I am ecologist working in the interface between fire ecology,  nature conservation and environmental management. My research is devoted to address the on-going environmental challenges that global change poses to our society and our planet. I am particularly interested in the interactions between disturbance regimes, land-use change and climate warming. The relationships among these driving forces are complex and need to be tackled with an holistic, proactive and adaptive management to identify Nature-based solutions (NbS) and ensure successful policy implementation. It also requires a cross-scale perspective that allows us to act locally through tailored-made management actions (e.g., fire management) embedded in global initiatives (such as the New Green Deal). 

I am currently working as post-doctoral researcher at Forest Science Centre of Catalonia funded by a ‘Juan de la Cierva – incorporation’ Fellowship. I am PI of the FirESmart project at BIOPOLIS/CIBIO (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources), in Portugal.  I was granted as ‘Profesor Contratado doctor’ by the ANECA, and I recently got the I3 Certificate of Scientific Excellence from the Ministry of Science and Innovation. I was selected to receive the Association for Fire Ecology’s 2022 Early Career Award (see complete CV, and social media & academic profiles). I am currently Associate Editor of the journal Fire Ecology and Guess Editor of several Special Issues. 

Keywords: Landscape ecology, Predictive ecology, Fire ecology, Environmental management, Fire-smart management, Nature-based Solutions, Conservation Biogeography, Ecosystem Services Trade-offs, Spatial Conservation Prioritisation, Conservation Biology, Bird conservation, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Science.

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…

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…

RGB composite from Landsat satellite images of the Lagoon Antela.