Prof. Juan Albaladejo

Juan Albaladejo

Full professor (CSIC)

Assistant lecturer (University of Murcia)


Ph.D. in Chemistry (Soil Science), University of Murcia

Research interests

Soil science with special attention to soil and global change in arid and semiarid areas, soil degradation and rehabilitation, carbon sequestration, sustainable soil use and management.

Current research projects and activities

  • PI of the project Carbon sequestration mechanisms in semiarid soils according to land uses and management practices (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation)
  • Lead Author for Chapter I (iv): Land, of the Global Environmental Outlook 5 (GEO-5). (United Nations Environmental Programme.)
  • Co-supervisor of the PhD Thesis: “Soil fertility as a driver of vegetation structure and functioning in semiarid areas”.
  • Member of the research team in the project Impact of management practices on erosion and the carbon cycle in Mediterranean semiarid areas (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation)

Selected publications

Albaladejo, J., López, J., Boix-Fayos, C., Barberá, G.G., Martínez-Mena, M. 2008. Long-term effect of a single application of organic refuse on carbon sequestration and soil physical properties. Journal of Environmental Quality 37, 2093-2099

Boix-Fayos, C., Martínez-Mena, M., Arnau-Rosalén, E., Calvo-Cases, A., Castillo, V. and Albaladejo, J. 2006. Measurig soil erosion by field plots: understanding the sources of variation. Earth-Science Reviews 78, 267-285.

Caravaca, F., Lax, A. and Albaladejo, J. 2004. Aggregate stability and carbon characteristics of particle-size fractions in cultivated and forested soils of semiarid Spain. Soil & Tillage Research, 78: 83-90.

Caravaca, F., Lax, A. and Albaladejo, J. 2001. Soil aggregate stability and organic matter in clay and fine silt fractions in urban refuse-amended semiarid soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 65(4): 1235-1238.

Caravaca, F., Lax, A. and Albaladejo, J. 1999. Organic matter, nutrient contents and cation exchange capacity in fine fractions from semiarid calcareous soils. Geoderma 93: 161-176.

Martínez-Mena, M., Albaladejo, J. and Castillo, V. 1998. Factors influencing surface runoff generation in a Mediterranean semiarid environment. Chicamo watershed. S.E. Spain. Hydrological Processes, 12: 741-754.

Albaladejo, J., Martínez-Mena, M., Roldán, A. and Castillo, V. 1998. Soil degradation and desertification induced by vegetation removal in semiarid environment. Soil Use and Management, 14: 1-6.

Castillo, V., Martínez-Mena, M. and Albaladejo, J. 1997. Runoff and soil response to vegetation removal in semiarid environments. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 61: 1116-1121.

Díaz, E., Roldán, A., Lax, A. and Albaladejo, J. 1994. Formation of stable aggregates in degraded soil by amendment with urban refuse and peat. Geoderma, 63: 277-288