Research lines and projects



All current research projects are within the area of Fire, Regeneration Ecology, Vegetation Dynamics and Plant Evolution in Mediterranean ecosystems. Regeneration is a key process for the success of plant populations and understanding this process provide clear clues for ecology and evolution of the species, as well as for predicting the future of our species in a changing world. We focus on studying regeneration traits that allow plant persistence in fire-prone ecosystems.


Current funded research projects

  • FILAS - Fire and biotic interactions at the landscape scale [Fuego e interacciones bióticas a escala de paisaje]. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (CGL2015-64086-P). Period: 1/2016 - 12/2018. IP: JG Pausas [FILAS]
  • FOCSEC - El papel del fuego y de la aridez en la estructura de las comunidades vegetales en ecosistemas mediterráneos. Generalitat Valenciana (PROMETEO/2016/021). Period: 1/2016 - 12/2019. IP: JG Pausas; Collaborators: M Verdú, P García-Fayos
  • Towards an understanding of tipping points within tropical South American biomes. Microsoft – FAPESP (13/50169-1), Brazil. Period: 1/2014 - 31/2018. IP: R Torres; Collaborators: M Hirota, JA dos Santos, RS Oliveira, V Dakos, IA van de Leemput, J Verbesselt, VL Dantas

  • Previous research projects (finalised)

  • TREVOL - The relative role of fire in trait evolution of Mediterranean plants. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (CGL2012-39938-C02-00 / 01). Period: 1/2013 - 12/2015. IP: JG Pausas [trevol]
  • Fuego, invasoras e historia evolutiva en el matorral de Chile. CSIC, i-Link+2012 (ref: i-Link0556). Period 2013 and 2014. IP: J. G. Pausas, Collaborators: S. Gómez, S. Paula, G. Segarra.
  • Evolutionary processes shaping resprouting: the role of fire in the Chilean matorral. FONDECYT (Regular 2012, ID 1120458), Chile. Period: 2012, 2013, 2014. IP: Susana Paula
  • VIRRA - El papel del fuego en la Variabilidad Intraespecífica (fenotípica y genética) de plantas del matoRRAl mediterráneo. [The role of fire in the intraspecific (phenotypic and genetic) variability of Mediterranean shrubs]. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (CGL2009-12048/BOS). Period: 1/2010 - 12/2012. Responsible: JG Pausas [virra]
  • FUME - Forest fires under climate, social and economic changes in Europe, the Mediterranean and other fire affected areas of the world. European Comission (7th European FP) Period: Jan 2010 - Dec 2013 Coordinator: JM Moreno (UCLM)
  • LinkTree - Linking genetic variability with ecological responses to environmental changes: forest trees as model systems. ERAnet-Biodiversa / Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación - European Comission (EUI2008-03713). Period: 1/Oct/2009 - 1/Oct/2012. Responsible: SC González-Martínez
  • VAMPIRO - Efectos demográficos y selectivos del fuego en plantas mediterráneas: Variación molecular y pirofitismo. [Demographic and selective effects of fire in Mediterranean plants: Molecular Variation and Pyrophytism]. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (CGL2008-05289-C02-01). Period: 1/2009 - 12/2011. Responsible: M Verdú / SC González-Martínez
  • GRACCIE - Multidisciplinary Research Consortium on Gradual and Abrupt Climate Changes and their Impacts on the Environment. SCD2007-00067, CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spanish Government. Period: 10/2007 - 10/2012. IP: J. Grimalt (CSIC); CEAM responsible: R. Vallejo [www.graccie.eu]
  • Post-Fire Forest Management in Southern Europe. European Comission, COST Action FP0701. Period: 1/2008 - 5/2012. Responsible: F. Moreira [COST]
  • CIRCE - Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment European Comission (IP 036961) Period: 4/2007 - 3/2011. Responsible: MM Millán [CIRCE]
  • PERSIST - Mecanismos de persistencia tras incendio en plantas mediterráneas: consecuencias ecológicas y evolutivas [Post-fire persistence mechanisms in mediterranean plants: ecological and evolutionary consequences]. Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (CGL2006-07126/BOS). Period: 1/10/2006-31/9/2009. Responsible: JG Pausas (Oct/2006 - May/2009), S. Paula (Jun/2009 - Sep/2009) [persist]
  • GLOBIMED - Red para el seguimiento del cambio global y la Biodiversidad en ecosistemas forestales mediterráneos. Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. Period: 2006 - 2009. Responsible: F. Lloret. [www.globimed.net]
  • VARQUS - Variabilidad morfológica y funcional y capacidad de regeneración en Quercus suber. Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (CGL2004-04325/BOS) Period: 12/2004-11/2007. Responsible: JG Pausas. [varqus] FINALISED
  • PHOENIX - Fire ecology and post-fire management. European Forest Institute (EFI). Period: 2005 - 2010. Responsible: R Vallejo. [www.phoenix-efi.org]
  • Groupement de Recherche Europeen (GDR): Ecosystèmes méditerranéens et montagnards dans un monde changeant. CNRS
  • CREOAK - Conservation and Restoration of European cork oak woodlands: a unique ecosystem in the balance. European Comission (QLK5-CT-2002-01594). Period: 1 Nov 2002 - 31 Abril 2006. Responsible: R Vallejo. [creoak] FINALISED
  • SINREG - Síndromes de respuesta regenerativa y propiedades funcionales de comunidades vegetales mediterráneas con relación al régimen de incendios [Regenerative syndromes and functional properties of Mediterranean plant communities in relation to fire regime]. Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Spanish Government (REN2003-07198-C02-02/GLO). Period: 12/2003-11/2006. Responsible: JG Pausas. FINALISED.
  • EUFireLab - Euro-Meditrerranean Wildland Fire Laboratory, a "wall-less" laboratory for wildland fire science and technologies in the Euro-Mediterranean region. European Comission (EVR1- 2001-00054). Period: 1 Nov 2002 - 31 Oct 2006. Responsible: R Vallejo. [www.eufirelab.org] FINALISED.
  • SPREAD - Forest fire Spread prevention and mitigation. European Comission (EVG1-2001-000274). Period: Jan 2002 - Jan 2004. Responsible: R Vallejo. FINALISED.
  • LUCIFER - Land use change interactions with fire in Mediterranean Land. European Comission (DGXII ENV4-CT96-0320). Period: Dec 1996 - Nov 2000. Responsible: R Vallejo. FINALISED.