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Maria Almagro

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Maria Almagro


  • Position:
    Postdoctoral researcher
  • Main Research Field:
    Sustainable Land Management; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Contact information:
    Email address: maria.almagro@bc3research.org
    Contact phone: 0034 944 01 46 90 ext. 182
  • Research ID (WOK): Maria Almagro RID
  • Google Scholar: Maria Almagro Scholar
  • Download CV:  CV-MAB-15MAY2017 

Short CV

María Almagro is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences (University of Granada, 2003) and a PhD in Soil Conservation and Sustainable Management (University of Murcia, 2011).

She has worked on several projects at the Soil and Water Conservation Research Group from the Spanish Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC), at the National Museum of Natural History (MNCN-CSIC), at the Department of Sustainable Crop Production from the University of the Sacred Heart (Italy), at the Department of Environmental and Land Management from the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and at the Departments of Plant Physiology and Agricultural Ecology from the University of Bayreuth (Germany).

Her research focuses on sustainable land management practices and related ecosystem services (e.g. crop production, soil erosion control, soil fertility and water availability enhancement, and climate change mitigation and adaptation). She combines field measurements and modelling to investigate the impacts of changes in climate, land use and land management on soil carbon sequestration. Her main research interests are related to: (1) the adoption of integrated and sustainable farming systems for environmental and socio-economic sustainable development; (2) the prediction and understanding of the major drivers of soil respiration in drylands at both temporal and spatial scales; (3) understanding the response of plant litter decomposition to climate change and photodegradation in drylands based on field measurements and modelling; and (4) understanding the role of soil erosion in the carbon cycle from hillslopes to the catchment scale.

She’s actively involved in promoting the adoption of integrated and sustainable farming systems through demonstration of its agro-environmental and socio-economic benefits by using a combination of tailored trainings, stakeholder engagement, participatory monitoring and dissemination of information on their multiple benefits for the environment, farm profits and society in general.

Journal Articles

  • 2017
  • Almagro, M., Garcia-Franco, N., Martínez-Mena. 2017. The potential of reducing tillage frequency and incorporating plant residues as a strategy for climate change mitigation in semiarid Mediterranean agroecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. DOI (10.1016/j.agee.2017.05.016).
  • Ferrarini, A., Serra, P., Almagro, M., Trevisan, M., Amaducci, S. 2017. Multiple ecosystem services provision and biomass logistics management in bioenergy buffers: A state-of-the-art review. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews . DOI (10.1016/j.rser.2017.01.052).
  • 2016
  • Almagro, M.;Martinez-Lopez, J.; Maestre, F.T.;Rey, A. 2016. The Contribution of Photodegradation to Litter Decomposition in Semiarid Mediterranean Grasslands Depends on its Interaction with Local Humidity Conditions, Litter Quality and Position. ECOSYSTEMS. 1-16. DOI (10.1007/s10021-016-0036-5).

Conference Proceedings

  • 2017
  • Modeling the effect of solar UV radiation on plant litter decomposition in arid and semiarid contitions, presented at the Workshop on Global change effects on terrestrial ecosystems across spatial and temporal scales: gradients, experiments, remote sensing & models. ClimMani Cost Action Final Meeting, organized by University of Utrecht, Kaap Doorn, Netherlands, Oct, 2017
  • Plant residue quality mediate soil organic matter stabilization in an organic rainfed Mediterranean woody cropping system, presented at the 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter, organized by Rothamstem Research Centre, Rothamsted, United Kingdom, Sep, 2017
  • Stoichiometric and litter quality effects on microbial communities along the decay continuum of perennial energy crops, presented at the 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM, organized by Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom, Sep, 2017
  • Accumulated and mineralized OC at transport and deposition areas in a Mediterranean catchment in SE Spain, presented at the 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM, organized by Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom, Sep, 2017
  • Modeling the effect of solar UV radiation on plant litter decomposition in arid and semiarid conditions, presented at the 8th Conference on Plant Litter Processing in Freshwaters, organized by UPV, Bilbao, Spain, Jul, 2017
  • Contrasts and parallelisms in the biogeochemistry of dry riverbeds and soils, presented at the COST Action CA15113 - Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams, organized by IRSTEA, Lyon, France, Jun, 2017
  • Soil respiration in drylands: controlling factors and thresholds , presented at the Symposium Filling current knowledge gaps: understanding the role of plant-soil interactions in the MTEs, organized by XIV MEDECOS & XIII AEET meeting, Seville, Jan, 2017
  • 2016
  • The combination of climate-manipulation experiments and climatic gradient studies for understanding the role of photodegradation in dry Mediterranean perennial grasslands under climate change, presented at the Workshop on Experiments designed by nature - the use of gradients in climate change research. ClimMani Cost Action, organized by ClimMani Cost Action, Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro, Oct, 2016
  • Reduced tillage and cover crops as a strategy for mitigating atmospheric CO2 increase through soil organic carbon sequestration in in dry Mediterranean agroecosystems, presented at the EGU General Assembly, organized by EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr, 2016
  • 2015
  • Sustainable land management practices as providers of several ecosystem services under rainfed Mediterranean agroecosystems, presented at the EGU General Assembly, organized by EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, Apr, 2015
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