Spatial ecology in a changing world

SCI Articles

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 […]

New article: Identifying location and causality of fire ignition hotspots.

ECOLAND has contributed to a new article published in  in which a new methodology to identify the locations and causality of fire ignitions hotspots has been developed. The new article lead by Jose Ramon Gónzalez-Olabarria has been published in the International Journal of Wildland Fire. […]

Indicators of biological connectivity

Assu Gil-Tena has co-authored an article published in Ecological Indicators in which a new indicator of biological connectivity (i.e. species flow) was proposed and estimated from community assemblages through different regression techniques accounting for spatial autocorrelation and non-stationarity. Semi-natural grasslands of Brittany (NW France) were […]

New article: Patterns of beta diversity in Europe.

ECOLAND has taken part in a European, multi-taxa study to test the prediction that beta diversity (species turnover) and the decay of community similarity with distance depend on spatial resolution (grain). This study is a contribution to the FP7 project SCALES and also addressed whether […]

New article: Determinants of homogenization and differentiation of native freshwater fish in a Mediterranean Basin

A new article led by Virgilio Hermoso at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia), and in which Miguel Clavero has participated, provides new insights on the role that introduced species play in the homogenization process of freshwater fish communities and their relation with reservoirs. They evaluate the […]

New article: The effect of postfire salvage logging on bird communities in Mediterranean forests

In a new article led by Josep Rost and published in Journal of Applied Ecology together with the team from the University of Girona, the impacts of postfire salvage logging on Mediterranean bird communities have been investigated. Salvage logging benefits a number of open-habitat species, […]