Spatial ecology in a changing world

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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 […]

Modelling the distribution of the European wild rabbit in fragmented environments

Ecoland members have investigated the factor affecting the occurrence of European wild rabbit in fragmented environments in a mountainous area of northwestern Spain (Gerês-Xurés Biosphere Reserve). The study has been led by Luis Tapia and conducted in collaboration with Jesús Domínguez and Maria Vidal from […]

Conservation planning in a dynamic world: Biodiversity and fire in the Mediterranean region

In response to the processes threatening biodiversity such as habitat loss, effective selection of priority conservation areas is required to ensure long term persistence of key species. However, reserve selection methods usually ignore the drivers of future habitat changes, thus compromising the effectiveness of conservation. […]

New article: The combined effects of land-use and novel fire regimes on bird distributions in the Mediterranean

In a new article published in Journal of Biogeography co-authored with M.J. Fortin, members of the ECOLAND group have investigated whether fire regimes resulting from the combination of climate change, fire-fighting policy and the spatial legacy of historical land use may affect the distribution of […]

New article: Effects of the non-native amphibian species Discoglossus pictus on the recipient amphibian community: niche overlap, competition and community organization

A new article led by Alex Richter-Boix (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Núria Garriga (Barcelona University, Spain), with support of Dani Villero from ECOLAND, examines the effects of the non-native Discoglossus pictus (Amphibia: Discoglossidae) on amphibian assemblages from the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, suggesting that […]

New article: TEASIng apart alien species risk assessments

Members of the ECOLAND group have participated in a new article in the journal Ecology Letters in which a rigorous, conceptual risk assessment framework to assess risks posed by invasive species has been proposed. The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Agency for Management of […]

New article: Local and landscape-scale biotic correlates of mistletoe distribution in Mediterranean pine forests

Ecoland members led by Núria Roura have investigated the determinants of the parasite species European Misletoe (Viscum album) in Mediterranean pine forests. The study has been conducted in the context of MONTES project and in collaboration with Daniel Garcia from Oviedo University, and Regino Zamora […]

New article: Using species combinations as ecological indicators

A new article published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution presents a novel statistical approach to determine ecological indicators using species data. Unlike in traditional indicator species analysis, the authors of this article led by Miquel de Cáceres allow indicators to be species combinations in […]

New article: Mapping from heterogeneous biodiversity monitoring data sources

Using monitoring data from farmland birds in Catalonia as study case, a new article published in Biodiversity and Conservation shows the advantages and limitations of mapping species distributions from data obtained from different monitoring programs commonly used in Europe. In this article the authors show […]

New article: Modelling seasonal changes in species distribution using remote sensing

Francesc Sardà-Palomera in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Animal Biology in the University of Barcelona (UB) and Lluis Brotons from ECOLAND, has lead a new article published in IBIS. Using the Common quail as a study model species, the article provides new insights […]

New article: Updating vegetation classifications.

How can existing vegetation classifications be updated when new plot data are obtained? Can we use the properties of plots classed as outliers to identify gaps in our understanding of vegetation patterns and so direct future enquiry? In a paper recently published in Journal of […]