Who we are?
This is the website of Dr. Pablo García-Palacios, a Research Fellow at Rey Juan Carlos University (Spain). Pablo and his co-workers are primarily interested in how climate change will affect soil carbon and nitrogen cycling, and how we can use such knowledge to improve the management of agricultural lands.
We aim to understand the role of plants and soil organisms as drivers of soil carbon and nitrogen cycling. This ecological knowledge is crucial to improve the management of agricultural lands while reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The ultimate goal is to increase crop yield, its stability over time,
and its nutritional diversity, in a context of climate change and human population growth.
What do we do?
We conduct experimental research in long-term ecological and agroecological platforms exploring the effects of climate change and farming practices on the plant-soil system, as well as on the consequences for ecosystem processes such as soil carbon cycling and crop production. We are also involved in global-scale observational networks aimed to finding consistent patterns across biomes, climates and soil types. Finally, we also carry out studies in growth chambers and greenhouses to disentangle the mechanisms by which plant and soil communities mediate the ecosystem responses to climate change. To do that, we use approaches from multiple disciplines such as ecosystem, community and soil ecology, microbiology, remote sensing, soil
chemistry, plant functional ecology, agronomy and agroecology.
Where do we do it?
Our research takes place in both natural and agricultural systems. Current projects include sampling in tropical, boreal and
temperate forests, subarctic tundra, global drylands, wheat fields and domesticated crops vs. wild progenitors’ comparisons.