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).
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.