University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain)
Description of the organization
Founded in 1499 the University of Alcala is one of the oldest in Spain. Currently it is part of the Madrid public university system holding time-honoured education in the humanities and social sciences as well as degree subjects in emerging scientific fields such as Environmental Sciences. It encompasses a researcher staff of 1616 and 22.836 students being one of Spain's medium-sized universities. It holds 15 Faculties and Schools and 38 doctoral programs which are rapidly evolving.
Expertise and experience of the organization
It has outstanding research qualifications in several emerging fields all of which, together with the Science and Technology Park, are a key factor in its projection abroad, while also acting as a dynamo for activities in our local region. The university has a wide experience in EU projects related to forest science e.g. BIOCORES, MEGAFiReS, INFLAME, REFORLAN etc. The group currently participates in FUNDIV: Functional significance of forest biodiversity (PI: Prof. Dr. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Freiburg University) and the cost action TERRABITES: The Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System (PI: C. Reick, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology).
Key persons involved
Dr. Miguel A. Zavala (Ph.D. Princeton University, 1993) is currently, associate professor at the Department of Ecology. His main interests are theoretical ecology, forest ecology and the integration of ecological models into decision-making tools. He has a wide experience in forest ecoofy and ecological modeling and has participated in several national, US and EU research programs. Currently he coordinates a research group that investigates the adaptability of forest ecosystems in response to Global Change and is the Director of the Forest Research Centre (INIA. Ministry of Science & Innovation).
Selected recent relevant publications
Benito-Garzón, M., Alía, R., Robson, M., Zavala, M.A. Intra-specific variability and plasticity influence potential tree species distributions under climatic change. Global Ecology and Biogeography (in press).Abstract
Gómez-Aparicio, L., García-Valdés, R., Ruiz-Benito, P., Zavala, M.A. Disentangling the relative importance of climate, size and competition on tree growth in Iberian forests: implications for management under global change. Global Change Biology (in press).
Montoya D., Zavala MA, Rodriguez MA, Purves DW., 2008. Animal versus wind dispersal and the robustness of tree species to deforestation. Science 320: 1502-1504.Abstract
Zavala, M.A., Angulo, O., Bravo, R. & J.C. López-Marcos. 2007. An analytical model of stand dynamics as a function of tree growth, mortality and recruitment: the shade tolerance-stand structure hypothesis revisited. Journal of Theoretical Biology 244: 440–450. Abstract
Purves, D., Zavala, M.A., Ogle, K., Prieto, F. and Rey-Benayas, J. (2007) Environmental heterogeneity, bird mediated dispersal, and oak woodland dynamics in Mediterranean Spain. Ecological monographs (2007) 77, 77-97. doi: 10.1890/05-1923. Abstract