I study the mechanisms that explain the resilience of terrestrial ecosystems to climate variability and disturbances and the implications for ecosystem functioning and ecological services. I am interested in how ecological and social dynamics interact and how ecological scientific work can be disseminated through and used by decision-makers for conservation and ecological restoration purposes. My work is profoundly cooperative and combines conceptual models, experiments, remote sensing and field studies. My empirical work has covered a wide range of ecosystems including drylands, boreal, temperate and tropical ecosystems from North and South America, West and South Africa, North and Mediterranean Europe, and China.
1) Abrupt transitions in terrestrial ecosystems
2) Linking aquatic and terrestrial ecology
3) Novel strategies for climate change adaptation
4) Ecological legacies of extreme climate events