2007 – 2011 PhD Biology (Paleoecology of the southern Gran Sabana (SE Venezuela) since the Late Glacial to the present), Dep. Animal Biology, Plant Biology & Ecology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Best PhD award.
2006 – 2008 MPhil (Diversity and function of Mediterranean ecosystems), Dep. Animal Biology, Plant Biology & Ecology, Autonomous University of Barcelona
2000 – 2005 Biology degree (5-years degree), University of Murcia
2015 - 2017 Beatriu de Pinos-Marie Curie COFUND postdoctoral fellowship, Institute of Earth Sciences “Jaume Almera” (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC)
2012 – 2015 NERC Research Fellow, Dep. Environment, Earth & Ecosystems, The Open University (UK)
2011 – 2012 Post-doctoral Research, Palynology & Paleoecology Lab, Botanic Institute of Barcelona (IBB)
2007 – 2011 PhD studentship (called FPI: Training of Research Staff) grant with reference BES-2007-16308 from the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain associated with the project number 00974-CGL2006
2006 – 2007 Assistant lecturer (part time position), Dep. Animal Biology, Plant Biology & Ecology, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Secretary of Humans and Biosphere commission (INQUA) for period 2015-2019
Advisory Board Member of the International Federation of Palynological Societies (IFPS)
Editor of PALYNOS (Newsletter of IFPS)
Regular reviewer of most important journals (>10) in my discipline since 2011
Reviewer Editorial Board of two sections in FRONTIERS, and Palynology
Editor of the HabCom Newsletter (Humans and Biosphere Commission of INQUA; 2012-2015).
Reviewer of scientific project proposals funded by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), German Research Foundation (DFG), British Ecology Society (BES), International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) or the Dutch Research Foundation (NWO)
External panel reviewer of international theses dissertation (PhD and master)
Palaeoecological applications of palynology
Biotic responses to environmental change and natural hazards
Palaeoecology and global warming
Tropical biodiversity and biogeography
The temporal continuum in ecology
Traditional knowledge for ecosystems services
Development of new palaeoecological proxies or techniques
Interview for newspaper La Opinión (Murcia, Spain) published 10/08/2015 about my career in international academia and research profile.
Organisation and leadership of the Open Research Meeting of FORSENS project (NERC funding). Hold at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (University of Amsterdam), Amsterdam 21-22nd August 2015.
Corella, J. P., Benito, G., Wilhelm, B., Montoya, E., Rull, V., Vegas-Vilarrúbia, T., & Valero-Garcés, B. L. (2019). A millennium-long perspective of flood-related seasonal sediment yield in Mediterranean watersheds. Global and Planetary Change, 177, 127–140. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.03.016
Loughlin, N. J. D., W. D. Gosling, A. L. Coe, P. Gulliver, P. Mothes, and E. Montoya Landscape-scale drivers of glacial ecosystem change in the montane forests of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.10.011.
Loughlin, N., Gosling, W., & Montoya, E. (2018). Identifying environmental drivers of fungal non-pollen palynomorphs in the montane forest of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. Quaternary Research, 89(1), 119-133. doi:10.1017/qua.2017.73
Montoya, E., H. F. Keen, C. X. Luzuriaga, and W. D. Gosling (2018), Long-Term Vegetation Dynamics in a Megadiverse Hotspot: The Ice-Age Record of a Pre-montane Forest of Central Ecuador, Frontiers in Plant Science, 9(196), doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00196.
Montoya, E., V. Rull, T. Vegas-Vilarrúbia, J. P. Corella, S. Giralt, and B. Valero-Garcés Grazing activities in the southern central Pyrenees during the last millennium as deduced from the non-pollen palynomorphs (NPP) record of Lake Montcortès, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2018.04.005.
Loughlin, N. J. D., W. D. Gosling, P. Mothes, and E. Montoya (2018), Ecological consequences of post-Columbian indigenous depopulation in the Andean–Amazonian corridor, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(8), 1233-1236, doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0602-7.
Montoya, E. 2018. Amazonia history: Contribution of palaeoecology to the scientific debate of pre-Columbian occupation and its effects on the ecosystems. Ecosistemas 27(1): 18-25. Doi.: 10.7818/ECOS.1444
Trapote, M. C., V. Rull, S. Giralt, J. P. Corella, E. Montoya, and T. Vegas-Vilarrúbia (2018), High-resolution (sub-decadal) pollen analysis of varved sediments from Lake Montcortès (southern Pyrenean flank): A fine-tuned record of landscape dynamics and human impact during the last 500 years, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 259, 207-222, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2018.10.002.
Rull, V., E. Montoya, I. Seco, N. Cañellas-Boltà, S. Giralt, O. Margalef, S. Pla-Rabes, W. D'Andrea, R. Bradley, and A. Sáez (2018), CLAFS, a Holistic Climatic-Ecological-Anthropogenic Hypothesis on Easter Island's Deforestation and Cultural Change: Proposals and Testing Prospects, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6(32), doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00032.
Rull, V., and E. Montoya Holocene vegetation dynamics on the Apakará summit of the neotropical Guayana Highlands and potential environmental drivers, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2017.02.007.
Rull, V., Vegas-Vilarrúbia, T. and Montoya, E. (2017), Paleoecology as a guide to landscape conservation and restoration in the neotropical Gran Sabana, Past Global Changes Magazine, doi: 10.1111/bre.12222.
Matthews-Bird, F., S. J. Brooks, W. D. Gosling, P. Gulliver, P. Mothes, and E. Montoya (2017), Aquatic community response to volcanic eruptions on the Ecuadorian Andean flank: evidence from the palaeoecological record, Journal of Paleolimnology, doi: 10.1007/s10933-017-0001-0.
Flantua S.G.A., Hooghiemstra, H., Vuille, M., Behling, H., Carson, J., Gosling, W., Hoyos, I., Ledru, M-P., Montoya, E., Mayle, F., Maldonado, A., Rull, V., Tonello, M., Whitney, B.S., and González Arango, C. 2016. Climate variability and human impact on the environment in South America during the last 2000 years: synthesis and perspectives. Climate of the past 12, 483-523, doi: 10.5194/cp-12-483-2016.
Safont, E., T. Vegas-vilarrúbia, V. Rull, B. K. Holst, O. Huber, S. Nozawa, Y. Vivas, X. Font, and A. Silva (2016b), Plant communities and environmental factors in the Guayana Highlands: monitoring for conservation under future climate change, Systematics and Biodiversity, 14(4), 327-344, doi: 10.1080/14772000.2015.1134700.
Matthews-Bird, F., Brooks, S.J., Holden, P.B., Montoya, E. & Gosling, W.D. 2016. Quantifying late-Holocene climate in t he Ecuadorian Andes using a chironomid-based temperature inference model. Climate of the Past 12, 1263-1280, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1263-2016. IF: 3.638
Safont, E., V. Rull, T. Vegas-Vilarrúbia, E. Montoya, O. Huber, and B. K. Holst (2016), Late Holocene vegetation and fire dynamics on the summits of the Guayana Highlands: The Uei-tepui palynological record, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 455, 33-43, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.05.008.
Rull, V., E. Montoya, T. Vegas-Vilarrúbia, and T. Ballesteros (2015b), New insights on palaeofires and savannisation in northern SouthAmerica, Quaternary Science Reviews, 122, 158-165, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.032.
Rull, V., T. Vegas-Vilarrúbia, and E. Montoya (2015c), Neotropical vegetation responses to Younger Dryas climates as analogs for future climate change scenarios and lessons for conservation, Quaternary Science Reviews, 115, 28-38, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.03.003.