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Animal Biology Research Group

Fauna, fire and forest management

We are interested in evaluating the ecological effects of forest fires and controlled burns, using the bird-vegetation system as the main study model. In recent years, we have focused on the consequences for the ecosystem of logging in burned forests. We have highlighted positive and negative effects of logging on endangered bird species, and demonstrated the relevance of non-commercial wood debris for biodiversity and ecosystem services. On the applied side, we have raised awareness of the conservation problems caused by the logging of burned forests in southern Europe, and have produced a Post-Fire Forest Management Best Practice Manual in three languages. We are currently experimentally testing its recommendations using a set of soil, wood, vegetation and animal biodiversity indicators. We are also starting to study the role of biological legacies in post-fire ecosystem regeneration, in order to provide technical recommendations on the preservation of these legacies at landscape level.


  • Dr Pere Pons Ferran (Senior researcher)
  • Dr Josep Mª Bas Lay (Researcher)
  • Dr Marina Palmero Iniesta (Researcher)
  • D. Marc Franch Quintana (Researcher)
  • Mr Carlos Tobella Roca (Doctoral student)
  • Mr. Quel Vilalta Clapés (Doctoral student)
  • Dr. Josep Rost Bagudanch (Advisor and collaborator)
  • Ms Elena Puigdemasa Martí (Advisor and collaborator)

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