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14 February 2017
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Teaching is concentrated in the faculties and schools, and the departments deal with research, which is also conducted by institutes and chairs, at the same time responsible for knowledge promotion.
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.
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