Spatial ecology in a changing world

SCI Articles

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, […]

New article: Towards consistency in vegetation classification

With the aim of promoting methodological standardization in classification across countries and vegetation scientists Miquel de Cáceres from Ecoland has led an article in the Journal of Vegetation Science. Vegetation classification is a useful tool for basic and applied research as well as for environmental […]

New article: Modelling invasive alien species distributions from digital biodiversity atlases

A new article recently published in Diversity and Distributions and led by Arnald Marcer from the CREAF, presents a novel method to derive fine-resolution species distribution maps which are robust enough to explain data at different scales present in biodiversity databases. The method takes advantage […]

Nature Conservation – a new dimension in Open Access publishing bridging science and application

ECOLAND is participating in the launching of a new journal regarding Nature Conservation issues. This journal has its roots in the FP7 project SCALES. In its first editorial co-signed by its editors, including Lluís Brotons, the journal introduces its role as a new open access, […]

New article: Calibrating dispersal in hybrid species distribution models

In a new article published in Diversity and Distributions, two members of the ECO-LAND group (Miquel De Cáceres and Lluís Brotons) have studied the usefulness of a general-purpose bird monitoring programme (the common breeding bird survey of Catalonia, SOCC) for the calibration of dispersal parameters […]

New article: Recent fire history and connectivity determine bird distribution in landscapes dominated by land abandonment

In a new article published in the journal Landscape Ecology, members of the ECO-LAND lab led by Elena Lopez-Zozaya have analysed how landscape history and the pattern of recent fires determines the distribution dynamics of early succesional bird species in Mediterranean landscapes driven by land […]

New article: Modelling bird species distribution change in fire prone Mediterranean landscapes.

In this new article published in the journal Ecography, ECO-LAND members lab, in collaboration with Andrew Fall and Marie-Josée Fortin, present the development of new tools to model the distribution changes of species in dynamic  landscapes driven by perturbations such as fire. These developments are […]

New article: Climatic debt in birds and butterflies at a European scale

In a new article published in Nature Climate Change, an international team of researchers including Lluís Brotons, Sergi Herrando (ICO) and Constanstí Stefanescu (Museu Granollers) has analysed the lags between climate changes and biological responses (climatic debts) in birds and butterflies in Europe. The results […]

New article: Biogeography of species richness gradients.

In a new article published in Biological reviews, Lluís Brotons together with other CREAF researchers led by Jofre Carnicer, shed light on how adaptive traits contribute to the emergence and maintenance of species richness gradients. Empirical studies show that geographical clines in population parameters and […]

New article: Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and bird monitoring.

In this new article published in the journal the IBIS, members from EcoLand and BAC Labs together with engineers from the Polytechnics University of Catalonia and members of SIBOC, report on the use of a small UAS to monitor temporal changes in breeding population size […]

Valuing ecosystem services… or the economy of forest recovery after fire

In recent times there is an increasing recognition of the importance of ecosystem services founded on ecological processes to society. Carol Puerta-Piñero of the ECO-LAND lab has lead an article in the European Journal of Forest Research addressing the economic value of ecological processes behind […]