Join us!

I am always open to new research ideas coming from master, graduate students, and postdocs. If you have an interesting idea fitting broadly with our overall perspective on ecosystem recovery, restoration, and conservation and consider the academic path, you may want to join us. I offer students a broad base on ecology, conservation and restoration ecology, continuous support to develop their research, help to develop the required analytical, experimental and writing skills, and connections to build their research networks.

What I best want from students and postdocs is motivation, grades may be required to apply for public calls, but enthusiasm, energy, and critical thinking way more important mind tools to achieve great outcomes from research. If you think you have them, this may be a good place for you.

Funding for PhD studies and postdoc is usually depending on calls by national and regional governments and private foundations in Spain and elsewhere. In Spain, we do not have teaching assistantships to support graduate students. You need to know that calls take a substantial time to resolve, between three and six month usually, but it may take up to nine months in some cases.

If we have open calls targeted to specific projects, we will post them here.

This is an uncomplete list of funding sources for PhDs and postdocs:


  • Ayudas formación de personal investigador, Universidad del País Vasco
  • Ayudas formación de personal investigador, Gobierno Vasco
  • Ayudas para formación de personal universitario, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
  • Becas “la Caixa”, Fundación La Caixa
  • Becas de investigación de la Fundación Tatina de Guzmán el Bueno


  • Contratos Juan de la Cierva – formación e incorporación

Asun and Nico collecting soil samples by a centenary beech in Artikutza (Navare)

Contact me!

David Moreno-Mateos
+34 944 014 690 ext. 177