David Moreno Ikerbasque Research Fellow

Main Research Field:
Restoration ecology; ecosystem ecology; biodiversity offsets; ecological engineering; ecosystem based adaptation to climate change

Personal web page http://www.bc3research.org/en/david_moreno.html
Email address david.moreno@bc3research.org
Orcid 0000-0002-1539-5848
Wok J-5626-2014
Google Scholar 2PDLgosAAAAJ

Under present conditions of environmental degradation, understanding the process of ecosystem recovery is essential to provide targeted action to accelerate the recovery of biodiversity and ecosystem functions and increase benefits to societies. Recovery is a long process that may take centuries and that must also adapt to changing conditions. My research focuses on understanding patterns and mechanisms regulating the recovery process of ecosystem´s complexity (e.g., biodiversity and ecosystem function relationships, amount and strength of interactions among organisms, stability of those relationships), define actions to accelerate the recovery process and adapt it to climate change, understand the socio-economic implications of the lack of ecosystem recovery, and use ecosystem restoration to adapt to climate change.

February 3, 2017

BC3 Journal Articles “A global review of past land use, climate, and active vs. passive restoration effects on forest recovery”

New BC3 Journal Article published: "Meli P., Holl K.D., Benayas J.M.R., Jones H.P., Jones P.C., Montoya D., Mateos D.M. 2017. A global review of past land use, climate, and active vs. passive restoration effects on forest recovery. PLoS One. e0171368."
January 27, 2017

BC3 Journal Article “Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance and the recovery debt”

Ecosystem recovery from anthropogenic disturbances, either without human intervention or assisted by ecological restoration, is increasingly occurring worldwide. As ecosystems progress through recovery, it is important to estimate any resulting deficit in biodiversity and functions. Here we use data from 3,035 sampling plots worldwide, to quantify the interim reduction of biodiversity and functions occurring during the recovery process (that is, the ‘recovery debt’). Compared with reference levels, recovering ecosystems run annual deficits of 46–51% for organism abundance, 27–33% for species diversity, 32–42% for carbon cycling and 31–41% for nitrogen cycling.

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