Belmaker, J., de Miranda, M. D., Navarro, L. M., Böhning-Gaese, K., Costello, M. J., Dornelas, M., Foppen, R., Hortal, J., Huijbregts, M. A. J., Martín-López, B., Pettorelli, N., Queiroz, C., Rossberg, A. G., Santini, L., Schiffers, K., Steinmann, Z. J. N., Visconti, P., Rondinini, C., Pereira, H. M.

(2016): Contrasting changes in the abundance and diversity of North American bird assemblages from 1971 to 2010. Global Change Biology 22(12), 3948-59

Ceausu, S., Hofmann, M., Navarro, L. M., Carver, S., Verburg, P. H., Pereira, H. M.

(2015): Mapping opportunities and challenges for rewilding in Europe. Conservation Biology 29(4), 1017-27

Fernandez, M., Navarro, L. M., Apaza-Quevedo, A., Gallegos, S. C., Marques, A., Zambrana-Torrelio, C., Wolf, F., Hamilton, H., Aguilar-Kirigin, A. J., Aguirre, L. F., Alvear, M., Aparicio, J., Apaza-Vargas, L., Arellano, G., Armijo, E., Ascarrunz, N., Barrera, S., Beck, S. G., Cabrera-Condarco, H., Campos-Villanueva, C., Cayola, L., Paola Flores-Saldana, N., Fuentes, A. F., Carolina Garcia-Lino, M., Isabel Gomez, M., Higueras, Y. S., Kessler, M., Carlos Ledezma, J., Limachi, M., Lopez, R. P., Isabel Loza, M., Macia, M. J., Meneses, R. I., Miranda, T. B., Bruno Miranda-Calle, A., Fernando Molina-Rodriguez, R., Moraes, M., Isabel Moya-Diaz, M., Ocampo, M., Perotto-Baldivieso, H. L., Plata, O., Reichle, S., Rivero, K., Seidel, R., Soria, L., Teran, M. F., Toledo, M., Santiago Zenteno-Ruiz, F., Miguel Pereira, H.

(2015): Challenges and opportunities for the Bolivian Biodiversity Observation Network. Biodiversity 16(2-3), 86-98
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