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Andrés Lira

Researcher, Cátedras CONACyT, Instituto de Ecología A.C., Cátedras Conacyt - Red de Estudios Moleculares Avanzados
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Advisor: Jorge Soberón, Town Peterson
Research Interests: abundance, central-peripheral hypothesis, ecological niche, genetic diversity, mistletoe, phylogeography, scaling
Hometown: Zamora, Michoacán, México


  • B.S., Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2001
  • M.S., Environmental Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2006


  • Villalobos, F., Lira-Noriega, A., Soberón, J. & Arita, H.T. 2013. Range–diversity plots for conservation assessments: Using richness and rarity in priority setting. Biological Conservation, 158, 313-320.
  • Owens, H.L., Campbell, L.P., Dornak, L.L., Saupe, E.E., Barve, N., Soberón, J., Ingenloff, K., Lira-Noriega, A., Hensz, C.M., Myers, C.E. & Peterson, A.T. 2013. Constraints on interpretation of ecological niche models by limited environmental ranges on calibration areas. Ecological Modelling, 263, 10-18.
  • Mark B. Robbins, Thomas S. Schulenberg, Daniel F. Lane, Andrés M. Cuervo, Laurence C. Binford, Árpád S. Nyári, Mariela Combe, Enrique Arbeláez-Cortés, Walter Wehtje, Andrés Lira-Noriega. 2013. Puno, Peru, revisited: vegetation cover and avifauna changes over a 30-year period. Bulletin British Ornithologists’ Club 01/2013; 133(1):31-51.
  • Saupe E.E., Barve V., Myers C.E., Soberón J., Barve N., Hensz C.M., Peterson A.T., Owens H.L. & Lira-Noriega A. 2012. Variation in niche and distribution model performance: The need for a priori assessment of key causal factors. Ecological Modelling, 237–238, 11-22.
  • John M. Schukman, Andrés Lira-Noriega, and A. Townsend Peterson. 2011. Multiscalar ecological characterization of Say’s and Eastern phoebes and their zone of contact in the Great Plains. Condor 113: 372-384.
  • Barve, N., V. Barve, A. Jimenez-Valverde, A. Lira-Noriega, S. P. Maher, A. T. Peterson, J. Soberon, and F. Villalobos. 2011. The crucial role of the accessible area in ecological niche modeling and species distribution modeling. Ecological Modelling 222:1810-1819.
  • Banks, W. E., T. Aubry, F. d'Errico, J. Zilhao, A. Lira-Noriega, and A. T. Peterson. 2011. Eco-cultural niches of the Badegoulian: Unraveling links between cultural adaptation and ecology during the Last Glacial Maximum in France. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 30:359-374.
  • Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza, Andrés Lira-Noriega, María del Coro Arizmendi, Humberto Berlanga, Patricia Koleff, Jaime García-Moreno y A. Townsend Peterson. Áreas de conservación para las aves de México: integrando criterios de priorización. CONABIO. (Book chapter—In press)
  • Tania Urquiza Haas, Patricia Koleff, Andrés Lira Noriega, Melanie Kolb, Jesús Alarcón. Selección de áreas prioritarias para la conservación de los vertebrados terrestres: ¿es posible usar un grupo como indicador? CONABIO. (Book chapter—In press)
  • López Acosta, J. C., A. Lira Noriega, I. Cruz y R. Dirzo. 2011. La proliferación de luces nocturnas: Un indicador de actividad antrópica en México. CONABIO. Biodiversitas, 94:1-5.
  • Jiménez-Valverde, A., A. Lira-Noriega, A. T. Peterson, and J. Soberón. 2010. Marshalling Existing Biodiversity Knowledge to the Challenge of Evaluating Biodiversity Status and Trends in Regional Planning Exercises. Ecological Research 25(5): 947-957.
  • Jiménez-Valverde, Alberto, Narayani Barve, Andrés Lira-Noriega, Sean P. Maher, Yoshinori Nakazawa, Monica Papeş, Jorge Soberón, Jeet Sukumaran, and A. Townsend Peterson. 2010. Dominant Climate Influences on North American Bird Distributions. Global Ecology and Biogeograpy 20(1):114-118.
  • Vega, Rodrigo, Camilla Fløjgaard, Andrés Lira-Noriega, Yoshinori Nakazawa, Jens-Christian Svenning and Jeremy B. Searle. 2010. Northern glacial refugia for the pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus) in Europe revealed by phylogeographic analyses and species distribution modelling. Ecography 33:260-271.
  • Jiménez-Valverde, Alberto, Yoshinori Nakazawa, Andrés Lira-Noriega and A. Townsend Peterson. 2009. Environmental Correlation Structure and Ecological Niche Model Projections. Biodiversity Informatics, 6, 28-35.
  • Urquiza-Haas, T., M. Kolb, P. Koleff, A. Lira-Noriega, J. Alarcn. 2009. Methodological approach to identify Mexico’s terrestrial priority sites for conservation. Gap Analysis Bulletin. 16: 60-70.
  • A. T. Peterson, N. Barve, L. Mauricio Binib, J. A. Diniz-Filhob, A. Jiménez-Valverde, A. Lira-Noriega, J. Lobo, S. Maher, P. de Marco, Jr., E. Martínez-Meyer, Y. Nakazawa and J. Sobern. 2009. The climate envelope may not be empty. PNAS, vol. 106, no. 16, E47.
  • Koleff, P., M. Tambutti, I. March, R. Esquivel, C. Cantú, y A. Lira-Noriega. 2009. Identificacin de prioridades y análisis de vacíos y omisiones en conservacin de la biodiversidad de México, en Capital natural de México, vol. II: Estado de conservacin y tendencias de cambio. Conabio, México, pp. 651-718.
  • Koleff, P., J. Sobern, H.T. Arita, P. Dávila, . Flores-Villela, J. Golubov, G. Halffter, A. Lira-Noriega, et al. 2008. Patrones de diversidad espacial en grupos selectos de especies, en Capital natural de México, vol. I: Conocimiento actual de la biodiversidad. Conabio, México, pp. 323-364.


  • Lira-Noriega, A., J. Soberón and A.T. Peterson. 2011. A comparison of mechanistic and correlative modeling approaches to understand species distributions at different spatial scales. 96th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. August 8.
  • Miller, C.P., A. Lira-Noriega and J. Soberón. 2011. Modeling of processes of a mistletoe population in the Southwestern United States. 96th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. August 11. Poster presentation.
  • Fabricio Villalobos, Andrés Lira-Noriega, Jorge Soberón and Héctor T. Arita. 2011. Range-diversity plots for conservation planning: using richness and rarity in priority setting. International Biogeography Society (IBS), Crete. January 10.
  • Lira-Noriega, A. 2010. Insights on the distribution of the desert mistletoe. Center of Latin American Studies—Meriendas (KU), October.
  • Lira-Noriega, A. 2010. A GIS and object oriented classification application to the problem of scaling ecological patterns and processes. GIS Day, KU, November.
  • Schukman, J.M., Andrés Lira-Noriega and A. Townsend Peterson. 2009. Ecological characterization of Say’s and Eastern Phoebes at multiple spatial scales. 127th Stated AOU Meeting (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12-15 August 2009).
  • Jorge Soberón and Andrés Lira-Noriega. 8th Annual Symposium GIS Day at KU. Presentation. 2009. An analysis of conservation gaps for Mexico. November 18, 2009.
  • Lira- Noriega, A. Jorge Soberón, Patricia Koleff,Héctor T. Arita, Patricia Dávila, Oscar Flores-Villela, Gonzalo Halffter, Claudia E. Moreno, Elizabeth Moreno, Mariana Munguía, Miguel Murguía, Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza, Oswaldo Téllez, Leticia Ochoa-Ochoa, A. Townsend Peterson and Pilar Rodríguez. 2008. Spatial diversity patterns of the Mexican vertebrales. 93rd Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 4.
  • Soberón, J. and A. Lira-Noriega. 2008. The association of environmental variables with diversity measures at different spatial scales. 93rd Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 4.


  • 2013. KU EEB Summer Research: $2000 US
  • 2012. JRS Biodiversity Foundation. Grant $9900 US. “Gaps in institutional capacities in relation to biodiversity priorities in Africa”
  • 2010.  Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Grant. 4,000 euros. “A Comparison of Correlative and Mechanistic Ecological Niche Modeling Approaches for Understanding Biodiversity Pattern”
  • 2010. GIS Day at KU, 2nd Place Speaker.  $150 US.
  • 2010. Tinker Summer Field Research Grant. $1350 US dls (includes a matching fund from the Biodiversity Institute, The University of Kansas). “Mapping of the distribution of the hemiparasitic plants Phoradendron californicum and P. serotinum (Viscaceae) at different spatial scales.”
  • 2009. Marcia Brady Tucker Student Travel Award for presenting at the 127th Stated AOU Meeting (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12-15 August)
  • 2009— NHM Panorama Fund—$1000.00
  • 2008– CONACYT Fellowship


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