Línea de investigación: Biocostras
Ecología, análisis espacial, zonas áridas, costras biológicas, suelo
Grupo de investigación: ECOHIDROLOGÍA Y RESTAURACIÓN DE TIERRAS ÁRIDAS (RNM927)
My research is focused on the role of that biological soil crust (biocrust) plays on key processes governing drylands functioning, their interaction with other surface components and in the analysis of global change influence on all these processes. Biocrusts are complex communities formed by a combination of bacteria, algae, cyanobacteria, fungi, lichens and mosses that cover about 12 % of the global land surface. Among all their important functions, I am particularly interested on their effect on hydrological processes, water and wind erosion and biogeochemical cycles. To do that I combined field studies with modelling techniques and remote-sensing, which give me the opportunity of working at different temporal and spatial scales including not only local biocrust´s affects but also the importance of water and nutrient redistribution from biocrusts patches to vegetation. Finally, after more than 10 years transferring the results of my research activity to society, I discovered that there is a missing knowledge on the importance of biocrusts for drylands and I started a new project with the objective to fill this gap.