Miguel Montoro Girona
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Restoration Ecology group of the department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå. My current research is focused on the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems and biodiversity using modelling resilience approaches to provide decision management tools to mitigate their effects in boreal forests. However, I have a background in silviculture and forest management developing experimental treatments to reach the sustainable management in boreal forest studding the growth, mortality, regeneration and vegetation responses but also the economic implications. During the last years, I participated in different Forest Ecology and Restoration projects around boreal biome: Canada, Sweden and Finland. Before starting in the wonderful world of Research, I worked during 4 years in the Ministry of the Environment of Andalusia (Spain) in different fields: evaluating grant applications for the European Commission of Environment funds, engineer in the forest fire intervention and technician in spatial analysis.
I am interested in Restoration Ecology, Forest Management and Natural Disturbances and have a special interest in Biodiversity Conservation, Wildlife Ecology and the Dendroecological or Paleoecological approaches to reconstruct the past of ecosystems. In my research, I like to study the forest ecosystems at multiples spatial and temporal scales considering the interaction between the ecological drivers. Thus, I combine innovator modelling techniques with fieldwork to get a better understanding of how species, stands and forest landscapes answer to the anthropic and natural disturbances using a complex adaptive system as the main framework.
My collaborations and network is focused in forest ecology researchers around the boreal biome: in Canada (UQAC, Laval University, Canadian Forest Service, Forest Complexity Modelling Program), Sweden (SLU), Finland (University of Helsinki and METLA and University of Eastern Finland) and USA (Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center). But also, I have special collaborations in Italy (University of Naples Federico II), France (INRA) and Spain (University of Seville and University of Huelva).
Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Management, University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, Canada. « Growth, mortality, regeneration and vegetation responses in black spruce stands after experimental silvicultural treatments». Supervisor: Dr Hubert Morin; Co-supervisor: Dr Jean-Martin Lussier. September, 2017.
Master in "Nature conservation and biodiversity". University of Cadiz and Government of Catalonia. 2009 - 2011.
Master in "Geographic information systems, spatial planning and environment." (ArcGIS 9.3, Access and Oracle databases, remote sensing, GPS, etc.). University of Seville. 2009.
Bachelor in Forestry Engineering, University of Huelva. Higher School of Technology of "La Rábida" 2007-2010.
Bachelor in Environmental Sciences. University of Murcia. Specialization in "Management and conservation of the natural environment". 2002-2007.
Spanish, French, English, Italian
Forest researcher on Canadian Forest Service (Environment Canada). Analyses of metadata, writting rapport and scientific paper about silviculture, windthrow and regeneration. 2016- 2017.
Environmental technician. Ministry of Employment Government of Andalusia. Development of environmental planning tools using participatory methodology techniques in the context of enterprises. Huelva. 2010 –2011.
Geographic Information Systems Technician. Project to signalize the Galician Wine Roads. Ministry of Tourism of Galicia. Turgalicia, Vigo. 2010.
Forestry engineer. Drafting and articulation of the Local Emergency Plan for the prevention of wildfires in Chilluévar, Jaén (Natural Park of Cazorla, Segura and las Villas). 2010.
Environmental technician. European grants for biodiversity, natural parks, forest fire prevention and forest management. Ministry of the Environment of Andalusia. Review, evaluation and issuance of grant applications and certification of funded projects. Jaén. 2009 - 2010.
Geographic Information Systems Technician. Ministry of the Environment of Andalusia. Cartography of the forest ecosystems for the annual report of the environment of Andalusia. Seville. 2008 - 2009.
Forestry engineer. INFOCA plan for the prevention and control of wildfires of the Ministry of the Environment of Andalusia. Cazorla. 2008.
SCOLARSHIP, AWARDS AND DISTINTIONS
Finalist in the contest of Canadian scientific photography “la preuve par l’image”. Award to be deliberate. See finalists
Scholarship of Research for innovations of experimental silvicultural treatments. 2016. Canadian forest Service.
Scholarship to promote and cover the publication frees on OpenAccess journal. Décanat de la recherche et de la création. 2016. UQAC.
Excellence scolarship to realize internship in Finland. Forest Complexity Modelling Program. UQAM. 2015.
Honor distinction fot the final project of B.Sc. “Analysis of contaminants in cetaceans of the western Mediterranean”. 2007.
I supervise one Bachelor student in Canada (Janie Lavoie) and also I collaborate in the external supervision of MSc student (Emy Tremblay).
Currently, we are looking for students for new projects, thus, if you are interested in doing an MSc thesis topic with me, please feel free to contact me.
Peer reviewed articles in international journals
Montoro Girona, M., Rossi, S., Lussier., J.M., Walsh, D., and Morin, H. Understanding the variability in tree growth responses after partial cutting treatments in boreal forest: Individual model approach 2017. PLOS-ONE. See article
Montoro Girona, M., Morin, H., Lussier, J. M., & Walsh, D. 2016. Radial growth response of black spruce stands ten years after experimental shelterwoods and seed-tree cuttings in boreal forest. Forests, 7(10), 240. See article
Montoro Girona, M., Navarro, L. and Morin, H. 2018. A Secret Hidden in the Sediments: Lepidoptera scales. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Perspective section), 6 (2). See paper
Montoro Girona, M., Morin, H., Lussier., J.M. and J.C. Ruel. Mortality by windthrow after different partial cutting treatments in boreal forest. From the PhD project. Submitted in Forestry, Oxford journals (special issue: Wind and Trees Conference, IUFRO).
Montoro Girona, M., Kuuluvainen, T. and Morin, H. (in redaction).Evaluation of the vegetation reponses 10 years after shelterwood treatments: Ecological comparative study between Finland and Quebec.
Montoro Girona, M., Morin, H., Lussier., J.M. and Thiffault, N. (in revision). Regeneration 10 years after clearcutting, seed-tree and 3 experimental shelterwoods in boreal forest. From the PhD project.
Tremblay, E., Morin, H., and Montoro Girona, M. (in redaction). Understanding Lepidopetera scales: The pool experiment. From the Master student project
Proceedings and other scientific reports
À la recherche de l’aménagement durable en forêt boréale : croissance, mortalité et régénération des pessières noires soumises à différents systèmes sylvicoles. Montoro Girona Miguel. 2017. Phd thesis, University from Quebec in Chicoutimi.
Regional plan for the prevention and control of wildfire. Montoro Girona, M., et Alaejos, J. 2010. Library of the University of Huelva. Without collaboration. Forest management tool. Thesis memory. See Thesis memory
Evaluation of heavy metals and organoclorines on cetaceans of Western-Mediterranean sea. Thesis memory. University of Murcia. 2007.
Vulgarisation papers about my published articles in Scientific blogs
ScienceDaily: See paper
Forest Science Database: See paper
Technology.org: See paper
Newswise: See paper
Press communication on the scientific results of my research project.
"La presse" Canadian Newspaper: See press communicationp
UQAC News:See press communication
Centre for Forest Research: "Featured articles section", 26 sept. 2017. See press communication
UQAC NEWS: See press comunication
Conferences and International Communications
Participation in “Wind and Trees” congress. IUFRO. Boulder, Colorado, USA. 2017. Oral presentation. See conference schedule
Public oral presentation with all the results of my Phd. UQAC. March 2017.
Oral presentation in Forest Complexity Modelling Program meeting with all the canadian students. Laurentides research Center, Quebec. 2016.
Oral presentation in 10th anunal meeting of Centre for Forest Research. Montréal. Avril, 2016. See abstract
Conference about resilience and partial cutting in boreal forest. University of Helsinki. 2015.
Poster in 8th annual meeting of Centre for Forest Research. Montreal. Avril, 2014. See poster
E-CANUSA congress. Rimouski. Octobre - 2014. Representation of Vegetal and Animal laboratoty of UQAC.
Virtual visit to our experimental design (360° in the forest). See Virtual Visit
Science popularisation of projects in Forest sciences and laboratory activities 2013-2016.
Interview with the regional media on the sustainable management of forests
Describing projects in Forest Ecology to high school students
Workshop with the society the Forest Day (Forester Society of Saguenay)(Forester Society of Saguenay)
Vulgarisation paper about my published papers in Scientific blogs and via social media
Vice-president of the university environmental association (Green Office)
Announcer of a radio program on environmental issues (Radio Regional de Murcia).
Coordinator of environmental volunteer programs at the University of Murcia
Editor/Referee journal Frontier in Plant Science, PLOS-ONE, Forests
Leisure activity Scientific diffusion, Photography, Ornithology, Hiking, Climbing.