Lluís Brotons

I am PhD in Biological sciences by the Barcelona University (UB) in Spain and currently senior researcher at the Forest Science Center of Catalonia (CTFC), associate researcher to CREAF and to the Catalan Ornithological Institute (ICO). I have conducted research in leading institutions in Spain, Finland, Canada, Australia and France and I am currently associated editor of Diversity & Distributions, the Ibis and Nature Conservation. Global change is a combination of rapid environmental changes at the global scale involving significant threats to human societies and ecological systems. Understanding and predicting the impacts of the different components of global change such as climate or land use change and the interactions between them on ecological communities is currently one of the major challenges to science. The approach that me and my research group are taking aims to cover this need in terrestrial agro-forestry systems and it is based on the integration of different approaches ranging from ecology, statistical, landscape and species distribution modelling to remote sensing science. Unravelling the causes of past changes in biodiversity patterns under environmental change (land abandonment, landscape fragmentation, climate change, agricultural intensification and changes in the disturbance regimes such as fires) allows the critical and adequate calibration and development of models of future ecosystem response to further change. Main research lines:

  • Understanding and predicting the impacts of the different land use, climate and disturbance regime changes on forest ecological communities at the landscape scale.

Selected papers: Brotons, L., Aquilué, N., de Cáceres, M., Fortin, M-J., & Fall, A. (2013) How Fire History, Fire Suppression Practices and Climate Change Affect Wildfire Regimes in Mediterranean Landscapes. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62392. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062392 pdf Puerta-Piñero, C., Espelta, J. M., Sánchez- Humanes, B., Rodrigo, A., Coll, L. & Brotons, L. (2012) History matters: Previous land use changes determine post-fire vegetation recovery in forested Mediterranean landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management 279: 121-127. pdf Gil-Tena, A., Brotons, L. & Saura, S. (2009). Mediterranean forests and forest bird distribution changes in the late XXth century in a context of global change. Global Change Biology 15:474-485. pdf Brotons, L., Herrando, S. & Pons, P. (2008). Wildfires and the expansion of threatened farmland birds: the ortolan bunting Emberiza hortulana in Mediterranean landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology 45:1059-1066. pdf Sirami, C., Brotons, L. Burfield, I., Fonderflyck, J. & Martin, J.L. (2008). Is land abandonment having an impact on biodiversity? A meta-analytical approach to bird distribution changes in the north-western Mediterranean. Biological conservation 141:450-459. pdf Contact: Phone: +34 973 48 17 52 (ext. 278) E-mail:lluis.brotons@ctfc.cat Professional web:biodiversitylandscapeecologylab.blogspot.com

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