Dr. Maria Almagro

Maria Almagro

Postdoctoral researcher


PhD in Soil Science at the University of Murcia (Spain)

Degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Granada (Spain)

Graduation Project at the University of Bayreuth (Germany)

Former positions

Post doctoral researcher at the Institute of Agronomy, Genetics and Field Crops, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Italy) (2014-2015)

Post doctoral researcher at the Department of Biogeography and Global Change, National Museum of Natural History, Spanish National Research Council (MNCN, CSIC) (2012-2014)

PhD researcher at the Department of Soil and Water Conservation (CEBAS-Spanish Scientific Council) (2005-2012)

Leonardo Da Vinci fellowship at the Department of Environmental and Land Management, University of Aveiro (Portugal) (2004-2005)

Research interests

My main research interests are related to:

  • the impacts of changes in climate, land use and land management on soil carbon sequestration
  • sustainable land management practices and related ecosystem services
  • the prediction and understanding of the major drivers of soil respiration in drylands at both temporal and spatial scales
  • understanding the response of plant litter decomposition to climate change and photodegradation in drylands based on field measurements and modelling
  • understanding the role of soil erosion in the carbon cycle from hillslopes to the catchment scale

Current projects

Sediment dynamics and stabilization of organic carbon: characterization and balance in Mediterranean basins. Implications for adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

Selected Publications

Almagro, M., de Vente, J., Boix-Fayos, C., García-Franco, N., Melgares de Aguilar, J., González, D., Solé-Benet, A., Martínez-Mena, M., 2016. Sustainable land management practices as providers of several ecosystem services under rainfed Mediterranean agroecosystems. Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change, 21:1029–1043.

Almagro M., Martínez-López J., Maestre F.T., Rey A., 2016. The Contribution of Photodegradation to Litter Decomposition in Semiarid Mediterranean Grasslands Depends on its Interaction with Local Humidity Conditions, Litter Quality and Position. Ecosystems, In press

Almagro, M., Maestre, F.T, Martínez-López J., Valencia, E., Rey A. Climate change may reduce litter decomposition while enhancing the contribution of photodegradation in dry perennial Mediterranean grasslands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 90:214-223.

Chimento, C., Almagro, M., Amaducci, S., 2016. Carbon sequestration potential in perennial bioenergy crops: the importance of organic matter inputs and its physical protection. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 8(1): 11-121.

Garcia-Franco, N., Albaladejo, J., Almagro, M., Martínez-Mena, M., 2015. Beneficial effects of reduced tillage and green manure on soil aggregation and stabilization of organic carbon in a Mediterranean agroecosystem. Soil & Tillage Research, 153, 66-75 

Boix-Fayos, C., Nadeu, E., Quiñonero, J.M., Martínez-Mena, M., Almagro, M. and de Vente, J., 2015. Sediment flow paths and associated organic carbon dynamics across a Mediterranean catchment. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19(3): 1209-1223.

Almagro, M., Martínez-Mena, M., 2014. Litter decomposition rates of green manure as affected by soil erosion, transport and deposition processes, and the implications for the soil carbon balance of a rainfed olive grove under a dry Mediterranean climate. Agriculture, ecosystems and environment, 196: 167-177

Almagro, M., López, J., Boix-Fayos, C., Albaladejo, J., Martínez-Mena, M., 2010. Belowground carbon allocation patterns in a dry Mediterranean ecosystem: a comparison of two models. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42, 1549-1557.

Almagro, M., López, J., Querejeta, J.I., Martínez-Mena, M., 2009. Temperature dependence of soil CO2 efflux is strongly modulated by seasonal patterns of moisture availability in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41, 594-605


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