Spatial ecology in a changing world

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New article: Predicting the future effectiveness of protected areas for bird conservation in Mediterranean ecosystems under climate change and novel fire regime scenarios

New article: Predicting the future effectiveness of protected areas for bird conservation in Mediterranean ecosystems under climate change and novel fire regime scenarios

Global change challenges traditional conservation approaches based on the selection of static protected areas due to their limited ability to deal with the dynamic nature of driving forces relevant to biodiversity. The Natura 2000 network (N2000) constitutes a major milestone in biodiversity conservation in Europe, […]

New article: Optimising long-term monitoring projects for species distribution modelling.  How atlas data may help

New article: Optimising long-term monitoring projects for species distribution modelling. How atlas data may help

In this work, recently published in Ecography, we provide a method based on modern atlas data to guide the establishment of monitoring projects that will deliver useful data to build accurate distribution models. Long-term monitoring data are used to evaluate population trends, but they may […]

New article: Dartford Warbler, unplanned fires and biodiversity conservation

New article: Dartford Warbler, unplanned fires and biodiversity conservation

Mediterranean landscapes are highly dynamic systems. Climate change is one of the most powerful driving forces of these dynamics and, in the Mediterranean basin, its severity has markedly increased in recent years. However, climate change impacts on biodiversity are often also indirect through changes in […]

New article: Predictive modelling of fire occurrences from different fire spread patterns in Mediterranean landscapes

New article: Predictive modelling of fire occurrences from different fire spread patterns in Mediterranean landscapes

In a new work published recently in International Journal of Wildland Fire, we present a modelling exercise for predicting different fire spread patterns in Catalonia, NE Spain. We introduce mathematically a novel classification of fires according to dominant fire spread pattern, an approach considered in […]

New article: Rewilding: a potential alternative approach to conservation in abandoned mountain areas?

New article: Rewilding: a potential alternative approach to conservation in abandoned mountain areas?

Land-use change is a large component of global change and the effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services currently represent a major challenge for ecologists and conservationists. Several authors have recently suggested that REWILDING may be an appealing conservation response to farmland abandonment in areas of […]

Tools for exploring habitat suitability for biodiversity under scenarios of rapid land use change.

Tools for exploring habitat suitability for biodiversity under scenarios of rapid land use change.

A new article published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment used scenario development based on changes in key socioeconomic drivers together with resource-based habitat suitability models to develop plausible visions of future pathways of agricultural land use and evaluate their potential consequences on conservation of target […]

New article: Woodland bird response to landscape connectivity in an agriculture-dominated landscape

New article: Woodland bird response to landscape connectivity in an agriculture-dominated landscape

In a new study published in the journal Community Ecology, Assu Gil-Tena and co-workers  have assessed the role of landscape connectivity in woodland bird species richness, abundance, and community similarity in north-east Brittany (north-west France). Over the last 30 years, ecological networks have been deployed […]

New article: Species Distribution Models and Impact Factor Growth in Environmental Journals

New article: Species Distribution Models and Impact Factor Growth in Environmental Journals

In this work, we evaluate the impact of species distribution models (SDMs) on the current status of environmental and ecological journals by asking the question to which degree development of SDMs in the literature is related to recent changes in the impact factors of ecological […]

New article: Reassessing global change research priorities in Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems:

In a new article summarising findings from the CONSOLIDER-MONTES project, researchers involved in this project revisit the research priorities proposed in 1998 to unravel the challenges that global changes induce in Mediterranean systems. Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems serve as reference laboratories for the investigation of global […]

New Article: Indicators of the impact of land use changes using large-scale bird surveys: Land abandonment in a Mediterranean region

New Article: Indicators of the impact of land use changes using large-scale bird surveys: Land abandonment in a Mediterranean region

In a new article recently published in Ecological Indicators, we developed a methodology to generate indicators capable to track the impact of land use changes in biodiversity using data from large scale monitoring projects. In particular we applied the proposed methodology to generate indicators to […]

New article: Using Unplanned Fires to Help Suppressing Future Large Fires in Mediterranean Forests.

New article: Using Unplanned Fires to Help Suppressing Future Large Fires in Mediterranean Forests.

In a new article published in PLOS ONE, we assessed changes in fire suppression policies and their impact on fire regimes. Modulating fire suppression efforts in mild weather conditions is an appealing but hotly-debated strategy to use unplanned fires and associated fuel reduction to create […]

New article: A Resource-Based Modelling Framework to Assess Habitat Suitability for Steppe Birds in Semiarid Mediterranean Agricultural Systems.

A new article has been published in PLoS ONE by ECOLAND and BACLAB members, with the collaboration of researchers from the IREC-CSIC, EEZA-CSIC, University of East Anglia and University of Lleida. In this work included in the Steppeahead project included in the Proyecto 0 call […]

New article: Historical Ecology and Invasion Biology: Long-Term Distribution Changes of Introduced Freshwater Species

In this work, Miguel Clavero (Estación Biológica de Doñana, Sevilla) with support of Dani Villero (ECOLAND) show how analysis of historical datasets may have implications for present-day environmental management. Based on Spanish historical written accounts from the sixteenth century to the present, they describe the […]

New article: Incorporating spatial constraints in different periods of the annual cycle improves species distribution model performance for a highly mobile bird species

Incorporating spatial constraints in different periods of the annual cycle improves species distribution model performance for a highly mobile bird species A new article published in Diversity & Distributions and lead by Laura Cardador from the ECOLAND group, examines the role that pure distance effects […]

New article: Predicting species distributions for conservation decisions

The new article published in Ecology Letters aims at facilitating the use of Species distribution models (SDMs) in decision making and conservation. This article has been magnificently led by Antoine Guisan (Univ. Genève) and is derived from a series of workshops hosted by CEED on […]