KNAW colloquium

KNAW colloquium

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences invited Nacho Querejeta to present a lecture during the Academy Colloquium: “Climate models revisited: the biogeochemical consequences of mycorrhizal dynamics”. The colloquium was held in Amsterdam, 8-10 April 2015, and was organized by Dr K Rebel (Utrecht University), Prof M van der Heijden (Agroscope, Switzerland) and Dr R Phillips (Indiana University). The venue for the colloquium was the seat of the Academy, the 17th century “Trippenhuis” in the centre of Amsterdam. Participation in the colloquium was by invitation only and was limited to 30 invited scholars, of which twelve were invited speakers. The title of Dr. Querejeta’s lecture was “Mycorrhizal mediation of plant responses to forecasted climate change in a Mediterranean semiarid shrubland”.

Free access to a new paper in Catena

A new paper published by members of our group discusses the influence of catchment morphology, lithology and land use on soil organic carbon export in a Mediterranean mountain region.

Paper highlights:

  • Lithology and morphometric factors control total Carbon export through soil erosion.
  • Large forest cover leads to higher Carbon concentration in sediments but not to higher Carbon export.
  • Morphometric factors are associated with higher variability of Carbon concentration in sediments.

The paper will freely available for 50 days from here.

PhD defence Noelia García Franco

PhD defence Noelia García Franco

We are happy to inform that the 15th of September our colleague Noelia García Franco successfully defended her PhD thesis (Cum Laude) entitled ‘Carbon Sequestration Mechanisms in Semiarid Soils according to Land Use and Management Practices’.

The full text of her thesis is available from here.

PhD awards Cristina Moreno-Gutiérrez

We are proud to inform that Cristina Moreno-Gutiérrez was awarded two prestigious prices for her PhD thesis in 2014:

  1. Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  2. VIII Premio Ibérico a la mejor tesis doctoral en investigación sobre Relaciones Hídricas de las Plantas, otorgado conjuntamente por las Sociedades Española y Portuguesa de Fisiología Vegetal

Her thesis entitled ‘Plant water use strategies in natural and afforested pine woodlands of the semiarid Iberian SE (Estrategias de utilización del agua por las plantas en pinares naturales y de repoblación del sureste ibérico)’ can be downloaded from here.

Congratulations Cristina!

Una 'inyección' de vida a los suelos murcianos

Newspaper article explaining our research

Today a newspaper article was published in a regional newspaper from Murcia (‘la Verdad’) explaining our groups work on the assessment and evaluation of aspects of desertification, climate change and possibilities of adaptation and mitigation through sustainable land use and management strategies in semiarid environments of SE Spain.

For the full article click here or see la Verdad (spanish).

PhD defence Joris Eekhout

PhD defence Joris Eekhout

On Friday 9th May our colleague Joris Eekhout successfully defended his PhD thesis at Wageningen University (The Netherlands).

His PhD thesis is entitled: “Morphological Processes in Lowland Streams – Implications for Stream Restoration”.

The full text of the thesis is freely available by clicking here.

Follow Joris Eekhout on Twitter for recent research updates and visit his homepage for his research background and publications.

New paper in open Discussion (HESS)

A new study by our group is now under open discussion in open access Journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences:

Boix-Fayos et al., Coupling sediment flow-paths with organic carbon dynamics across a Mediterranean catchment. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. Open discussion until 10th of July 2014.

You are very welcome to participate in the discussions!

Matthew Zustovic

Visiting MSc student University of British Columbia

Matthew Zustovic, who is completing his Masters in Forest Sciences from the University of British Columbia, will be working at our group for the next 3 Months, supervised by Nacho Querejeta.

He will be monitoring the regeneration capability under projected moisture and temperature regimes of 5 at-risk or endangered shrub species endemic to the region. Matt’s responsibilities will include monitoring emergence, growth, and survival of these species in a controlled growth chamber experiment as well as data collection in the field.

More about Matt’s experience in Spain: link

Visiting BSc student Wageningen University

Starting 18th February 2014, Dina El Filali, a bachelor student from Wageningen University, will stay at our group for a period of 3.5 months to work on her bachelor thesis project on characterization of gully systems using staitistics and fractal geometry.

During her stay she will be supervised by Joris de Vente.

PhD defense Pedro Cutillas

PhD defence Pedro Cutillas

On Friday 8th November our colleague Pedro Cutillas defended succesfully (cum laude) his PhD thesis entitled: “Modelización de propiedades físicas del suelo a escala regional. Casos de estudio en el Sureste Ibérico” (Modelling physical soil properties at a regional scale. Study cases in the Iberian SouthEast).

Congratulations Pedro!

You can access all the thesis of this research group through the links in the dissertations section.