What factors determine whether tree species compete or complement each other?

The growth of the forest depends on a series of variables and their complex net of interactions. When the forest is composed of multiple species (called a “mixture”) its growth also depends on the intra- and inter-specific interactions between these species. Given the rising interest for biodiversity conservation, among other ecosystem services, there have been a number of growing studies on mixing effects. In this post I would like to quickly present the main results of my newly published paper on this topic. Forests richContinue reading

International Forestry, Science

Becoming a real Forestry and Environmental Engineer (Part 2)

In this post I want to talk about the incision process and present each action I propose in my  Master thesis describing the actions, materials used and a budget for the project. In addition, this week will be presented at the International Symposium on Soil and Water Bioengineering in a Changing Climate to be held at GLASGOW, September 7-8. This symposium will be a meeting within the Life + ECOMED project. Incision Process The processes of incision of the channel, form sections deeper and aContinue reading

Entering Big Cypress National Preserve Jurisdiction
International Forestry

Exploring Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida

When I was visiting Everglades National Park, I could not skip Big Cypress National Preserve, located relatively around the corner. After my guided tour and experience in Everglades, I was quite confident that Big Cypress cannot be just a swamp. I was going there with one idea in my mind, to see majestic cypress trees, which I saw only in books at forest botany classes. Read further to learn more about the ecosystem of Big Cypress National Preserve…

forest harvesting intensity
International Forestry

Drivers of forest harvesting intensity patterns in Europe

Generally, our present understanding of what determines forest management intensity is weak, particularly at broad scales, and this makes it difficult to assess the environmental and social trade-offs of intensification. In this post, I would like to present you the research of international scientists who have analyzed spatial patterns of forest harvesting intensity in Europe.


The Return of the Forest: how trees reconquered the European continent after the last Ice Age

People who are interested in the ecology of European forests know that the current climatic gradient has a big influence in shaping the distribution and diversity of tree species in the continent. Shrubs and evergreen broadleaves in the southern Mediterranean areas, broadleaf and mixed forests in temperate regions, conifers in north and in the Alps. However, this is just a snapshot. Forests in Europe have varied greatly over the last million years due to the alternating cycle of glacial and interglacial period. Research on thisContinue reading