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Fernando J  Valladares Ros


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Profesor de investigacion del CSIC

Fernando Valladares

Fernando Valladares is research professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre of Environmental Sciences (IRN-CCMA) and associate professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid. He has published more than two hundred scientific articles, being author or coauthor of ten books. Dr. Valladares is a member of the editorial board of three of the most prestigious international journals of plant ecology and physiology and he is an active member of the main ecological societies of Spain, United Kingdom and America. Dr. Valladares is involved in several panels and expert committees addressing global change issues and transferring ecological knowledge to society and policy makers at both national and international levels. His research on functional plant ecology and evolution is focused on phenotypic plasticity and on the physiological and morphological strategies of photosynthetic organisms to cope with changing and adverse environmental conditions. The research has been carried out in a range of ecosystems, spanning from Antarctica to the tropical rain forest, although his main current research objectives are centred in low productivity, Mediterranean ecosystems.  

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Main research topics

Plant physiological and evolutionary ecology in a global change scenario.

Light as an ecological and evolutionary factor

Phenotypic plasticity vs phenotypic stability in changing environments

Forest ecology, with particular interest in Mediterranean shrublands and forests

Restoration ecology in Mediterranean-type ecosystems


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H-Index  (as of Web of Science in July 2014): 40


Selected publications (from more than 220 articles, books, and book chapters)

VALLADARES, F., S. J. WRIGHT, E. LASSO, K. KITAJIMA AND R. W. PEARCY. 2000. Plastic phenotypic response to light of 16 congeneric shrubs from a Panamanian rainforest. Ecology 81 1925-1936.

VALLADARES, F., E. MARTINEZ-FERRI, L. BALAGUER, E. PEREZ-CORONA & E. MANRIQUE. 2000. Low leaf-level response to light and nutrients in Mediterranean evergreen oaks: a conservative resource-use strategy? New Phytologist 148: 79-91

VALLADARES, F., GIANOLI, E. & GÓMEZ, J.M. 2007. Ecological limits to plant phenotypic plasticity. Tansley Review. New Phytologist 176: 749-763.

VALLADARES, F. & NIINEMETS, Ü. 2008. Shade tolerance, a key plant trait of complex nature and consequences. Annual Review of Ecology, Systematics and Evolution 39: 237-257.

VALLADARES, F. 2008. A mechanistic view of the capacity of forest to cope with climate change. En: F. Bravo, V. Le May, R. Jandl, Klaus von Gadow (Eds.), Managing Forest Ecosystems: the challenge of climate change. Springer Verlag, Berlin.

ARAÚJO, M.B., FERRI-YÁÑEZ, F., BOZINOVIC, F., MARQUET, P.A., VALLADARES, F. & CHOWN, S.L. 2013. Heat freezes niche evolution. Ecology Letters. 16: 1206–1219. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12155

VALLADARES, F. BENAVIDES, R., RABASA, S.G., DIAZ, M., PAUSAS, J.G., PAULA, S., SIMONSON, W.D. 2014. Global change and Mediterranean forests: current impacts and potential responses. In Forests and Global Change, ed. David A. Coomes, David F. R. P. Burslem and William D. Simonson. Cambridge University Press pp. 47-75.

VALLADARES,F. S. MATESANZ, F. GUILHAUMON, M. B. ARAÚJO, L. BALAGUER, M. BENITO-GARZÓN, W. CORNWELL, E.GIANOLI, M. VAN KLEUNEN, D. E. NAYA, A. B. NICOTRA, H. POORTER,  & M. A. ZAVALA. 2014. The effects of phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation on forecasts of species range shifts under climate change. Ecology Letters  doi: 10.1111/ele.12348


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