After graduating in Agricultural Engineering, Dr. Blanco obtained a PhD in Forest Ecology from the Public University of Navarre (Spain), and then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and research associate at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, CanadA) for 7 years. Then he returned to Spain working as a "Ramón y Cajal" and "Marie Curie" research fellow at the Department of Environmental Sicences in UPNA, where he is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sciences. His research interests are focused on the development and evaluation of ecological models to simulate the influences of management, climate and other ecological factors on tree growth. He is currently collaborating with research teams from several countries (Canada, USA, Spain, Cuba, China and Taiwan) in using ecological models to explore the effects of climate change, atmospheric pollution and alternative forest practices in natural and planted forest in boreal, temperate and tropical forests. He has published more than 80 scientific papers on forest ecology topics, and his research has been applied not only in the ecological studies, but also in mining to optimize reclamation plans, in forestry to assess the potential for carbon sequestration and by government agencies and consulting companies to define local guidelines for long-term sustainable forest management. Among other topics related to forest ecology, Dr. Blanco has studied the influence of climate variations on tree growth and estimated the possible ecological consequences of climate change in forest ecosystems. Dr. Blanco is member of the Global Forest Expert Panel and part of the IUFRO Task Force on Forests, Soils, Water and their relationships. He has also co-authored the first book dedicated exclusively to the use of hybrid ecological models in forest management, entitled "Forecasting Forest Futures" (Earthscan, London), has edited three books on Climate Change, one on Forest Ecosystems and one on Biodiversity published by InTech. Hi is currently Associated Editor of the journals "Ecosistemas", "Energy, Ecology and Environmet" and "Ecological Modelling".
Publications: In total Dr. Blanco has published 42 papers in SCI journals, 9 books, 32 book chapters and 72 conference communications. The complete list of publications can be consulted in:
Reviews: Among the World´s top reviewers for Forestry Sciences, as ranked by Publons.
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