CREAF-CSIC

Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas (CREAF-CSIC) :

Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas (CREAF-CSIC)

josep.penuelas@uab.cat

Global Ecology.

Dr. Jordi Sardans (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Jordi Sardans (CREAF-CSIC)

j.sardans@creaf.uab.cat

Study the impacts of N loadings on soil-plant-atmosphere system shifts and their relationships with P concentration N:P ratio and general elemental composition and stoichiometric shifts. Study the impacts of nutrient imbalances in human ecology and nutrition.

Dr. Iolanda Filella (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Iolanda Filella (CREAF-CSIC)

i.filella@creaf.uab.cat

Development of remote sensing techniques to assess plant and ecosystem functioning, global and climate change effects on the structure and functioning of Mediterranean ecosystems, mechanisms and functions of plant-emitted volatile organic compounds.

Dr. Jofre Carnicer (University of Barcelona – UB and CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Jofre Carnicer (University of Barcelona – UB and CREAF-CSIC)

jofre@creaf.uab.cat

Plant-herbivore  interactions, arthropod biodiversity responses, wood growth and dendroecology.

Dr. Marc Peaucelle (CREAF-CSIC) : Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Marc Peaucelle (CREAF-CSIC)

marc.peaucelle@lsce.ipsl.fr

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an environmental scientist currently working on the representation of plants in global terrestrial biosphere models.

I'm particularly interested in the interactions between the vegetation and their environment, but also their ability to face environmental changes.

Dr. Romà Ogaya (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Romà Ogaya (CREAF-CSIC)

r.ogaya@creaf.uab.cat

Global change effects in plant ecophysiology. Climate change and nitrification effects in plant photosynthetic activity, chlorophyll fluorescence, water relations, and ecosystem productivity.

Dr. Dolores Asensio (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Dolores Asensio (CREAF-CSIC)

loles@creaf.uab.cat

Soil enzyme activity, microbial biomass, microbial stoichiometry, soil VOCs.

Dr. Marcos Fernández-Martínez (CREAF-CSIC) : Junior coordinator of the IMBALANCE-P

Dr. Marcos Fernández-Martínez (CREAF-CSIC)

m.fernandez@creaf.uab.cat

Junior coordinator of the IMBALANCE-P

My main contribution to the IMBALANCE-P project is to gather, ensemble and analyse different ecological databases with the aim of studying the effect of nutrient availability, biodiversity and climate on forest features, productivity and carbon balance from a macroecological perspective.

Dr. Xavier Domene (CREAF) : Research Scholar

Dr. Xavier Domene (CREAF)

x.domene@creaf.uab.cat

Research Scholar

Soil science, soil biology, ecotoxicology, soil quality indicators, soil ecosystem services and biochar.

Dr. Adrià Barbeta (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Adrià Barbeta (CREAF-CSIC)

a.barbeta@creaf.uab.cat

I am focused on the development of tree-ring chronologies within gradients of nutrient availability in French Guiana and in fertilization experiments, using classical dendrochronological approaches plus tree-ring isotopes techniques.

I am also interested in the effects of experimental fertilization and nutrient availability on the linkage between belowground water movement mediated by roots (hydraulic lift and downward siphoning) and root nutrient uptake. More generally, I would like to explore the effect of nitrogen addition and/or phosporus limitation on plant water relations of tropical, mediterranean and temperate forests.

Dr. Marc Estiarte (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Marc Estiarte (CREAF-CSIC)

m.estiarte@creaf.uab.cat

Climate change effects on ecosystem productivity, plant phenology and soil gas exchange. Climate change experiments on natural ecosystems.

Dr. Francesc Sabater i Comas : Professor

Dr. Francesc Sabater i Comas

fsabater@ub.edu

Professor

Linking aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, nutrient cycling in freswhater and riparian forest ecosystems.

Dr. Rossella Guerrieri : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Rossella Guerrieri

r.guerreri@creaf.uab.cat

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

My research activities have aimed to gain a deep understanding of the coupled C-N-H2O cycling in forests, by linking different scales of investigations, i.e., from the tree to the ecosystem, and methodological approaches (e.g., stable C and O isotopes in leaves and tree rings, eddy covariance data). During my Marie Curie fellowship at the CREAF I will focus on tree canopies and their role in altering the chemical composition of precipitation and, consequently, the nutrient cycling within forests. I will explore the biological diversity hidden in the canopies, particularly bacteria, and its role in processing the atmospheric N.

Dr. Mireia Bartrons (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Mireia Bartrons (CREAF-CSIC)

mireia.bartrons@creaf.uab.cat

Food web and ecosystem ecology. I'm interested on the effects of P shortages and N to P stoichiometric imbalance at organism and community level through the use of metabolic state markers, stable isotopes and organic pollutants. We will focus on soil-plant-arthropod communities across environmental gradients of nutrients, water and temperature in Guiana, Catalonia and Iceland.

Dr. Benjamin Stocker : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Benjamin Stocker

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

I am a climate and environmental scientist with a special interest in interactions between climate change and terrestrial ecology and biogeochemistry. My work is dedicated to providing data-informed predictions of how land ecosystems respond to a changing climate, increasing CO2 and changes in nutrient cycles. I'm developing numerical models, as simple as possible and as complex as necessary to learn the most.

Dr. Manuela Balzarolo : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Manuela Balzarolo

Manuela.Balzarolo@uantwerpen.be

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

My main research topic is the application of proximal and remote sensing techniques to explore the terrestrial ecosystem biochemical responses to climate change and drought. I’m currently working on modelling ecosystem phenology, productivity, carbon and water fluxes and by using satellite observations from different sensors.

Project name: INDRO - Remote sensing INdicators for DROught monitoring

Marta Camino (CREAF-CSIC and Antwerp University) :

Marta Camino (CREAF-CSIC and Antwerp University)

m.camino@creaf.uab.cat

My work focuses on improving the representation of soil C dynamics in the soil module of the land surface model ORCHIDEE. More specifically, I am implementing and validating a new representation of the leaching of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from soil into rivers and of  13C in soil.

Rosa Casanovas (CREAF-CSIC) :

Rosa Casanovas (CREAF-CSIC)

rosa.casanovas@creaf.uab.cat

Technical administrative assistant

Dr. Ander Achotegui (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Ander Achotegui (CREAF-CSIC)

a.achotegui@creaf.uab.cat

In Imbalance-P, my research will focus on floral volatile emissions, studying how dependent they are on nutrient availability. I will also investigate if these possible changes have effects on pollinator attraction and pollination success.

Dr. Gerard Farré (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Gerard Farré (CREAF-CSIC)

g.farre@creaf.uab.cat

Gerard Farré Armengol is biologist for the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is doing his PhD thesis at the Global Ecology Unit CREAF-CEAB-CSIC studying the biotic and abiotic factors that affect the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by flowers, as well as the effects of changes in floral emissions on the plant-pollinator interaction.

Dr. Joan Llusià (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Joan Llusià (CREAF-CSIC)

j.llusia@creaf.uab.cat

VOCs.

Dr. Albert Gargallo (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Albert Gargallo (CREAF-CSIC)

a.gargallo@creaf.uab.cat

Metabolome of phosphorus in soil and plant by 31P NMR.

Dr. Oriol Grau (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Oriol Grau (CREAF-CSIC)

Oriol.grau@creaf.uab.cat

I will focus on the relationship between vegetation structure, demography and plant diversity in contrasting soil fertility conditions.

Dr. Olga Margalef (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Olga Margalef (CREAF-CSIC)

o.margalef@creaf.uab.cat

Geochemical aspects of phosphorus cycle.

Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC) : Technician

Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC)

Technician

Algorithm development for the estimation of biophysical variables (LAI, FAPAR, and FCOVER) from Sentinel-3 observations, using existing satellite products and synthetic data sets as training data for machine learning models.

Project: C-GLOPS1 project

Anna Escolà : Technician

Anna Escolà

annikuni@gmail.com

Technician

Technician

Pere Roc Fernández Garberí : Technician

Pere Roc Fernández Garberí

pererocfg@gmail.com

Technician

Chemical technician.

Carlos López (CREAF-CSIC) :

Carlos López (CREAF-CSIC)

carlos.lopez.mari@hotmail.com

Remote Sensing & GIS technician.

Daijun Liu (CREAF-CSIC) :

Daijun Liu (CREAF-CSIC)

d.liu@creaf.uab.cat

I focus on global change effects on forest ecosystem structure and function, especially on ecophysiological and demographical changes. I will study climate change and nutrient availability on forest growth, tree mortality and species recruitment, richness and vegetation productivity.

Dr. Lei Liu (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Lei Liu (CREAF-CSIC)

liulei406@gmail.com

I’m interested in soil microbial mediation of ecosystem response to global changes in land use, nitrogen deposition, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, with a particular focus on tropical forests. Besides, my work also included soil functional microorganisms such as mycorrhizal fungi which involved in P cycle response to global climate change.

Dr. Guille Peguero (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Guille Peguero (CREAF-CSIC)

guille.peguero@creaf.uab.cat

Within IMBALANCE-P I’m going to study the bottom-up effects of nutrient imbalances at local and regional scales on the composition and phylogenetic structure of soil mesofaunal communities.

I’d like to take advantage of recently developed metabarcoding techniques to uncover cryptic diversity and to infer potential mechanisms of community assemblage in poorly known taxonomic groups such as springtails and mites.

Dr. Albert Rivas (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Albert Rivas (CREAF-CSIC)

a.rivas@creaf.uab.cat

My expertise is in the field of Ecometabolomics to understand how metabolomes of organisms shift under environmental changes. In IMBALANCE-P I will apply ecometabolomics techniques to systems such as atmosphere (atmo-ecometabolomics) and soils (community ecometabolomics).

Dr. Catherine Preece (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Catherine Preece (CREAF-CSIC)

c.preece@creaf.uab.cat

My project will investigate the mechanisms determining interactions between plants, soil micro-organisms, soil fertility and climate in Mediterranean ecosystems. I will determine how increased drought affects these interactions with a particular focus on root exudates, which provide a link between plants and the soil community. This will ultimately increase our understanding about the importance of soil communities for ecosystem stability.

Dr. Laura Rico (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Laura Rico (CREAF-CSIC)

l.rico@creaf.uab.es

Research experience in Plant Molecular Biology applied to Molecular Ecology, Plant Genetics, Plant Biology and Genetic resources.

Dr. Constanti Stefanescu (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Constanti Stefanescu (CREAF-CSIC)

canliro@gmail.com

Plant-herbivore interactions, arthropod biodiversity responses.

Ifigenia Urbina (CREAF-CSIC) :

Ifigenia Urbina (CREAF-CSIC)

i.urbina@creaf.uab.cat

Abiotic and biotic factors determinants of elemental stoichiometry in terrestrials ecosystems.

Dr. Aleixandre Verger (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Aleixandre Verger (CREAF-CSIC)

verger@creaf.uab.cat

Remote sensing, vegetation-climate dynamics.

Chao Zhang (CREAF-CSIC) :

Chao Zhang (CREAF-CSIC)

c.zhang@creaf.uab.cat

I focus on the response of ecosystem function and structure to climate change based on remote sensing technique. The objective is to assess the influence of climate change on carbon fixation at different temporal and spatial scales using photochemical reflectance index and fluorescence.

Sara Raquel Marrafa : PhD student

Sara Raquel Marrafa

PhD student

Monitoring of forest fruit production using remotely sensed vegetation indices.