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Namedr. M Holmgren Urba

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DescriptionAssociate Professor
OrganizationDepartment of Environmental Sciences
Organization UnitWildlife Ecology and Conservation
Phone+31 317 485 284
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  • Associate Editor - Diversity and Distribution Journal
    Jan 2018 - Jan 2021

    I assess scientific manuscripts submitted to Diversity & Distribution, assign reviewers and communicate the results of the peer-review to Editor in Chief.


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.

Research lines:

1) Abrupt transitions in terrestrial ecosystems

2) Linking aquatic and terrestrial ecology

3) Ecological legacies of extreme climate events

4) Novel strategies for climate change adaptation


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Current PhD students

  • Ronny Rotbarth. Adaptive Resilience of Boreal Forests to Disturbances 
  • Arnold Lugo. Amazonian Fish-Tree Interactions After Fires 
  • Yanning Li. Greening the Desert: Assessing Dryland Restoration in China
  • Ivan Hernandez. Resilience of Dry Tropical Rangelands to Climate Variability
  • Jing Li. Assessing the Resilience of Boreal Ecosystems to Climate Change
  • Dorit Gross. Assessing human pressures on African protected areas


Former PhD students

  • Rafael E. Bernardi. 2017. Forest-grassland transitions: How livestock and fire shape grassy biomes (Now: Lecturer, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay).
  • Bernardo M. Flores. 2016. Resilience of Amazonian Forests: the roles of fire, flooding and climate (Now: Postdoc FAPESP, Brazil)
  • Mhosisi Masocha. 2010. Savanna aliens (Now Assistant Professor, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe).
  • Honore S.S. Biaou. 2009. Tree recruitment in West African dry woodlands: the interactive effects of climate, soil, fire and grazing (Now: Assistant Professor, University of Parakou, Benin).
  • Acácio V. 2009. The dynamics of cork oak systems in Portugal: the role of ecological and land use factors (Now: Researcher, University of Lisbon, Portugal).
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