Knowledge

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To know the evolutionary potential to effective conservation management: the example of the yew

16 de January 2020Àlex Richter-Boix

Yew is considered a species of interest from the point of view of conservation for its small and isolated populations. An international team led by CREAF has studied the adaptive variation of their populations, a crucial knowledge to develop correct conservation measures.

Pragmatic ecology

11 de December 2019Francisco Lloret

Recently, my friend Paul Zedler raised a question between insidious and philosophical: our scientific procedure based on searching for processes and establishing causal relationships, has no significance unless it translates into actions. I had no other option than accept the premise, otherwise I would get exposed at the top of the infamous ivory tower.

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Nunc incrementa lente exeunt, festinatur in damnum

12 de June 2019Francisco Lloret

For Ramon Margalef, in the centenary of his birth. Why do not we find ecosystems in the atmosphere, as in oceans and continents? In the atmosphere, spores, pollen grains and micro-organisms float, most of them expelled from soils. But trophic networks are not established, nor are there large flows of energy and matter controlled by living beings.

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Game of mirrors in Ecology

25 de February 2019Francisco Lloret

Life is supported on the planet by the interactions between organisms. This interactions often are subject to a set of more or less distorted appearances, and that appearances define each interaction and the living environment of each organism.

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On maps, species and clima

19 de December 2018Francisco Lloret

Maps are a key tool for ecologists and naturalists. What is its origin? What applications can have? The phenomena that studies ecology have an important geographical base, depend on the space environment in which they occur. For this reason, cartographic techniques in combination with computing and large databases can help us to study, for example, the relationship between climate, human legacy and the current distribution of species.

On science, environmentalism and optimism

13 de November 2018Francisco Lloret

The human footprint on Earth is undoubted and inevitable to some extent . Science and technology, far from contributing to create more inequalities, must be able to mitigate these impacts, contribute to progress and improve the welfare of all the people in the world.

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“A temperature rise of 2ºC could have irreversible effects on the planet”

23 de August 2018Albert Naya i Díaz

We interviewed Sara Marañón, a postdoctoral researcher at CREAF with a Marie Curie grant. 

Still between the Tigris and the Euphrates

21 de August 2018Jaume Terradas

Second instalment about Mesopotamia. We are now situated throughout the 20th century, political and social changes caused massive forced migrations by people of the area and the uncontrolled exploitation of marshes populated by the Ma'dam tribe.

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