In a nutshell: I am a forest engineer specialized in landscape ecology and biodiversity modelling
I am a collaborator researcher at the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Lab - ECOLAND - in the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC, Spain). From 2014 to 2017, I have been working at ECOLAND granted by the Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellowship (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness). My current research is devoted to model Mediterranean forest landscape composition through the MEDFIRE landscape dynamics model. I also evaluate the response of biodiversity to landscape connectivity of agroforestry systems through the application of network graph-theory. My main study areas are Catalunya, Bretagne (woodland birds) and Québec (boreal mixedwood woodpeckers).
I made a two-year postdoctoral stay (September 2010 - November 2012) at the PaysaClim - Paysages - Changements Climatiques – Laboratory (UMR ECOBIO, France) supervised by Françoise Burel. At PaysaClim, I have been working during two years with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education (Programa Nacional de Movilidad de RRHH, Plan Nacional de I-D+i 2008-2011) and also in the framework of the FarmLand project (FP7 ERA-NET BiodivERsA). My former post-doctoral project focused on agricultural landscapes of different European regions [Britanny (France) and Catalonia (Spain)] and their biodiversity (farmland birds and semi-natural grasslands). From a community perspective approach, I applied different multivariate analysis techniques considering the spatial patterns of the regions of study and their implications for the ongoing inferences.
During my PhD research at the University of Lleida (Spain) supervised by Santiago Saura (ETSI Montes, UPM) and Lluís Brotons (CTFC) and funded by the CUR of the DIUE (Catalan Government) and the European Social Fund, I determined the quantitative responses of forest birds to the environmental factors and dynamics of the forest ecosystems in the region of Catalonia, with the aim of providing forest management guidelines for mitigating global change impacts. Particularly, I considered the effects of afforestation, forest maturation and fires on avian community. The results obtained are valuable for understanding the relationships between forest composition and structure and avian communities and how interactions between management and ongoing landscape dynamics can shape future forest bird distribution and dynamics.
Keywords: biodiversity, birds, Catalonia, farmland, fires, forest management, functional landscape heterogeneity, global change, landscape connectivity, Mediterranean forests, woodpeckers, spatial ecology.
assu.gil[at]ctfc.catBiodiversity and Landscape Ecology Lab
Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia
Tel. (+34) 973 48 17 52 (Ext. 288)
Ctra. de St. Llorenç de Morunys a Port del Comte, km 2
25280 Solsona (Spain)