The main aim of AGRODIV research group is to improve the knowledge on the impacts of management actions on the biodiversity of agricultural, agro-silvo-pastoral and forest ecosystems and landscapes, thus contributing to a better understanding of the environmental consequences of both local management practices and agricultural and forest policies (at national and EU-level).
Three main areas of research have been pursued:
1.Ecology of cereal steppes and associated biodiversity: these farming systems have a high natural value, cover large areas in the Iberian Peninsula and hold a community of several bird species with a threatened conservation status. Studies carried out focused on the characterisation of habitat preferences, assessing the impacts of agricultural management practices, the potential role of climate change and the impact of conservation actions on bird populations.
2. Ecology of cork oak open woodland montados: here research topics addressed mainly the impacts of management on biodiversity, e.g. grazing effects on understory plant and invertebrate diversity, impacts of cork extraction and canopy pruning on bird diversity.
3. Forest biodiversity: studies ranged from modelling plant diversity in forest fragments in intensive farmland, to the effects of understory management on butterfly diversity and effects of forest type and management on the characteristics of burned wood reaching streams after wildfires.