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Arctic Research Center
Assistant Professor

Researcher Profile and Settings


  • Arctic Research Center

Job Title

    Assistant Professor



Research Interests

  • Arctic   Aquatic ecology   Disturbance ecology   Biogeography   Climate change ecology   

Research Areas

  • Applied aquatic science / Aquatic life science
  • Conservation of biological resources / Conservation of biological resources
  • Environmental science / Environmental dynamic analysis / Ecology

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2016/02 - Today    Hokkaido UniversityArctic Research CenterAssistant Professor
  • 2015/07 - 2015/12    National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, JapanCenter for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem StudiesResearch Associate
  • 2013/04 - 2015/10    Scottish Association for Marine ScienceEcology DepartmentResearch Associate in Climate Change Ecology
  • 2014/10 - 2015/03    National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, JapanCenter for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem StudiesVisiting researcher
  • 2011/08 - 2013/02    University of Dublin, Trinity CollegeEcology DepartmentResearch Associate
  • 2005/09 - 2006/09    Environment Protection Agency (Zamora, Spain)Wildlife DivisionForestry Engineer
  • 2001/07 - 2003/02    Estudios y Proyectos Linea (Environment Consultancy)Forestry engineer
  • 2000/04 - 2000/07    National Botanic GardensAssistant curator


  • 2006/09 - 2010/07  University of Dublin, Trinity College  Zoology  PhD
  • 2008 - 2008  University of Dublin, Trinity Col lege  Statistics  Postgraduate Diploma
  • 2003/09 - 2004/09  Napier University  School of Life Sciences  MSc Aquatic Ecosystem Management
  • 1999/09 - 2003/07  Universidad de Valladolid  Escuela Universitaria Politecnica Agraria  Ingeniero Superior de Montes (BSc Forestry Engineer)
  • 2002 - 2003  Universidad de Valladolid  Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • 1994/09 - 1998/09  Universidad de Valladolid  Escuela Universitaria Politecnica Agraria  Ingeniero Tecnico Forestal (Diploma Forestry Engineer)

Association Memberships

  • British Ecological Society   THE ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF JAPAN   

Research Activities

Published Papers

  • Cross‐taxon congruence of multiple diversity facets of freshwater assemblages is determined by large‐scale processes across China
    J. Xu, J. García Molinos, G. Su, S. S. Matsuzaki, M. Akasaka, H. Zhang, J. Heino
    Freshwater Biology 64 (8) 1492 - 1503 2019/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Drivers and Changes of the Poyang Lake Wetland Ecosystem
    Y. Wang, J. García Molinos, L. Shi, M. Zhang, Z. Wu, H. Zhang, J. Xu
    Wetlands 2019/07 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Spatially Structured Environmental Variation Plays a Prominent Role on the Biodiversity of Freshwater Macrophytes Across China
    M. Zhang, J. García Molinos, G. Su, H. Zhang, J. Xu
    Frontiers in Plant Science 10 e161  2019/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Improved fisheries management could offset many negative effects of climate change
    S.D. Gaines, C. Costello, B. Owashi, T. Mangin, J. Bone, J. García Molinos, M. Burden, H. Dennis, B.S. Halpern, C.V. Kappel, K.M. Kleisner, D. Ovando
    Science Advances 4 (8) eaao1378  2018/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Contemporary changes in structural dynamics and socioeconomic drivers of inland fishery in China
    K. Zhao, J. García Molinos, H. Zhang, M. Zhang, J. Xu
    Science of the Total Environment 648 1535 - 1535 2018/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Ocean currents and herbivory drive macroalgae-to-coral community shift under climate warming
    N.H. Kumagai, J. García Molinos, H. Yamano, S. Takao, M. Fujii, Y. Yamanaka
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (36) 8995 - 8995 2018/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Distribution shifts of marine taxa in the Pacific Arctic under contemporary climate changes
    I.D. Alabia, J. García Molinos, S.I. Saitoh, T. Hirawake, T. Hirata, F.J. Mueter
    Diversity and Distributions doi: 10.1111/ddi.12788 2018/06 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • I. Brito-Morales, J. García Molinos, D.S. Schoeman, M.T. Burrows, E.S. Poloczanska, C.J. Brown, S. Ferrier, T.D. Harwood, C.J. Klein, E. McDonald-Madden, P.J. Moore J.M. Pandolfi, J.E.M. Watson, A.S. Wenger, A.J. Richardson
    Trends in Ecology and Evolution 2018/04 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Functional and taxonomic differentiation of macrophyte assemblages across the Yangtze River floodplain under human impacts
    M. Zhang, J. García Molinos, X. Zhang, J. Xu
    Frontiers in Plant Science 9 Article 387  2018 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Ocean currents modify the coupling between climate change and biogeographical shifts
    J. García Molinos, M.T. Burrows, E.S. Poloczanska
    Scientific Reports 7 1332  2017/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. García Molinos, S. Takao, N.H. Kumagai, E.S. Poloczanska, M.T. Burrows, M. Fujii, and H. Yamano
    Global Change Biology 10.1111/gcb.13665 2017/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. Xu, H. Zhang, Y. Cai, J. García Molinos, M. Zhang
    Limnology and Oceanography 2016/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal) 
    Spatially segregated ecosystems are frequently subsidized by cross-habitat linkages, but the extent to which the functional links between habitats influence local community attributes, such as consumer and food web structure is still poorly understood. Using the bidirectional linkage between benthic and pelagic habitats in floodplain lakes, we address this important question by looking for evidence of an optimal extent of habitat linkage supporting maximum taxonomic richness and mean trophic level. We then ask if there are significant changes in these local community attributes between historical and current communities, and if these reflect the history of species loss resulting from the intense human alteration of these lakes. We found a strong optimal response of maximum richness and mean trophic level along the pelagic-benthic gradient, both across and within individual lakes. This is consistent with the expectation of optimal resource availability along the habitat linkage gradient supporting more and taxonomically richer communities. Comparison between historical and current assemblages revealed a significant decrease in the optimal linkage for maximum richness in response to the history of species loss, but not for maximum mean trophic level, probably a response to the increased habitat homogenization and enhanced productivity caused by the recent history of nutrient-enrichment and habitat alteration. Our study provides strong evidence of high diversity and trophic level occurring at intermediate levels of coupling between pelagic and benthic resources, suggesting assemblage reliance on multiple production sources, and offers novel insight into the responses of this relationship to species loss due to human activities.
  • E.S. Poloczanska, M.T. Burrows, C.J. Brown, García Molinos J., Halpern B.S, Hoegh-Guldberg O., Kappel C.V., Moore P.J, Richardson A.J, Schoeman D.S., Sydeman W.J.
    Frontiers in Marine Science 3  - JorgeGM 2016 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal) 
    Climate change is driving changes in the physical and chemical properties of the ocean that have consequences for marine ecosystems. Here, we review evidence for the responses of marine life to recent climate change across ocean regions, from tropical seas to polar oceans. We consider observed changes in calcification rates, demography, abundance, distribution, and phenology of marine species. We draw on a database of observed climate change impacts on marine species, supplemented with evidence in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We discuss factors that limit or facilitate species' responses, such as fishing pressure, the availability of prey, habitat, light and other resources, and dispersal by ocean currents. We find that general trends in species' responses are consistent with expectations from climate change, including shifts in distribution to higher latitudes and to deeper locations, advances in spring phenology, declines in calcification, and increases in the abundance of warm-water species. The volume and type of evidence associated with species responses to climate change is variable across ocean regions and taxonomic groups, with predominance of evidence derived from the heavily-studied north Atlantic Ocean. Most investigations of the impact of climate change being associated with the impacts of changing temperature, with few observations of effects of changing oxygen, wave climate, precipitation (coastal waters), or ocean acidification. Observations of species responses that have been linked to anthropogenic climate change are widespread, but are still lacking for some taxonomic groups (e.g., phytoplankton, benthic invertebrates, marine mammals).
  • J. García Molinos, B.S. Halpern, D.S. Schoeman, B.J. Christopher, W. Kiessling, P.J. Moore, J.M. Pandolfi, E.S. Poloczanska, A.J. Richardson, M.T. Burrows
    Nature Climate Change 6 (1) 83 - 88 2016 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal) 
    Garc?a Molinos J, et al. (2016) Climate velocity and the future global redistribution of marine biodiversity. Nature Clim. Change 6(1):83-88
  • G. Su, J. Xu, M. Akasaka, J. García Molinos, S.S. Matsuzaki
    Global Ecology and Conservation 4 470 - 478 2015 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J.G. Hiddink, M.T. Burrows, J. García Molinos Jorge
    Global Change Biology 21 (1) 117 - 129 2015 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. García Molinos, M. Viana, M. Brennan, I. Donohue
    PLoS ONE 10 (3) e0119253  2015 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. Xu, G. Su, Y. Xiong, M. Akasaka, J. García Molinos, S.S. Matsuzaki, M. Zhang
    Global Ecology and Conservation 3 288 - 296 2015 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • M.T. Burrows, D.S. Schoeman, A.J. Richardson, J. García Molinos, A. Hoffmann, L.B. Buckley, P.J. Moore, C.J. Brown, J.F. Bruno, C.M. Duarte, B.S. Halpern, O. Hoegh-Guldberg, C.V. Kappel, W. Kiessling, M.I. O'Connor, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Parmesan, W.J. Sydeman, S. Ferrier, K.J. Williams, E.S. Poloczanska
    Nature 507 (7493) 492 - 495 2014 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. García Molinos, I. Donohue
    Climatic Change 124 333 - 346 2014 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. García Molinos, I. Donohue
    Oecologia 166 (3) 795 - 806 2011 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. García Molinos, I. Donohue
    Ecological Applications 20 (7) 1794 - 1800 2010 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • I. Donohue, J. García Molinos
    Biological Reviews 84 (4) 517 - 531 2009 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. García Molinos, I. Donohue
    Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28 (1) 110 - 121 2009 [Refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • A. Martínez de Azagra, J. García Molinos
    Montes 83 47 - 53 2006 [Not refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • J. García Molinos, A. Martinez de Azagra, A. Llanos
    Ingenieria Civil 139 132 - 139 2005 [Not refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)
  • A. Martínez de Azagra, J. García Molinos
    Ingenieria Civil 132 83 - 93 2003 [Not refereed][Not invited]
     Research paper (scientific journal)

Books etc

  • Biogeographical Shifts and Climate Change
    García Molinos, J., E.S. Poloczanska, J. Olden, J. Lawler, and M.T. Burrows (In Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene. D. DellaSala, and M. Goldstein (Eds). ISBN 978-0-128-09665-9. Vol. 3, pp. 217-228)
    Elsevier (Oxford) 2017/11 Joint Work
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change in the Oceans
    Booth, D., E.S. Poloczanska, J. Donelson, J. García Molinos, and M.T. Burrows (In The Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture. B.F Phillips and M. Pérez-Ramírez (Eds). ISBN 978-1-119-15404-4. pp. 63-91. )
    Wiley 2017/11 Joint Work
  • Stream Habitat Fragmentation Caused by Road Networks in Spanish Low-order Forest Catchments
    García Molinos, J. (In Management of Mountain Watersheds. pp. 123-138)
    Springer Netherlands 2012 Single Work
  • Identification guide of freshwater macroinvertebrates of Spain
    García Molinos, J. (Freshwater Ecology)
    Springer Science & Business Media 2011/06 Contributor

Conference Activities & Talks

  • Improved fisheries management could offset many negative effects of climate change  [Invited]
    Gaines, S., C. Costello, B. Owashi, T. Mangin, J. Bone, J. García Molinos, M. Burden, H. Dennis, B. Halpern, C. Kappel, K. Kleisner, and D. Ovando
    Climate Change and Fisheries International Workshop —Challenges and Solutions for China and the World, Qingdao, China  2018/11
  • VoCC: A new R package for calculating the Velocity of Climate Change and related landscape climatic metrics.  [Not invited]
    García Molinos, J., D.S. Schoeman, C.J. Brown, N.H. Kumagai, and M.T. Burrows
    PICES Annual Meeting: Towards integrated understanding of ecosystem variability in the North Pacific, Yokohama, Japan  2018/11
  • Ocean currents and herbivory drive macroalgae-to-coral community shift under climate warming  [Invited]
    Kumagai, N.H., J. García Molinos, N., H. Yamano, S. Takao, M. Fujii, and Y. Yamanaka
    4th International Symposium on the Effect of Climate Change on the World's Oceans, Washington  2018/06
  • Predicting the effects of climate change on stream water temperatures across pan-Arctic river networks: a conservation perspective.  [Not invited]
    García Molinos, J., K. Christoffersen, and J. Culp
    ISAR-5, Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research, Tokyo  2018/01
  • Improving the interpretability of climate landscape metrics: an ecological risk analysis of Japan’s Marine Protected Areas  [Not invited]
    García Molinos, J., S. Takao, N.H. Kumagai, E.S. Poloczanska, M.T. Burrows, M. Fujii, and H. Yamano
    British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Ghent  2017/12
  • Ocean currents modify the coupling between climate change and biogeographical shifts  [Not invited]
    García Molinos, J., E.S. Poloczanska, and M.T. Burrows
    64th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan, Tokyo  2017/03
  • Going with the flow: ocean currents modify the coupling between climate change and biogeographical shifts  [Not invited]
    García Molinos, J., E.S. Poloczanska, and M.T. Burrows
    North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Annual Meeting  2016/11
  • Adapting on the move: anticipating the effects of a shifting climate on biodiversity  [Invited]
    García Molinos, J.
    1st Joint Lectures on Ecosystem Services and Water Resources Management. Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan  2015/03
  • Climate velocity and the future global redistribution of marine biodiversity  [Not invited]
    García Molinos, J., B. S. Halpern, D. S. Schoeman, C. J. Brown, W. Kiessling, P. J. Moore, J. M. Pandolfi, E. S. Poloczanska, A. J. Richardson, and M. T. Burrows
    Species on the Move. Hobart, Australia  2016/02
  • An assessment of the ecological coherency of the global marine protected area network under future climate change  [Invited]
    García Molinos, J., D. Schoeman, B. S. Halpern, E. Poloczanska, C. J. Brown, A. Richardson and M. T. Burrows
    IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia  2014/11
  • The velocity of climate change and the future global distribution of marine biodiversity  [Invited]
    García Molinos, J. and M. T. Burrows
    JAMSTEC International Workshop on Risk Information on Climate Change. Yokohama, Japan  2014/11
  • Disturbances in a changing environment: does the pattern matter?  [Not invited]
    Seminar series, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University. Fukuoka, Japan  2012/11
  • Effects of global climatic drivers and local settings on wáter level regimes of non-regulated Irish lakes  [Not invited]
    ASLO summer meeting, Otsu, Japan  2012/07


  • Marine climate change impacts: implications for the implementation of marine biodiversity legislation
    J. García Molinos (contribution)  MCCIP, Lowestoft  -16 pp. doi:10.14465/2015.mbl00  2015   [Not refereed] [Invited]  Prompt report, short report, and research note, etc. (bulletin of university, research institution)

Awards & Honors

  • Napier University, Edinburgh, U.K.   Karen Fretwell Memorial award by Napier University
       Best student of 2003-2004 MSc Aquatic Ecosystem Management  

Research Grants & Projects

  • Ecological resilience to climate change and extinctions in subarctic freshwaters (EC-51224R-18)
    National Geographic Society:Early Career Grants
    Date (from‐to) : 2019/04 -2019/12 
    Author : S. Ross (PhD candidate, grantee), I. Donohue (PhD supervisor), J. García Molinos (host supervisor)
  • Shifting climate as a predictor for change in marine biodiversity at local, regional and global scales (NE/J024082/1)
    U.K. National Environmental Research Council:Standard Grant (FEC)
    Date (from‐to) : 2012/11 -2017/07 
    Author : M.T. Burrows (PI), J. García Molinos (PDRA - associated to project 2013-2015)
  • Meeting quality objectives: Prediction of lake ecosystem recovery from internal and external nutrient loading (ref. 2339; grant offered but rejected by candidate)
    Irish Environmental Protection Agency:Science, Technology, Research & Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme
    Date (from‐to) : 2013/03 -2015/04 
    Author : J. García Molinos (PI)
  • Climate Velocity and marine spatial planning in Japanese waters (JSPS/FF1/434)
    Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science:Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers
    Date (from‐to) : 2014/10 -2015/03 
    Author : J. García Molinos
  • DOLMANT - development targeted ecological modelling tools for lake management
    European Union:European Regional Development Programme, INTERREG
    Date (from‐to) : 2011 -2014 
    Author : I. Donohue (co-PI), J. García Molinos (PDRA, associated to the project August 2011-February 2013)

Educational Activities

Teaching Experience

Committee Membership

  • 2018/08 - Today   Ecofortitude NGO   Board Member

Social Contribution

  • Student mentor for the Publons Academy for peer review training
    Date (from-to) : 2017-Today
    Role : Advisor
    Category : Internet
    Sponser, Organizer, Publisher  : Publons
  • Frontiers in Marine Science, Review Editor for the specialty section "Global Change and the Future Ocean"
    Date (from-to) : 2015-Today
    Role : Editor
  • Japan-Asia Sakura Youth Exchange Programme is Science Exchange
    Date (from-to) : 2018/08/06-2018/08/06
    Role : Lecturer
    Category : Seminar or workshop
  • Featured in issues 5 and 7 of Hokkaido University Times
    Date (from-to) : 2018/03-2018/10
    Role : Interviewee
    Category : Newspaper or magazine
  • Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, Subject Matter Editor
    Date (from-to) : 2014-2015
    Role : Editor

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