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Oscar Perez-Priego

Post Doc: Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Experimentation
room: C1.018 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 57 6270
email: opriego(at)

professional background | my work at BGI | Research interests | Publications | Software

Professional background

  • Since January 2019: PostDoc at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2014-2018: PostDoc at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.
  • 2011-2013: PostDoc at Dept. Applied Physics of the University of Granada, Granada, Spain.
  • 2006-2011: Ph.D in Bioscience. University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain.
  • 2005: Associate researcher at the Laboratory for Research Methods in Quantitative Remote Sensing (Quantalab IAS – CSIC), Córdoba, Spain.
  • 2004: B.S. Forestry Engineering (Córdoba , Spain)

My work at BGI

As an ecophysiologist, I study the hierarchy of processes that link carbon and water fluxes by combining field measurements and models. Measurements mostly involve the combination of eddy covariance, remote sensing, as well as physiological approaches.

ongoing research projects at MPI-BGC

SMANIE (Small-scale MANIpulation Experiment)

MANIP (MAnipulation NItrogen and Phosporous)

Research Interests:

  • Interactions between plants and their surrounding environment with particular emphasis on droughts
  • Ecosystem modelling and vegetation optimization theory
  • Remote sensing of physiological and structural attributes of vegetation


Peer-reviewed publications


Perez-Priego O, Katul G, Reichstein M, El-Madany TS, Ahrens B, Carrara A, Scanlon TM, Migliavacca M (2018) Partitioning eddy covariance water flux components using physiological and micrometeorological approaches. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. 123, 3353-3370.

Hilman B, Muhr J, Trumbore SE, Carbone MS, Yuval P, Wright SJ, Moreno G, Perez-Priego O, Migliavacca M, Carrara A, et al. (2018) Comparison of CO2 and O2 fluxes demonstrate retention of respired CO2 in tree stems from a range of tree species. Biogeosciences Discuss. 2018: 1-30.

El-Madany TS, Reichstein M, Perez-Priego O, Carrara A, Moreno G, Martín MP, Pacheco-Labrador J, Wohlfahrt G, Nieto H, Weber U, Kolle O, Luo Y, Carvallhais N, Migliavacca M (2018) Drivers of spatio-temporal variability of eddy covariance carbon dioxide and energy fluxes in a savanna ecosystem. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.262: 258-278.

Luo Y, EI-Madany TS, Filippa G, Ma X, Ahrens B, Carrara A, Gonzalez-Cascon R, Cremonese E, Galvagno M, Hammer T, Pacheco-Labrador J, Martin MP, Moreno G, Perez-Priego O, Reichstein M, Richardson AD, Römermann C,Migliavacca M. (2018) Using near-infrared enabled digital repeat photography to track structural and physiological phenology in Mediterranean tree-grass ecosystems. Remote Sensing, 10(8), 1293.


Perez-Priego O, El-Madany TS, Migliavacca M, Kowalski AS, Jung M, Carrara A, Kolle O, Martin MP, Pacheco-Labrador J, Moreno G, Reichstein M (2017) Evaluation of eddy covariance latent heat fluxes with independent lysimeter and sapflow estimates in a Mediterranean savannah ecosystem. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 236: 87-99.

Migliavacca M, Perez-Priego O, Rossini M, El-Madany TS, MorenoG, Van der Tol C, Rascher U, Berninger A, Bessenbacher V, Carrara A, Fava F, Guan JH , Hammer TW, Henkel K, Juarez-Alcalde E, Julitta T, Kolle O, Martín MP, Musavi T, Pacheco-Labrador J, Pérez-Burgueño A ,Wutzler T, Zaehle S, Reichstein M (2017) Plant functional traits and canopy structure control the relationship between photosynthetic CO2 uptake and far-red sun-induced fluorescence in a Mediterranean grassland under different nutrient availability. New Phytologist. 214(3): 1078-1091.


Sanchez-Canete EP, Oyonarte C, Serrano-Ortiz P, Yuste JC, Perez-Priego O, Domingo F, Kowalski AS (2016) Winds induce CO2 exchange with the atmosphere and vadose zone transport in a karstic ecosystem. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 121: 2049-2063.

Lopez-Ballesteros A, Serrano-Ortiz P, Sanchez-Canete EP, Oyonarte C, Kowalski AS, Perez-Priego O, Domingo F (2016) Enhancement of the net CO2 release of a semiarid grassland in SE Spain by rain pulses. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 121: 52-66.

Serrano-Ortiz P, Sánchez-Cañete EP, Olmo FJ, Metzger S, Pérez-Priego O, Carrara A, Alados-Arboledas L, Kowalski AS (2016) Surface-Parallel Sensor Orientation for Assessing Energy Balance Components on Mountain Slopes. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 158: 489-499.


Perez-Priego O, Guan J, Rossini M, Fava F, Wutzler T, Moreno G, Carvalhais N, Carrara A, Kolle O, Julitta T, Schrumpf M, Reichstein M, Migliavacca M (2015) Sun-induced Chlorophyll fluorescence and PRI improve remote sensing GPP estimates under varying nutrient availability in a typical Mediterranean savanna ecosystem. Biogeosciences 12: 1-17.

Pérez-Priego O, López-Ballesteros A, Sánchez-Cañete E, Serrano-Ortiz P, Kutzbach L, Domingo F, Eugster W, Kowalski AS (2015) Analysing uncertainties in the calculation of fluxes using whole-plant chambers: random and systematic errors. Plant and Soil 393: 229-244.

Gilabert MA, Moreno A, Maselli F, Martínez B, Chiesi M, Sánchez-Ruiz S, García-Haro FJ, Pérez-Hoyos A, Campos-Taberner M, Pérez-Priego O, Serrano-Ortiz P, Carrara A (2015) Daily GPP estimates in Mediterranean ecosystems by combining remote sensing and meteorological data. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 102: 184-197.

Migliavacca M, Reichstein M, Richardson AD, Mahecha MD, Cremonese E, Delpierre N, Galvagno M, Law BE, Wohlfahrt G, Andrew Black T, Carvalhais N, Ceccherini G, Chen J, Gobron N, Koffi E, William Munger J, Perez-Priego O, Robustelli M, Tomelleri E, Cescatti A (2015) Influence of physiological phenology on the seasonal pattern of ecosystem respiration in deciduous forests. Global Change Biology 21: 363-376.


Pérez-Priego O, Testi L, Kowalski AS, Villalobos F, Orgaz F (2014) Aboveground respiratory CO2 effluxes from olive trees (Olea europaea L.). Agroforest Syst 88: 245-255.

Parazoo NC, Bowman K, Fisher JB, Frankenberg C, Jones DBA, Cescatti A, Pérez-Priego O, Wohlfahrt G, Montagnani L (2014) Terrestrial gross primary production inferred from satellite fluorescence and vegetation models. Global Change Biology 20: 3103-3121.

Serrano-Ortiz P, Oyonarte C, Pérez-Priego O, Reverter B, Sánchez-Cañete EP, Were A, Uclés O, Morillas L, Domingo F (2014) Ecological functioning in grass–shrub Mediterranean ecosystems measured by eddy covariance. Oecologia 175: 1005-1017.


Pérez-Priego O, Serrano-Ortiz P, Sánchez-Cañete EP, Domingo F, Kowalski AS (2013) Isolating the effect of subterranean ventilation on CO2 emissions from drylands to the atmosphere. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 180: 194-202.

Patricio C., Pérez-Priego O., Orgaz F., Gómez-Macpherson H., (2013). Soil CO2 effluxes in response to tillage operations on irrigated permanent and conventional bed planting systems with controlled traffic in southern Spain. Soil Research. 51, 447–458.

Sánchez-Cañete EP, Kowalski AS, Serrano-Ortiz P, Pérez-Priego O, Domingo F (2013) Deep CO2 soil inhalation / exhalation induced by synoptic pressure changes and atmospheric tides in a carbonated semiarid steppe. Biogeosciences 10: 6591-6600.


Villalobos FJ, Perez-Priego O, Testi L, Morales A, Orgaz F (2012) Effects of water supply on carbon and water exchange of olive trees. European Journal of Agronomy 40: 1-7.

Rapoport HF, Hammami SBM, Martins P, Pérez-Priego O, Orgaz F (2012). Influence of water deficits at different times during olive tree inflorescence and flower development. Environmental and Experimental Botany 77, pp. 227-233.


Rapoport HF, Pérez-Priego O, Orgaz F, Martins P (2011). Water deficit effects during olive tree Inflorescence and flower development. Acta Horticulturae 888, pp. 157-162.


Pérez-Priego O, Testi L, Orgaz F, Villalobos FJ (2010). A large closed canopy chamber for measuring CO2 and water vapour exchange of whole trees. Environmental and Experimental Botany 68 (2), pp. 131-138.


Suárez L, Zarco-Tejada PJ, Sepulcre-Cantó G, Pérez-Priego O, Miller JR, Jiménez-Muñoz JC, Sobrino J (2008). Assessing canopy PRI for water stress detection with diurnal airborne imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment 112 (2), pp. 560-575.


Pérez-Priego O, Zarco-Tejada PJ, Miller JR, Sepulcre-Cantó G, Fereres E, (2005). Detection of water stress in orchard trees with a high-resolution spectrometer through chlorophyll fluorescence In-Filling of the O2-A band. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 43 (12), pp. 2860-2868.


Oscar Perez-Priego and Thomas Wutzler (2018). ETpartitioning: Partitioning of eddy covariance ET into flux components. R package version

Thomas Wutzler and Oscar Perez Priego (under development). lysiproc: Processing data from lysimeters. R package version

Thomas Wutzler and Oscar Perez Priego (2017). RespChamberProc: Processing Data from Respiration Chambers. R package version 0.6.2/r3.

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