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Dr.  PONS FERRAN, PERE

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Category
PROFESSOR AGREGAT
Department
CIÈNCIES AMBIENTALS
Area of knowledge
ZOOLOGIA
Research group
Biologia Animal
ORCID PRC:
0000-0002-2196-5544

Brief CV

I hold a Ph D in Biology from the University of Paris 6 and I am an Associate Professor at the University of Girona (UdG), where I teach Zoology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Resources, Conservation Biology and Impacts on the Natural Environment. I am the coordinator of the consolidated research group on Ecological Disturbances and Terrestrial Animal Communities (Pecat), in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the UdG. I have authored 46 scientific articles in SCI journals, 8 papers in scientific non-SCI journals and 13 book chapters and I have supervised 7 Ph D theses.

I am interested in the ecology and conservation of biodiversity, and my most recent works aim to understand the impact of fire and the logging of burned forest in animal populations and in the ecological services they carry out. The research team has highlighted positive and negative effects of salvage logging on birds and the importance of the retention of woody biomass, when logging burned trees. Piles of branches, specifically, increase the diversity of birds, concentrate frugivorous birds and their depositions and favor the abundance of plants with fleshy fruit. The results of the current Anifog project include measuring a delay in post-fire regeneration of vegetation and birds with increasing aridity, the ecological assessment of fire and postfire salvage logging in cicadas, rodents and in the removal of seeds by mice, and the publication of a handbook of good practices for the sustainable management of burned forests in three languages. The current challenge is to put the recommendations of the manual into practice and carry out an evaluation of its environmental effects, comparing these “best practices” to non-intervention and to conventional logging practices. Finally, we aim to evaluate the role of biological legacies in the restoration of biodiversity after fire. This research can provide technical recommendations on the preservation of these legacies on a landscape scale.

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