Fernando T. Maestre

Distinguished Researcher (Ecology)

Universidad de Alicante, Spain

I am a terrestrial ecologist interested in understanding how dryland ecosystems function, and how they will respond to ongoing global environmental change. I use a wide variety of tools (field observations and experiments, laboratory work and modeling) and biotic communities (vascular plants, biological soil crusts and soil microorganisms) for my research, which is carried out at multiple spatial scales, from microcosm and single-site studies to global field projects with study sites located all over the world. I am interested in understanding how dryland ecosystems function, and how they will respond to ongoing global environmental change. I use a wide variety of tools and biotic communities for my research, which is carried out at multiple spatial scales.

Publications

  • Soil characteristics determine soil carbon and nitrogen availability during leaf litter decomposition regardless of litter quality DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.11.009
  • Intransitive competition is widespread in plant communities and maintains their species richness DOI: 10.1111/ele.12456
  • Functional diversity enhances the resistance of ecosystem multifunctionality to aridity in Mediterranean drylands DOI: 10.1111/nph.13268
  • Differences in thallus chemistry are related to species-specific effects of biocrust-forming lichens on soil nutrients and microbial communities DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12403
  • Biocrusts modulate warming and rainfall exclusion effects on soil respiration in a semi-arid grassland DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.09.019
  • A missing link between facilitation and plant species coexistence: Nurses benefit generally rare species more than common ones DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12447
  • Vegetation structure is as important as climate for explaining ecosystem function across patagonian rangelands DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12273
  • Vascular Plants and Biocrusts Modulate How Abiotic Factors Affect Wetting and Drying Events in Drylands DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9790-4
  • Simulated climate change reduced the capacity of lichen-dominated biocrusts to act as carbon sinks in two semi-arid Mediterranean ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10531-014-0681-y
  • Sand burial compensates for the negative effects of erosion on the dune-building shrub Artemisia wudanica DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1866-y
  • Plant-plant interactions, environmental gradients and plant diversity: A global synthesis of community-level studies DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2014.04.001
  • Plant species richness and shrub cover attenuate drought effects on ecosystem functioning across Patagonian rangelands DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0673
  • Plant life on gypsum: A review of its multiple facets DOI: 10.1111/brv.12092
  • Plant diversity and ecosystem multifunctionality peak at intermediate levels of woody cover in global drylands DOI: 10.1111/geb.12215
  • Moving forward on facilitation research: Response to changing environments and effects on the diversity, functioning and evolution of plant communities DOI: 10.1111/brv.12110
  • Grass-woodland transitions: Determinants and consequences for ecosystem functioning and provisioning of services DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12326
  • Functional traits determine plant co-occurrence more than environment or evolutionary relatedness in global drylands DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2014.05.001
  • Erratum: Can current moisture responses predict soil CO2 efflux under altered precipitation regimes? A synthesis of manipulation experiments (Biogeosciences (2014) 11 (2991-3013)) DOI: 10.5194/bg-11-3307-2014
  • Environmental impacts of utility-scale solar energy DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2013.08.041
  • Earthworms modify plant biomass and nitrogen capture under conditions of soil nutrient heterogeneity and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.08.002
  • Direct and indirect impacts of climate change on microbial and biocrust communities alter the resistance of the N cycle in a semiarid grassland DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12303
  • Climate change will increase savannas at the expense of forests and treeless vegetation in tropical and subtropical Americas DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12325
  • Climate and soil attributes determine plant species turnover in global drylands DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12377
  • Changes in biocrust cover drive carbon cycle responses to climate change in drylands DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12659
  • Biological soil crusts in a changing world: Introduction to the special issue DOI: 10.1007/s10531-014-0727-1
  • Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) as a model system in community, landscape and ecosystem ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10531-014-0658-x
  • Biogeochemical indicators of elevated nitrogen deposition in semiarid Mediterranean ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10661-014-3822-6
  • Assessment of soil organic carbon at local scale with spiked NIR calibrations: Effects of selection and extra-weighting on the spiking subset DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12129
  • Aspects of soil lichen biodiversity and aggregation interact to influence subsurface microbial function DOI: 10.1007/s11104-014-2256-9
  • Vascular plants mediate the effects of aridity and soil properties on ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and archaea DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12119
  • Uncovering multiscale effects of aridity and biotic interactions on the functional structure of Mediterranean shrublands DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12063
  • Soil heterogeneity modulates responses to multiple global environmental changes in model grassland communities EID: 2-s2.0-84895326741
  • On the Importance of Shrub Encroachment by Sprouters, Climate, Species Richness and Anthropic Factors for Ecosystem Multifunctionality in Semi-arid Mediterranean Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10021-013-9683-y
  • Nitrogen deposition alters nitrogen cycling and reduces soil carbon content in low-productivity semiarid Mediterranean ecosystems DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.03.060
  • Evaluating the performance of multiple remote sensing indices to predict the spatial variability of ecosystem structure and functioning in Patagonian steppes DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.05.007
  • Ecotechnology as a tool for restoring degraded drylands: A meta-analysis of field experiments DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.09.066
  • Diversity and Patch-Size Distributions of Biological Soil Crusts Regulate Dryland Ecosystem Multifunctionality DOI: 10.1007/s10021-013-9644-5
  • Decoupling of soil nutrient cycles as a function of aridity in global drylands DOI: 10.1038/nature12670
  • Corrigendum to García-Palacios et al. [Ecol. Lett., 16, (2013) 1045-1053] DOI: 10.1111/ele.12179
  • Community-aggregated plant traits interact with soil nutrient heterogeneity to determine ecosystem functioning DOI: 10.1007/s11104-012-1349-6
  • Climate and litter quality differently modulate the effects of soil fauna on litter decomposition across biomes DOI: 10.1111/ele.12137
  • Changes in rainfall amount and frequency do not affect the outcome of the interaction between the shrub Retama sphaerocarpa and its neighbouring grasses in two semiarid communities DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2012.12.011
  • Changes in biocrust cover drive carbon cycle responses to climate change in drylands DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12306
  • Biological soil crusts promote N accumulation in response to dew events in dryland soils DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.02.015
  • Biological soil crusts increase the resistance of soil nitrogen dynamics to changes in temperatures in a semi-arid ecosystem DOI: 10.1007/s11104-012-1404-3
  • Biological soil crusts affect small-scale spatial patterns of inorganic N in a semiarid Mediterranean grassland DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2013.01.005
  • Biocrusts control the nitrogen dynamics and microbial functional diversity of semi-arid soils in response to nutrient additions DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1779-9
  • Aridity Modulates N Availability in Arid and Semiarid Mediterranean Grasslands DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059807
  • Warming reduces the growth and diversity of biological soil crusts in a semi-arid environment: Implications for ecosystem structure and functioning DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0344
  • Species richness effects on ecosystem multifunctionality depend on evenness, composition and spatial pattern DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01918.x
  • Shifting species interactions in terrestrial dryland ecosystems under altered water availability and climate change DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2011.00209.x
  • Seedling establishment along post-fire succession in Mediterranean shrublands dominated by obligate seeders DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2011.12.001
  • Response to comment on "Plant species richness and ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylands" DOI: 10.1126/science.1220620
  • Positive interactions can produce species-rich communities and increase species turnover through time DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rts005
  • Plant species richness and ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylands DOI: 10.1126/science.1215442
  • Plant responses to soil heterogeneity and global environmental change DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.02014.x
  • Nurse plant effects on plant species richness in drylands: The role of grazing, rainfall and species specificity DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2012.09.003
  • Null model tests for niche conservatism, phylogenetic assortment and habitat filtering DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2012.00217.x
  • It is getting hotter in here: Determining and projecting the impacts of global environmental change on drylands DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0323
  • Inferring local competition intensity from patch size distributions: A test using biological soil crusts DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20192.x
  • Impact of simulated changes in rainfall regime and nutrient deposition on the relative dominance and isotopic composition of ruderal plants in anthropogenic grasslands DOI: 10.1007/s11104-011-0998-1
  • Evolutionary relationships can be more important than abiotic conditions in predicting the outcome of plant-plant interactions DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20309.x
  • Environmental conditions and biotic interactions acting together promote phylogenetic randomness in semi-arid plant communities: New methods help to avoid misleading conclusions DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01410.x
  • Contingency in ecosystem but not plant community response to multiple global change factors DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04271.x
  • Assemblage of a semi-arid annual plant community: Abiotic and biotic filters act hierarchically DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041270
  • A resprouter herb reduces negative density-dependent effects among neighboring seeders after fire DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2011.08.004
  • The restoration of vegetation cover in the semi-arid Iberian southeast DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.08.003
  • Temporal dynamics of herbivory and water availability interactively modulate the outcome of a grass-shrub interaction in a semi-arid ecosystem DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2010.18993.x
  • Soil nutrient heterogeneity modulates ecosystem responses to changes in the identity and richness of plant functional groups DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2010.01765.x
  • Shrub encroachment does not reduce the activity of some soil enzymes in Mediterranean semiarid grasslands DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2011.04.023
  • Remote sensing data predict indicators of soil functioning in semi-arid steppes, central Spain DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.02.015
  • Relationships between biological soil crusts, bacterial diversity and abundance, and ecosystem functioning: Insights from a semi-arid Mediterranean environment DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2010.01236.x
  • Randomization tests for quantifying species importance to ecosystem function DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00121.x
  • Positive plant interactions in the Iberian Southeast: Mechanisms, environmental gradients, and ecosystem function DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.01.016
  • Microhabitat amelioration and reduced competition among understorey plants as drivers of facilitation across environmental gradients: Towards a unifying framework DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2011.06.001
  • Impacts of shrub encroachment on ecosystem structure and functioning: Towards a global synthesis DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01630.x
  • Functional profiles reveal unique ecological roles of various biological soil crust organisms DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01835.x
  • Ecosystem development in roadside grasslands: Biotic control, plant-soil interactions, and dispersal limitations DOI: 10.1890/11-0204.1
  • Ecology and functional roles of biological soil crusts in semi-arid ecosystems of Spain DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.12.008
  • Early-successional vegetation changes after roadside prairie restoration modify processes related with soil functioning by changing microbial functional diversity DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2011.02.014
  • Biological soil crusts: Recent advances in our knowledge of their structure and ecological function | La costra biológica del suelo: Avances recientes en el conocimiento de su estructura y función ecológica DOI: 10.4067/S0716-078X2011000100001
  • Biological Soil Crust Microsites Are the Main Contributor to Soil Respiration in a Semiarid Ecosystem DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9449-3
  • Weak effects of the exotic invasive Carpobrotus edulis on the structure and composition of Portuguese sand-dune communities DOI: 10.1007/s10530-009-9613-2
  • Spatio-temporal heterogeneity in abiotic factors modulate multiple ontogenetic shifts between competition and facilitation DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2010.02.003
  • Plants and biological soil crusts modulate the dominance of N forms in a semi-arid grassland DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.11.003
  • Is the patch size distribution of vegetation a suitable indicator of desertification processes? Reply DOI: 10.1890/10-0391.1
  • Interactive effects of three ecosystem engineers on infiltration in a semi-arid Mediterranean grassland DOI: 10.1007/s10021-010-9335-4
  • Effects of positive interactions, size symmetry of competition and abiotic stress on self-thinning in simulated plant populations DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcq145
  • Dominant plant species modulate responses to hydroseeding, irrigation and fertilization during the restoration of semiarid motorway slopes DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2010.06.005
  • Do biotic interactions modulate ecosystem functioning along stress gradients? Insights from semi-arid plant and biological soil crust communities DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0016
  • Disturbance of the biological soil crusts and performance of Stipa tenacissima in a semi-arid Mediterranean steppe DOI: 10.1007/s11104-010-0384-4
  • Competition increases with abiotic stress and regulates the diversity of biological soil crusts DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2010.01647.x
  • Co-occurrence patterns and abiotic stress in sand-dune communities: Their relationship varies with spatial scale and the stress estimator DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2009.10.003
  • Biological soil crusts modulate nitrogen availability in semi-arid ecosystems: Insights from a Mediterranean grassland DOI: 10.1007/s11104-009-0276-7
  • Biological crusts as a model system for examining the biodiversity-ecosystem function relationship in soils DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.10.025
  • Shrub encroachment can reverse desertification in semi-arid Mediterranean grasslands DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01352.x
  • Refining the stress-gradient hypothesis for competition and facilitation in plant communities DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2008.01476.x
  • Positive interactions can increase size inequality in plant populations DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2009.01562.x
  • On the relationship between abiotic stress and co-occurrence patterns: An assessment at the community level using soil lichen communities and multiple stress gradients DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.17362.x
  • Is the patch size distribution of vegetation a suitable indicator of desertification processes? DOI: 10.1890/08-2096.1
  • Is the cask of facilitation ready for bottling? A symposium on the connectivity and future directions of positive plant interactions DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0384
  • Indices based on surface indicators predict soil functioning in Mediterranean semi-arid steppes DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2008.12.007
  • Beyond dual-lattice models: Incorporating plant strategies when modeling the interplay between facilitation and competition along environmental severity gradients DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.01.011
  • Where do seedlings go? A spatio-temporal analysis of seedling mortality in a semi-arid gypsophyte DOI: 10.1111/j.0906-7590.2008.05299.x
  • Shifts in the regeneration niche of an endangered tree (Acer opalus ssp. granatense) during ontogeny: Using an ecological concept for application DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2007.06.012
  • On the relevance of facilitation in alpine meadow communities: An experimental assessment with multiple species differing in their ecological optimum DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2007.10.002
  • On the relative importance of the effects of selection and complementarity as drivers of diversity-productivity relationships in Mediterranean shrublands DOI: 10.1111/j.0030-1299.2008.16910.x
  • More ecology is needed to restore mediterranean ecosystems: A reply to valladares and gianoli DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2008.00390.x
  • Facilitation in plant communities: The past, the present, and the future DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2007.01295.x
  • Early environments drive diversity and floristic composition in Mediterranean old fields: Insights from a long-term experiment DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2008.06.006
  • Balance between facilitation and resource competition determines biomass-density relationships in plant populations DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01228.x
  • Are soil lichen communities structured by biotic interactions? A null model analysis DOI: 10.3170/2007-8-18366
  • Soil lichens have species-specific effects on the seedling emergence of three gypsophile plant species DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2006.12.019
  • On the balance between niche and neutral processes as drivers of community structure along a successional gradient: Insights from alpine and sub-alpine meadow communities DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcm166
  • Individual vs. population plastic responses to elevated CO2, nutrient availability, and heterogeneity: A microcosm experiment with co-occurring species DOI: 10.1007/s11104-007-9289-2
  • Ecology: Global desertification: Building a science for dryland development DOI: 10.1126/science.1131634
  • Biomass responses to elevated CO2, soil heterogeneity and diversity: An experimental assessment with grassland assemblages DOI: 10.1007/s00442-006-0577-y
  • Amount or pattern? Grassland responses to the heterogeneity and availability of two key resources DOI: 10.1890/06-0421
  • Watering, fertilization, and slurry inoculation promote recovery of biological crust function in degraded soils DOI: 10.1007/s00248-006-9017-0
  • Understanding global desertification: Biophysical and socioeconomic dimensions of hydrology DOI: 10.1007/1-4020-4260-4_18
  • The stress-gradient hypothesis does not fit all relationships between plant-plant interactions and abiotic stress: Further insights from arid environments DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2005.01089.x
  • The role of the perch effect on the nucleation process in Mediterranean semi-arid oldfields DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2005.12.004
  • Stipa tenacissima does not affect the foliar δ13C and δ15N of introduced shrub seedlings in a Mediterranean semi-arid steppe DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2006.00295.x
  • Spatial heterogeneity in soil nutrient supply modulates nutrient and biomass responses to multiple global change drivers in model grassland communities DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01262.x
  • Soil heterogeneity and community composition jointly influence grassland biomass DOI: 10.1658/1100-9233(2006)017[0261:SHACCJ]2.0.CO;2
  • Small-scale spatial heterogeneity in the vertical distribution of soil nutrients has limited effects on the growth and development of Prosopis glandulosa seedlings DOI: 10.1007/s11258-005-9007-1
  • Small-scale patterns of abundance of mosses and lichens forming biological soil crusts in two semi-arid gypsum environments DOI: 10.1071/BT05078
  • Nutrient availability and atmospheric CO2 partial pressure modulate the effects of nutrient heterogeneity on the size structure of populations in grassland species DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcl093
  • Linking the spatial patterns of organisms and abiotic factors to ecosystem function and management: Insights from semi-arid environments EID: 2-s2.0-33846280891
  • Facilitation and inhibition of seedlings of an invasive tree (Acer platanoides) by different tree species in a mountain ecosystem DOI: 10.1007/s10530-004-5163-9
  • Ecosystem structure, function, and restoration success: Are they related? DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2006.04.004
  • Ecosystem structure and soil-surface conditions drive the variability in the foliar δ13C and δ15N of Stipa tenacissima in semiarid Mediterranean steppes DOI: 10.1007/s11284-005-0091-4
  • Ecohydrological feedbacks and linkages associated with land degradation: A case study from Mexico DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6337
  • Are ecosystem composition, structure, and functional status related to restoration success? A test from semiarid mediterranean steppes DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2006.00128.x
  • Spatial pattern and neighbour effects on Helianthemum squamatum seedlings in a Mediterranean gypsum community EID: 2-s2.0-26444539632
  • Spatial associations and patterns of perennial vegetation ina semi-arid steppe: A multivariate geostatistics approach DOI: 10.1007/s11258-004-4641-6
  • Soil nutrient heterogeneity interacts with elevated CO2 and nutrient availability to determine species and assemblage responses in a model grassland community DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01547.x
  • Remnant shrubs in Mediterranean semi-arid steppes: Effects of shrub size, abiotic factors and species identity on understorey richness and occurrence DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2004.11.003
  • Is the change of plant-plant interactions with abiotic stress predictable? A meta-analysis of field results in arid environments DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2005.01017.x
  • Does spatial pattern matter to ecosystem functioning? Insights from biological soil crusts DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2005.01000.x
  • Spatio-temporal dynamics of chlorophyll fluorescence in a semi-arid Mediterranean shrubland DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2003.08.009
  • Spatial analysis of semi-arid patchy vegetation by the cumulative distribution of patch boundary spacings and transition probabilities DOI: 10.1023/B:EEST.0000038015.83910.37
  • On the importance of patch attributes, environmental factors and past human impacts as determinants of perennial plant species richness and diversity in Mediterranean semiarid steppes DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2004.00057.x
  • Mechanisms underlying the interaction between Pinus halepensis and the native late-successional shrub Pistacia lentiscus in a semi-arid plantation DOI: 10.1111/j.0906-7590.2004.03990.x
  • Insights into ecosystem composition and function in a sequence of degraded semiarid steppes DOI: 10.1111/j.1061-2971.2004.03106.x
  • Do positive interactions increase with abiotic stress? A test from a semi-arid steppe EID: 2-s2.0-3242886279
  • Are Pinus halepensis plantations useful as a restoration tool in semiarid Mediterranean areas? DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2004.05.040
  • Afforestation with Pinus halepensis reduces native shrub performance in a Mediterranean semiarid area DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2003.10.001
  • Small-scale spatial variation in soil CO2 efflux in a Mediterranean semiarid steppe DOI: 10.1016/S0929-1393(03)00050-7
  • Small-scale spatial patterns of two soil lichens in semi-arid Mediterranean steppe DOI: 10.1006/lich.2002.0425
  • Small-scale spatial patterns of biological crusts in a Mediterranean semi-arid ecosystem | Variaciones en el patrón espacial a pequeña escala de los componentes de la costra biológica en un ecosistema Mediterráneo semiárido EID: 2-s2.0-0038471281
  • Small-scale Environmental Heterogeneity and Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Seedling Establishment in a Semiarid Degraded Ecosystem DOI: 10.1007/s10021-002-0222-5
  • Positive, negative, and net effects in grass-shrub interactions in Mediterranean semiarid grasslands EID: 2-s2.0-1342288415
  • Microsite differences in fungal hyphal length, glomalin, and soil aggregate stability in semiarid Mediterranean steppes DOI: 10.1016/S0038-0717(03)00185-8
  • Does Pinus halepensis facilitate the establishment of shrubs in Mediterranean semi-arid afforestations? DOI: 10.1016/S0378-1127(02)00269-4
  • Spatial patterns of surface soil properties and vegetation in a Mediterranean semi-arid steppe DOI: 10.1023/A:1016172308462
  • Microsite and mycorrhizal inoculum effects on the establishment of Quercus coccifera in a semi-arid degraded steppe DOI: 10.1016/S0925-8574(02)00097-6
  • Infiltration, penetration resistance and microphytic crust composition in contrasted microsites within a Mediterranean semi-arid steppe DOI: 10.1016/S0038-0717(02)00021-4
  • Potential for using facilitation by grasses to establish shrubs on a semiarid degraded steppe EID: 2-s2.0-0035665826
  • Industrial development versus environmental conservation at local scale: A case study from southeastern Spain DOI: 10.1007/s0026702411
  • Species-specific adaptations determine how aridity and biotic interactions drive the assembly of dryland plant communities
  • Synthetic Biology for Terraformation Lessons from Mars, Earth, and the Microbiome
  • Author Correction: Plant spatial patterns identify alternative ecosystem multifunctionality states in global drylands.
  • Abiotic and biotic drivers underly short- and long-term soil respiration responses to experimental warming in a dryland ecosystem
  • Aridity preferences alter the relative importance of abiotic and biotic drivers on plant species abundance in global drylands
  • Albedo estimated from remote sensing correlates with ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylands
  • Biocrusts buffer against the accumulation of soil metallic nutrients induced by warming and rainfall reduction
  • Climate mediates the biodiversity–ecosystem stability relationship globally
  • The proportion of soil-borne pathogens increases with warming at the global scale
  • Soil resources and element stocks in drylands to face global issues
  • Soil fungal abundance and plant functional traits drive fertile island formation in global drylands
  • Biocrust-forming mosses mitigate the impact of aridity on soil microbial communities in drylands: observational evidence from three continents.
  • Response to comment on "Climate legacies drive global soil carbon stocks in terrestrial ecosystem".
  • Temperature and aridity regulate spatial variability of soil multifunctionality in drylands across the globe.
  • Detecting macroecological patterns in bacterial communities across independent studies of global soils.
  • Warming reduces the cover, richness and evenness of lichen-dominated biocrusts but promotes moss growth: insights from an 8 yr experiment.
  • A global atlas of the dominant bacteria found in soil.
  • Soil microbial communities drive the resistance of ecosystem multifunctionality to global change in drylands across the globe.
  • Testing the environmental filtering concept in global drylands.
  • Long‐term nitrogen loading alleviates phosphorus limitation in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Australian dryland soils are acidic and nutrient‐depleted, and have unique microbial communities compared with other drylands
  • Contrasting mechanisms underlie short‐ and longer‐term soil respiration responses to experimental warming in a dryland ecosystem
  • Blind spots in global soil biodiversity and ecosystem function research
  • Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs
  • Unraveling Misunderstandings about Desertification: The Paradoxical Case of the Tabernas-Sorbas Basin in Southeast Spain
  • Redefining ecosystem multifunctionality
  • Soil moisture dynamics under two rainfall frequency treatments drive early spring CO2 gas exchange of lichen-dominated biocrusts in central Spain
  • Increasing microbial carbon use efficiency with warming predicts soil heterotrophic respiration globally
  • Cellular and non-cellular mineralization of organic carbon in soils with contrasted physicochemical properties
  • Pathways regulating decreased soil respiration with warming in a biocrust-dominated dryland
  • Soil microbial respiration adapts to ambient temperature in global drylands
  • Ecological niche differentiation in soil cyanobacterial communities across the globe
  • Biotic and Abiotic Drivers of Topsoil Organic Carbon Concentration in Drylands Have Similar Effects at Regional and Global Scales
  • Desertifying deserts
  • Aridity and reduced soil micronutrient availability in global drylands
  • Multifunctionality debt in global drylands linked to past biome and climate
  • A few Ascomycota taxa dominate soil fungal communities worldwide
  • Changes in belowground biodiversity during ecosystem development
  • Phylogenetic, functional, and taxonomic richness have both positive and negative effects on ecosystem multifunctionality
  • The global-scale distributions of soil protists and their contributions to belowground systems
  • Plant spatial patterns identify alternative ecosystem multifunctionality states in global drylands
  • Climate legacies drive global soil carbon stocks in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Functional trait diversity maximizes ecosystem multifunctionality
  • Diversity of biocrust-forming cyanobacteria in a semiarid gypsiferous site from Central Spain
  • The Structure Of Plant Spatial Association Networks Increases Plant Diversity In Global Drylands
  • Experimental and observational studies find contrasting responses of soil nutrients to climate change
  • Simulated climate change affects how biocrusts modulate infiltration and desiccation dynamics
  • Palaeoclimate explains a unique proportion of the global variation in soil bacterial communities
  • Microbial biotechnology as a tool to restore degraded drylands
  • Increases in aridity lead to drastic shifts in the assembly of dryland complex microbial networks
  • Data from "Warming reduces the cover and diversity of biocrust-forming mosses and lichens, and increases the physiological stress of soil microbial communities in a semi-arid Pinus halepensis plantation"
  • Data from "Spatial associations and patterns of perennial vegetation in a semi-arid steppe: a multivariate geostatistics approach"
  • Functional diversity enhances the resistance of ecosystem multifunctionality to aridity in Mediterranean drylands
  • Human impacts and aridity differentially alter soil N availability in drylands worldwide
  • Differences in thallus chemistry are related to species-specific effects of biocrust-forming lichens on soil nutrients and microbial communities
  • Vascular Plants and Biocrusts Modulate How Abiotic Factors Affect Wetting and Drying Events in Drylands
  • Sand burial compensates for the negative effects of erosion on the dune-building shrub Artemisia wudanica
  • Plant life on gypsum: A review of its multiple facets
  • Plant diversity and ecosystem multifunctionality peak at intermediate levels of woody cover in global drylands
  • Moving forward on facilitation research: Response to changing environments and effects on the diversity, functioning and evolution of plant communities
  • Grass-woodland transitions: Determinants and consequences for ecosystem functioning and provisioning of services
  • Functional traits determine plant co-occurrence more than environment or evolutionary relatedness in global drylands
  • Erratum: Can current moisture responses predict soil CO2 efflux under altered precipitation regimes? A synthesis of manipulation experiments (Biogeosciences (2014) 11 (2991-3013))
  • Direct and indirect impacts of climate change on microbial and biocrust communities alter the resistance of the N cycle in a semiarid grassland
  • Assessment of soil organic carbon at local scale with spiked NIR calibrations: Effects of selection and extra-weighting on the spiking subset
  • Aspects of soil lichen biodiversity and aggregation interact to influence subsurface microbial function
  • Aridity Modulates N Availability in Arid and Semiarid Mediterranean Grasslands
  • Changes in rainfall amount and frequency do not affect the outcome of the interaction between the shrub Retama sphaerocarpa and its neighbouring grasses in two semiarid communities.
  • Increasing aridity reduces soil microbial diversity and abundance in global drylands
  • Structure and functioning of dryland ecosystems in a changing world.
  • Plant size and leaf area influence phenological and reproductive responses to warming in semiarid Mediterranean species.
  • A multifaceted view on the impacts of shrub encroachment.
  • Environmental correlates of species rank - abundance distributions in global drylands.
  • Microsite Differentiation Drives the Abundance of Soil Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria along Aridity Gradients.
  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal assemblages in biological crusts from a Neotropical savanna are not related to the dominant perennial Trachypogon.
  • Biocrusts modulate warming and rainfall exclusion effects on soil respiration in a semi-arid grassland
  • Soil characteristics determine soil carbon and nitrogen availability during leaf litter decomposition regardless of litter quality
  • Vegetation structure is as important as climate for explaining ecosystem function across patagonian rangelands
  • Simulated climate change reduced the capacity of lichen-dominated biocrusts to act as carbon sinks in two semi-arid Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Plant-plant interactions, environmental gradients and plant diversity: A global synthesis of community-level studies
  • Environmental impacts of utility-scale solar energy
  • Earthworms modify plant biomass and nitrogen capture under conditions of soil nutrient heterogeneity and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations
  • Climate change will increase savannas at the expense of forests and treeless vegetation in tropical and subtropical Americas
  • Climate and soil attributes determine plant species turnover in global drylands
  • Changes in biocrust cover drive carbon cycle responses to climate change in drylands
  • Biological soil crusts in a changing world: Introduction to the special issue
  • Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) as a model system in community, landscape and ecosystem ecology
  • Biogeochemical indicators of elevated nitrogen deposition in semiarid Mediterranean ecosystems
  • A missing link between facilitation and plant species coexistence: Nurses benefit generally rare species more than common ones
  • Intransitive competition is widespread in plant communities and maintains their species richness
  • Plant species richness and shrub cover attenuate drought effects on ecosystem functioning across Patagonian rangelands
  • Matrix models for quantifying competitive intransitivity.
  • Biocrust-forming mosses mitigate the negative impacts of increasing aridity on ecosystem multifunctionality in drylands
  • Traits of neighbouring plants and space limitation determine intraspecific trait variability in semi-arid shrublands
  • Can we infer plant facilitation from remote sensing? a test across global drylands
  • Climate change may reduce litter decomposition while enhancing the contribution of photodegradation in dry perennial Mediterranean grasslands
  • Climatic conditions, soil fertility and atmospheric nitrogen deposition largely determine the structure and functioning of microbial communities in biocrust-dominated Mediterranean drylands
  • Warming reduces the cover and diversity of biocrust-forming mosses and lichens, and increases the physiological stress of soil microbial communities in a semi-arid Pinus halepensis plantation
  • Microbial diversity drives multifunctionality in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Photosynthesis and growth reduction with warming are driven by nonstomatal limitations in a Mediterranean semi-arid shrub
  • Vascular plants mediate the effects of aridity and soil properties on ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and archaea
  • Uncovering multiscale effects of aridity and biotic interactions on the functional structure of Mediterranean shrublands
  • Diversity and Patch-Size Distributions of Biological Soil Crusts Regulate Dryland Ecosystem Multifunctionality
  • Decoupling of soil nutrient cycles as a function of aridity in global drylands
  • Corrigendum to García-Palacios et al. [Ecol. Lett., 16, (2013) 1045-1053]
  • Changes in biocrust cover drive carbon cycle responses to climate change in drylands
  • Biological soil crusts affect small-scale spatial patterns of inorganic N in a semiarid Mediterranean grassland
  • Biocrusts control the nitrogen dynamics and microbial functional diversity of semi-arid soils in response to nutrient additions
  • Warming reduces the growth and diversity of biological soil crusts in a semi-arid environment: Implications for ecosystem structure and functioning
  • Species richness effects on ecosystem multifunctionality depend on evenness, composition and spatial pattern
  • Shifting species interactions in terrestrial dryland ecosystems under altered water availability and climate change
  • Positive interactions can produce species-rich communities and increase species turnover through time
  • Plant species richness and ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylands
  • Plant responses to soil heterogeneity and global environmental change
  • Seedling establishment along post-fire succession in Mediterranean shrublands dominated by obligate seeders
  • Community-aggregated plant traits interact with soil nutrient heterogeneity to determine ecosystem functioning
  • Soil heterogeneity modulates responses to multiple global environmental changes in model grassland communities
  • On the Importance of Shrub Encroachment by Sprouters, Climate, Species Richness and Anthropic Factors for Ecosystem Multifunctionality in Semi-arid Mediterranean Ecosystems
  • Nitrogen deposition alters nitrogen cycling and reduces soil carbon content in low-productivity semiarid Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Evaluating the performance of multiple remote sensing indices to predict the spatial variability of ecosystem structure and functioning in Patagonian steppes
  • Ecotechnology as a tool for restoring degraded drylands: A meta-analysis of field experiments
  • Impact of simulated changes in rainfall regime and nutrient deposition on the relative dominance and isotopic composition of ruderal plants in anthropogenic grasslands
  • Climate and litter quality differently modulate the effects of soil fauna on litter decomposition across biomes
  • Changes in rainfall amount and frequency do not affect the outcome of the interaction between the shrub Retama sphaerocarpa and its neighbouring grasses in two semiarid communities
  • Biological soil crusts promote N accumulation in response to dew events in dryland soils
  • Biological soil crusts increase the resistance of soil nitrogen dynamics to changes in temperatures in a semi-arid ecosystem
  • Response to comment on "Plant species richness and ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylands"
  • Nurse plant effects on plant species richness in drylands: The role of grazing, rainfall and species specificity
  • Null model tests for niche conservatism, phylogenetic assortment and habitat filtering
  • It is getting hotter in here: Determining and projecting the impacts of global environmental change on drylands
  • Inferring local competition intensity from patch size distributions: A test using biological soil crusts
  • Evolutionary relationships can be more important than abiotic conditions in predicting the outcome of plant-plant interactions
  • Environmental conditions and biotic interactions acting together promote phylogenetic randomness in semi-arid plant communities: New methods help to avoid misleading conclusions
  • Contingency in ecosystem but not plant community response to multiple global change factors
  • Assemblage of a semi-arid annual plant community: Abiotic and biotic filters act hierarchically
  • A resprouter herb reduces negative density-dependent effects among neighboring seeders after fire
  • Ecosystem development in roadside grasslands: Biotic control, plant-soil interactions, and dispersal limitations
  • Impacts of shrub encroachment on ecosystem structure and functioning: Towards a global synthesis
  • Functional profiles reveal unique ecological roles of various biological soil crust organisms
  • Ecology and functional roles of biological soil crusts in semi-arid ecosystems of Spain
  • Early-successional vegetation changes after roadside prairie restoration modify processes related with soil functioning by changing microbial functional diversity
  • Biological soil crusts: Recent advances in our knowledge of their structure and ecological function | La costra biológica del suelo: Avances recientes en el conocimiento de su estructura y función ecológica
  • Biological Soil Crust Microsites Are the Main Contributor to Soil Respiration in a Semiarid Ecosystem
  • Nurse plant effects on plant species richness in drylands: the role of grazing, rainfall and species specificity.
  • Plant responses to soil heterogeneity and global environmental change.
  • Environmental conditions and biotic interactions acting together promote phylogenetic randomness in semi-arid plant communities: new methods help to avoid misleading conclusions.
  • Evolutionary relationships can be more important than abiotic conditions in predicting the outcome of plant-plant interactions.
  • Ecology and functional roles of biological soil crusts in semi-arid ecosystems of Spain.
  • Microhabitat amelioration and reduced competition among understorey plants as drivers of facilitation across environmental gradients: towards a unifying framework.
  • Soil nutrient heterogeneity modulates ecosystem responses to changes in the identity and richness of plant functional groups
  • Remote sensing data predict indicators of soil functioning in semi-arid steppes, central Spain
  • Relationships between biological soil crusts, bacterial diversity and abundance, and ecosystem functioning: Insights from a semi-arid Mediterranean environment
  • Positive plant interactions in the Iberian Southeast: Mechanisms, environmental gradients, and ecosystem function
  • Co-occurrence patterns and abiotic stress in sand-dune communities: Their relationship varies with spatial scale and the stress estimator
  • Shrub encroachment can reverse desertification in semi-arid Mediterranean grasslands
  • On the balance between niche and neutral processes as drivers of community structure along a successional gradient: Insights from alpine and sub-alpine meadow communities
  • Biomass responses to elevated CO2, soil heterogeneity and diversity: An experimental assessment with grassland assemblages
  • Are ecosystem composition, structure, and functional status related to restoration success? A test from semiarid mediterranean steppes
  • Is the patch size distribution of vegetation a suitable indicator of desertification processes?
  • Plants and biological soil crusts modulate the dominance of N forms in a semi-arid grassland
  • Is the patch size distribution of vegetation a suitable indicator of desertification processes? Reply
  • Interactive effects of three ecosystem engineers on infiltration in a semi-arid Mediterranean grassland
  • Is the cask of facilitation ready for bottling? A symposium on the connectivity and future directions of positive plant interactions
  • The restoration of vegetation cover in the semi-arid Iberian southeast
  • Temporal dynamics of herbivory and water availability interactively modulate the outcome of a grass-shrub interaction in a semi-arid ecosystem
  • Soil nutrient heterogeneity modulates ecosystem responses to changes in the identity and richness of plant functional groups
  • Shrub encroachment does not reduce the activity of some soil enzymes in Mediterranean semiarid grasslands
  • Effects of positive interactions, size symmetry of competition and abiotic stress on self-thinning in simulated plant populations
  • Dominant plant species modulate responses to hydroseeding, irrigation and fertilization during the restoration of semiarid motorway slopes
  • Biological soil crusts modulate nitrogen availability in semi-arid ecosystems: Insights from a Mediterranean grassland
  • Randomization tests for quantifying species importance to ecosystem function
  • Microhabitat amelioration and reduced competition among understorey plants as drivers of facilitation across environmental gradients: Towards a unifying framework
  • Weak effects of the exotic invasive Carpobrotus edulis on the structure and composition of Portuguese sand-dune communities
  • Spatio-temporal heterogeneity in abiotic factors modulate multiple ontogenetic shifts between competition and facilitation
  • Do biotic interactions modulate ecosystem functioning along stress gradients? Insights from semi-arid plant and biological soil crust communities
  • Disturbance of the biological soil crusts and performance of Stipa tenacissima in a semi-arid Mediterranean steppe
  • Competition increases with abiotic stress and regulates the diversity of biological soil crusts
  • Biological crusts as a model system for examining the biodiversity-ecosystem function relationship in soils
  • Refining the stress-gradient hypothesis for competition and facilitation in plant communities
  • Positive interactions can increase size inequality in plant populations
  • On the relationship between abiotic stress and co-occurrence patterns: An assessment at the community level using soil lichen communities and multiple stress gradients
  • Indices based on surface indicators predict soil functioning in Mediterranean semi-arid steppes
  • Beyond dual-lattice models: Incorporating plant strategies when modeling the interplay between facilitation and competition along environmental severity gradients
  • Where do seedlings go? A spatio-temporal analysis of seedling mortality in a semi-arid gypsophyte
  • Shifts in the regeneration niche of an endangered tree (Acer opalus ssp. granatense) during ontogeny: Using an ecological concept for application
  • On the relevance of facilitation in alpine meadow communities: An experimental assessment with multiple species differing in their ecological optimum
  • On the relative importance of the effects of selection and complementarity as drivers of diversity-productivity relationships in Mediterranean shrublands
  • More ecology is needed to restore mediterranean ecosystems: A reply to valladares and gianoli
  • Facilitation in plant communities: The past, the present, and the future
  • Early environments drive diversity and floristic composition in Mediterranean old fields: Insights from a long-term experiment
  • Balance between facilitation and resource competition determines biomass-density relationships in plant populations
  • Are soil lichen communities structured by biotic interactions? A null model analysis
  • Soil lichens have species-specific effects on the seedling emergence of three gypsophile plant species
  • Individual vs. population plastic responses to elevated CO2, nutrient availability, and heterogeneity: A microcosm experiment with co-occurring species
  • Ecology: Global desertification: Building a science for dryland development
  • Amount or pattern? Grassland responses to the heterogeneity and availability of two key resources
  • Ecosystem structure and soil-surface conditions drive the variability in the foliar δ13C and δ15N of Stipa tenacissima in semiarid Mediterranean steppes
  • Ecohydrological feedbacks and linkages associated with land degradation: A case study from Mexico
  • Soil heterogeneity and community composition jointly influence grassland biomass
  • Book Review
  • Small-scale spatial patterns of two soil lichens in semi-arid Mediterranean steppe
  • Biological soil crusts control N dynamics and microbial functional diversity in response to nutrient additions
  • Evaluando la idoneidad de indicadores de alerta temprana de desertificación en ecosistemas semiáridos mediterráneos
  • Biological soil crusts modulate effects of changes in temperature and soil moisture on the N cycle
  • Soil nutrient heterogeneity interacts with elevated CO2 and nutrient availability to determine species and assemblage responses in a model grassland community
  • Database on soil and vegetation attributes of 225 dryland sites from around the world
  • Restoration of semi-arid Stipa tenacissima steppes
  • Linking the spatial patterns of organisms and abiotic factors to ecosystem function and management: Insights from semi-arid environments
  • Small-scale spatial patterns of biological crusts in a Mediterranean semi-arid ecosystem | Variaciones en el patrón espacial a pequeña escala de los componentes de la costra biológica en un ecosistema Mediterráneo semiárido
  • Shrub encroachment and dryland desertification: a global analysis
  • Small-scale spatial variation in soil CO2 efflux in a Mediterranean semiarid steppe
  • Positive, negative, and net effects in grass–shrub interactions in mediterranean semiarid grasslands
  • Ecosystem structure, function, and restoration success: Are they related?
  • Spatial heterogeneity in soil nutrient supply modulates nutrient and biomass responses to multiple global change drivers in model grassland communities
  • Soil heterogeneity and community composition jointly influence grassland biomass
  • Facilitation and inhibition of seedlings of an invasive tree (Acer platanoides) by different tree species in a mountain ecosystem
  • Are Pinus halepensis plantations useful as a restoration tool in semiarid Mediterranean areas?
  • Industrial development versus environmental conservation at local scale: A case study from southeastern Spain
  • Watering, fertilization, and slurry inoculation promote recovery of biological crust function in degraded soils
  • Understanding global desertification: Biophysical and socioeconomic dimensions of hydrology
  • The stress-gradient hypothesis does not fit all relationships between plant-plant interactions and abiotic stress: Further insights from arid environments
  • The role of the perch effect on the nucleation process in Mediterranean semi-arid oldfields
  • Stipa tenacissima does not affect the foliar δ13C and δ15N of introduced shrub seedlings in a Mediterranean semi-arid steppe
  • Small-scale spatial heterogeneity in the vertical distribution of soil nutrients has limited effects on the growth and development of Prosopis glandulosa seedlings
  • Small-scale patterns of abundance of mosses and lichens forming biological soil crusts in two semi-arid gypsum environments
  • Nutrient availability and atmospheric CO2 partial pressure modulate the effects of nutrient heterogeneity on the size structure of populations in grassland species
  • Insights into ecosystem composition and function in a sequence of degraded semiarid steppes
  • Do positive interactions increase with abiotic stress? A test from a semi-arid steppe
  • Spatial pattern and neighbour effects on Helianthemum squamatum seedlings in a Mediterranean gypsum community
  • Spatial associations and patterns of perennial vegetation ina semi-arid steppe: A multivariate geostatistics approach
  • Remnant shrubs in Mediterranean semi-arid steppes: Effects of shrub size, abiotic factors and species identity on understorey richness and occurrence
  • Is the change of plant-plant interactions with abiotic stress predictable? A meta-analysis of field results in arid environments
  • Does spatial pattern matter to ecosystem functioning? Insights from biological soil crusts
  • Spatio-temporal dynamics of chlorophyll fluorescence in a semi-arid Mediterranean shrubland
  • Spatial analysis of semi-arid patchy vegetation by the cumulative distribution of patch boundary spacings and transition probabilities
  • On the importance of patch attributes, environmental factors and past human impacts as determinants of perennial plant species richness and diversity in Mediterranean semiarid steppes
  • Mechanisms underlying the interaction between Pinus halepensis and the native late-successional shrub Pistacia lentiscus in a semi-arid plantation
  • Afforestation with Pinus halepensis reduces native shrub performance in a Mediterranean semiarid area
  • Small-scale spatial variation in soil CO2 efflux in a Mediterranean semiarid steppe
  • Small-scale Environmental Heterogeneity and Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Seedling Establishment in a Semiarid Degraded Ecosystem
  • Positive, negative, and net effects in grass-shrub interactions in Mediterranean semiarid grasslands
  • Microsite differences in fungal hyphal length, glomalin, and soil aggregate stability in semiarid Mediterranean steppes
  • Does Pinus halepensis facilitate the establishment of shrubs in Mediterranean semi-arid afforestations?
  • Spatial patterns of surface soil properties and vegetation in a Mediterranean semi-arid steppe
  • Microsite and mycorrhizal inoculum effects on the establishment of Quercus coccifera in a semi-arid degraded steppe
  • Infiltration, penetration resistance and microphytic crust composition in contrasted microsites within a Mediterranean semi-arid steppe
  • Potential for using facilitation by grasses to establish shrubs on a semiarid degraded steppe
  • Spatial pattern and neighbour effects on Helianthemum squamatum seedlings in a Mediterranean gypsum community
  • Spatial pattern and neighbour effects on Helianthemum squamatum seedlings in a Mediterranean gypsum community.
  • Do positive interactions increase with abiotic stress? A test from a semi-arid steppe.
  • Which community attributes govern ecosystem functioning in drylands? A global assessment

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