Staff / Landscape dynamics and biodiversity
Bota Cabau, Gerard
   
gerard.bota@ctfc.cat
973 48 1752 (264)

He is currently the head of the Biodiversity and Animal Conservation Lab at the CTFC. His research objectives are focused on the study of interactions between agriculture and farmland birds, basically in steppe-land extensive farmland areas. Another main goal of his research is based on the knowledge transfer of conservation biology criteria to stakeholders, and help them to be applied and implement in nature conservation planning. Since 2003, Gerard Bota and his team has developed a close relation with the Catalan regional government dealing and giving advice to regional stakeholders on the conservation planning of the steppe-land species and Natura2000 protected areas in Catalonia.

He had participated in different research projects related to biodiversity, conservation and environmental services in agricultural systems like ERANET projects (FARMLAND) and a project funded by the Fundación General CSIC-Banco Santander (STEPPEAHEAD). He is also currently involved as a lead partner in a INTERREG Europe project (BID-REX ; From Biodiversity data to decions). 

The research outputs of this and other projects are more than 20 SCI papers co-authorship published in journals like Conservation Letters, Biodiversity and Conservation, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Ecological Indicators, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, PlosOne, Journal of Avian Biology, etc.

He has  been also first editor of the book "Ecology and Conservation of Steppe-land birds" published by Lynx Editions and co-author of different chapters (more than 10) in different international and regional books.

Last publications:

Sardà-Palomera, F.; Bota, G.; Padilla, N.; Brotons, Ll.; Sardà, F. (2017) Unmanned Aerial Systems to unravel spatial and temporal factors affecting decision-making processes in colony formation in birds.  Journal of Avian Biology, 48, 1-8

Robleño, I.; Bota, G.; Giralt, D.; Recasens, J. (2017) Fallow management for steppe bird conservation: the impact of cultural practices on vegetation structure and food resources. Biodiversity and Conservation, 26(1), 133-150

Traba, J.; Casals, P.; Broto, F.; Camprodon, J.; Giralt, D.; Guixé, D.; Mechergui, R.; Rios, A.; Sales, S.; Taull, M.; Ammari, Y.; Solano, D.; Bota, G. (2016)  Coexistence and habitat partitioning at micro- and macro-scales of rodent species in a North African desert (Bou-Hedma National Park, Tunisia). Journal of Arid Environments, 131, 46-58

Cardador, L; Brotons, L; Mougeot, F; Giralt, D; Bota, G; Pomarol, M; Arroyo, B. (2015) Conservation traps and long-term species persistence in anthropized systems. Conservation Letters. 8(6), 456-462

García de la Morena, E.; Morales, M.B.; Bota, G.; Silva, J.P; Ponjoan, A.; Suárez, F.; Mañosa, S.; de Juana, E. (2015)  Migration patterns of Iberian little bustards. Ardeola, 62(1) 95-112

Arizaga, J., Bota, G., Mazuelas, D., Vera, P. (2014) The role of environmental and geographic variables explaining the differential wintering distribution of a migratory passerine in southern Europe. Journal of Ornithology, 156, 469-479.

Cardador,L.; De Cáceres, M.; Giralt, D.; Bota,G.; Aquilué, N.; Arroyo, B.; Mougeot, F.;  Cantero-Martínez, C.; Viladomiu, L.;  Rosell, J.; Casas, F.; Estrada, A.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Brotons, Ll. (2014). Tools for exploring habitat suitability for steppe birds under land use change scenarios. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 200, 119-125

Morales, M.B.; Casas, F.; García de la Morena, E., Ponjoan, A.; Calabuig, G.;  Martinez-Padilla, J.; González, J.T.; Mañosa, S.; Viñuela, J.; Bota, G. (2014) Density dependence and habitat quality modulate the intensity of display territory defence in an exploded lekking species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 68, 1493-1504