Biodiversity monitoring

Biodiversity monitoring projects are needed to document the changing state of biodiversity over time and to evaluate how conservation objectives are fulfilled. Biodiversity monitoring is a key component of species and habitat management: it allows evaluating the efficiency of management measures, identifying nuisances and threats to biodiversity, defining favourable conservation status for long-term species persistence, and assessing compliance with international conservation agreements.


I have been particularly active in developing biodiversity monitoring programmes based on sampling procedures and standardised field data collection techniques, putting them into action on the ground, and analysing the collected data to document the changing state of biodiversity.

My main research activities have included:

  • Establishment of well-designed data collection strategies in the field
  • Collection of biodiversity data in the field for a variety of species groups
  • Optimization of long-term biodiversity monitoring projects for spatial modelling applications
  • Scientific coordination of biodiversity monitoring projects
  • Analysis of biodiversity monitoring data across varying spatial and temporal scales

I have been actively participating in the data collection for different biodiversity inventories, mapping or monitoring projects in different countries:

Read more

Herrando et al. (2019) Contrasting impacts of precipitation on Mediterranean birds and butterflies. Scientific Reports, 9, 5680. [PDF]
Mihoub et al. (2017) Setting temporal baselines for biodiversity: the limits of available monitoring data for capturing the full impact of anthropogenic pressures. Scientific Reports, 7, 41591. [PDF]
Herrando et al. (2016) Assessing impacts of land abandonment on Mediterranean biodiversity using indicators based on bird and butterfly monitoring data. Environmental Conservation, 43, 69-78. [PDF]
Aizpurua et al. (2015) Optimising long-term monitoring projects for species distribution modelling: how atlas data may help. Ecography, 38, 29-40. [PDF]