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

Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas (CREAF-CSIC)

Global Ecology.

Dr. Jordi Sardans (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Jordi Sardans (CREAF-CSIC)

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)

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)

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

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

Dr. Marc Peaucelle (CREAF-CSIC)

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)

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)

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

Dr. Xavier Domene (CREAF) : Research Scholar

Dr. Xavier Domene (CREAF)

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)

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)

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


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

Dr. Rossella Guerrieri : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Rossella Guerrieri

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)

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

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

Dr. Marta Camino (CREAF-CSIC) : Postdoc researcher

Dr. Marta Camino (CREAF-CSIC)

Postdoc researcher

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.

Former collaborator at the University of Antwerp

Rosa Casanovas (CREAF-CSIC) :

Rosa Casanovas (CREAF-CSIC)

Technical administrative assistant

Dr. Ander Achotegui (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Ander Achotegui (CREAF-CSIC)

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)

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)


Dr. Albert Gargallo (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Albert Gargallo (CREAF-CSIC)

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

Dr. Oriol Grau (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Oriol Grau (CREAF-CSIC)

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Global Ecology Unit (CREAF-CSIC-UAB, Catalonia). My research combines several disciplines in Ecology: plant biology, fungal biology, community structure, functional ecology, ecosystem dynamics, plant-soil interactions and diversity patterns. I have been doing research on contrasting ecosystems across the world: in alpine (Pyrenees, Himalaya), subarctic (Scandes), arctic (Greenland), tropical (French Guiana), and in mediterranean regions (Catalonia). I have conducted observational and experimental studies in most of these regions to analyse the effects of environmental variability on ecosystem functioning.

For more information you can e-mail me ( or check the website:

Dr. Olga Margalef (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Olga Margalef (CREAF-CSIC)

Geochemical aspects of phosphorus cycle.

Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC) : Technician

Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC)


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

Pere Roc Fernández Garberí : Technician

Pere Roc Fernández Garberí


Chemical technician.

Carlos López (CREAF-CSIC) :

Carlos López (CREAF-CSIC)

Remote Sensing & GIS technician.

Dr. Angela Ribas Artola : Associate professor UAB

Dr. Angela Ribas Artola

Associate professor UAB

Atmospheric ecology

Daijun Liu (CREAF-CSIC) :

Daijun Liu (CREAF-CSIC)

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)

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. Brooke Mayer : Visiting scientist

Dr. Brooke Mayer

Visiting scientist

The Mayer Lab Group focuses on the design and assessment of more sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies that are able to simultaneously mitigate the risks posed by microbial and chemical contaminants.

Dr. Guille Peguero (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Guille Peguero (CREAF-CSIC)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Plant-herbivore interactions, arthropod biodiversity responses.

Ifigenia Urbina (CREAF-CSIC) :

Ifigenia Urbina (CREAF-CSIC)

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

Paolo Zuccarini :

Paolo Zuccarini

My profile is that of an agronomist/environmentalist specialized in plant ecophysiological responses to abiotic stresses in the frame of Climate Change, and in nutrient cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems.

Dr. Aleixandre Verger (CREAF-CSIC) :

Dr. Aleixandre Verger (CREAF-CSIC)

Remote sensing, vegetation-climate dynamics.

Anna Escolà : Technician

Anna Escolà



Chao Zhang (CREAF-CSIC) :

Chao Zhang (CREAF-CSIC)

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.