GLOBAL PATTERNS OF PLANT COMMUNITY DIVERSITY Funding: iDiv, German Centre of Integrative Biodiversity Research (2016-2020)
Description: The global vegetation database (sPlot) is a research platform of iDiv that store more than 1 million of vegetation plots (surveys of full plant species composition recorded in local communities). The sPlot consortium aims at integrating different analytical approaches to understand global patterns of compositional, functional and phylogenetic diversity in world plant communities. My role is to coordinate the sPlot consortium of databases and to develop new studies for integrating different research approaches and disciplines.
Funding: European Union, TR2011/0627.01 - Strengthening the national nature protection system for implementation of Natura 2000 requirements (2015-2017)
Description: A collaborative project between tbe European Union and the Republic of Turkey aims at establishing a network of conservation areas resembling the Natura 2000 of Europe. As one of the research advisors of the project, I am in charge of the methodology for (i) creating an inventory of habitat types of Turkey based on vegetation data in analogy with the European classification and (ii) implementing spatial models to assess the distribution of these habitats in Central Anatolia using data from field surveys, topo-climatic predictors and remote sensing products.
GREENING ANDALUSIAN OLIVE GROVES Funding: European Union, Marie Curie ITN Actions, ID 607785 (2014-2018)
Description: Through the EU project NASSTEC (The Native Seed Science, Technology and Conservation Initial Training Network) we are improving the capability of seed scientists and seed companies to produce native seeds for ecological restoration. One of our study systems comprises the Mediterranean olive groves of southern Spain, which are affected by drought and biodiversity loss. In collaboration with the seed company SEMILLAS SILVESTRES, I supervise two PhD students to evaluate the seed traits of selected annual species for preventing soil erosion and restore biodiversity in these agroecosystems. I also co-supervise a PhD project in the Science Museum of Trento for the prioritization of European grassland species using trait information.
EUROPEAN VEGETATION DIVERSITY Funding: Different funding systems and EU, with support of IAVS and EVS.
Description: The European Vegetation Survey (EVS) is an initiative of the International Association for Vegetation Science for understanding European vegetation. I actively collaborate with the EVS in the Steering Commitee of the European Vegetation Archive (EVA), the largest vegetation continental database in the world, for implementing research projects in community ecology and habitat conservation. Research questions are based on the environmental and historical dactors influencing spatial patterns of compositional and functional diversity across major European habitats.