Dr. Emilio Rodriguez-Caballero
Líneas de investigación
My research is focused on the role of biocrust on key processes governing drylands functioning, their
interaction with other surface components, and the influence of global change on them. To advance in this
knowledge gap, I combine field studies with modelling and remote sensing techniques to address it at different spatio-temporal scales. As a result, my investigation deals not only local biocrust´s effects on soil stability or water and nutrient cycles, but also the importance of water and nutrient redistribution from biocrusts to vegetation, having a complete and multi‐disciplinary picture of drylands functioning.
I have also developed tools to map and quantify their coverage under current and future climatic conditions, which could be of particular importance for drylands management and for modelling diverse climatic scenarios in the future and I collaborate in several research project focused on biocrust restoration and conservation