Pere Casals

I am a plant biologist, specialized in plant-soil relationships in natural and man made ecosystems. In order to contribute to a sustainable management of agrosilvopastoral systems in a context of global change, my research interest focuses on the effects of management derived perturbations (e.g. prescribed fires, grazing) or land use and climate stresses (land abandonment, drought, temperature increase) on plant composition and structure, nutrient cycling and organic C stocks and fluxes. With a background in plant and soil sciences, I have a PhD in the University of Barcelona addressing plant and soil N dynamics after prescribed fires. At the present I am full-time researcher at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, after three year post-doc position at the Fundación CEAM (Paterna, Valencia). I have been involved in research projects assessing the effects of climate change and afforestation on plant structural patterns and biogeochemical cycles. Main research lines:

  • Land use and climate changes effects on the functional relations between soil and plants
  • Effects of management practices and land use changes on ecosystem, including plant biodiversity, pastoral interest and soil fertility.

Selected papers: Casals P, Romero J, Rusch GM, Ibrahim M. 2013. Soil organic C and nutrient contents under trees with different functional characteristics in seasonally dry tropical silvopastures. Plant and Soil,  DOI 10.1007/s11104-013-1884-9 pdf Martí-Roura M, Casals P, Romanyà J. 2013. Long-term retention of post-fire soil mineral nitrogen pools in Mediterranean shrubland and grassland. Plant and Soil,  DOI 10.1007/s11104-013-1714-0 pdf Montané F, Casals P, Dale MRT, 2011. How spatial heterogeneity of cover affects patterns of shrub encroachment into mesic grasslands.  PLoS ONE, 6(12): e28652. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028652 pdf Casals P, Lopez-Sangil L, Carrara A, Gimeno C, Nogués S, 2011. Autotrophic and heterotrophic contributions to short-term soil CO2 efflux following simulated summer precipitation pulses in a Mediterranean dehesa. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 25, GB 3012, doi:10.1029/2010GB003973 pdf Lopez-Sangil L, Rousk J, Wallander H, Casals P, 2011. Microbial growth measurements reveal that land-use abandonment promotes a fungal dominance of SOM decomposition in grazed Mediterranean ecosystems. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 47, 129–138  pdf Contact: Phone: 34 973 48 17 52 (ext. 273) Professional web:

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