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University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain)

Organization short name: UAH
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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.

Material resources
The University of Alcala and the Faculty of Sciences is fully equipped for environmental studies including both experimental and modelling approximations. Laboratories span to GIS and image processing, chemical analyses, genomics, proteomics as well as modern greenhouse spaces

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).

Selected projects

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