Josep Peñuelas has been awarded Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology 2016

Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology was created in 2004 by the Catalan Government to recognize people, all over the world, who have distinguished exceptionally in the field of ecological science. The award honors the memory of Professor Ramon Margalef (Barcelona, 1919-2004), who made a decisive contribution to establishing modern ecological science, to the point where he is regarded as one of the world’s leading figures in the field.

The Catalan television interviewed him. You can see the video here: Els Matins de TV3




Workshop – Nutrient limitation on land: how accurate are our global land models?

Philippe Ciais, Josep Peñuelas, Sara Vicca and Daniel Goll in collaboration with Chinese colleagues, organised a workshop entitled: Nutrient limitation on land: how accurate are our global land models?

The workshop was hosted by the Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University from the 15th to 17th June 2016 in the Yangling, Shaanxi, China.

You can access the program here.

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ERC Imbalance-P participates in the international workshop: “Phosphorus Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems”, May 23-25, 2016 Townsend

Townsend, Tennessee, USA (May 22-25, 2016)

Aim of the Workshop:

Phosphorus (P) has been shown to limit a number of fundamental processes in a wide range of ecosystems; however, despite its importance, most earth system models do not currently include any manner of the P cycle. This hinders the utility of these models for generating and testing hypotheses and for forecasting the effects of global change. Importantly, a critical challenge for P modeling efforts is also a critical challenge for the scientific community as a whole; namely, determining a way forward for improving our understanding of the key drivers, processes, and global change responses of the P cycle. Bringing together P experts would allow for the addressing of this need through: (1) a more synthetic understanding and conceptualization of P cycle dynamics, (2) the merging of varied P and associated data, (3) improved process-based modeling of the P cycle, and (4) P data-model integration. Another potential success stems from the power of explicit collaborations between empiricists who study P cycling and modelers considering the inclusion of P into models.

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Bayesian modeling workshop with Dr. Kiona Ogle

Bayesian modeling workshop with Dr. Kiona Ogle
Paris, 30 & 31 January, 2017

Summary: This workshop will provide a brief introduction to Bayesian and hierarchical Bayesian modeling. It includes presentation and discussion of basic concepts, including important elements of Bayesian statistics and hierarchical Bayesian modeling. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and implement a Bayesian model in OpenBUGS (in R).


Josep Peñuelas Premio Rey Jaime I, award in the Protection of Nature category

This renowned Spanish prize, created in 1995, is given  to recognize an individual who has investigated the improvement of our ecological environment.

The  award was presented to Josep Peñuelas during a ceremony that took place in the historic building of the silk exchange of Valencia on 2 October 2015.

Video of the interview:


Welcome to Global Ecology Unit’s Website

The Global Ecology Unit is considered a Consolidated Research Group by Generalitat de Catalunya that studies the global, climatic and anthropogenic local change effects on terrestrial ecosystems.

The more outstanding activities of the group deal with the studies of the effects of global change on the structure and functioning of the ecosystems and the biosphere, atmospheric pollution, biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds emissions, remote sensing, plant ecophysiology, functioning and structure of terrestrial plants and ecosystems, chemical ecology and metabolomics, macroecology and biogeochemistry

The activity of living beings modifies the structure and chemical composition of their surroundings. In some cases, organisms act as filters of toxicity of some substances, and their study allows us to evaluate the capacity of the ecosystem for absorbing contaminants which we create with multiple human activities.