I am currently working as post-doctoral reseacher at Forest Science Centre of Catalonia funded by a ‘Juan de la Cierva’ Fellowship. I am also teaching at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and team member of ECOCHANGE at CIBIO/InBIO (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources).

Research Lines:

1) Global Change Ecology

2) Macroecology and Biogeography

3) Remote Sensing and Conservation

The combined effects of climate change and land abandonment processes that have taken place in Southern Europe over the last decades have led to highly flammable and fire-prone systems. Fire management policies are still largely focused on suppression and overlook land management issues, which may paradoxically accelerate the transition to more even flammable and fire-prone landscapes.

My research aims to investigate (1) how fire management and land use policies could lead to more effective wildfire mitigation while ensuring biodiversity conservation and long-term sustainable use of ecosystem services in the current context of global change, and (2) how to improve early-warning monitoring systems in fire-prone regions for more efficient, science-based decision-making.

To address these questions, we use a wide range of techniques: process-based models (such as spatially explicit fire-succession models or landscape dynamic models), Earth Observation data (e.g. Sentinel, Landsat mission, etc.) and remote sensing technologies (e.g. Google Earth Engine), predictive ecology (e.g. ecological niche models, community-level modelling), ecological indicators (e.g. Community Thermal Index), spatial conservation prioritization and optimization tools (e.g. MARXAN).

Research Interests
: Landscape ecology, Predictive ecology, Fire ecology, Conservation Biogeography, Spatial Conservation Prioritisation, Conservation Biology, Bird conservation, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Science.

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El funcionamiento de los ecosistemas influye en la aptitud de las especies en super predadores como el águila real    

Originally posted on Eagles News:
El cambio global está afectando gravemente el funcionamiento de los ecosistemas y la biodiversidad a nivel mundial. Los atributos funcionales de los ecosistemas (AFE) detectados remotamente son descriptores integradores del cambio ambiental y están estrechamente relacionados con los procesos que afectan directamente las cadenas alimentarias a través de las cascadas…

Cartografía de áreas queimadas en Galicia no século XXI: presentación do produto e aplicación web mapping

Galicia, a pesares de representar só o 6% do territorio do estado español, veuse afectada por máis do 40% dos incendios forestais ocorridos en España durante o período 2001-2010. Un 99% destes incendios son atribuídos directamente a accións antrópicas, sendo maioritariamente deliberados (75%). De acordo coas estatísticas históricas de incendios forestais do ministerio, entre 1968 e… Read more Cartografía de áreas queimadas en Galicia no século XXI: presentación do produto e aplicación web mapping

Wildfire–vegetation dynamics affect predictions of climate change impact on bird communities

Fire–vegetation dynamics (and not only climate) drive the variability of climate change indicators. Wildfire management and land use policies have the potential to offset or exacerbate the effects of climate change on biological communities, offering an excellent opportunity to address global change proactively. Our recent study, recently published in Ecography, suggests that climate change indicators… Read more Wildfire–vegetation dynamics affect predictions of climate change impact on bird communities

RGB composite from Landsat satellite images of the Lagoon Antela.