Miguel Ibañez Álvarez

Miguel Ibañez Álvarez
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Department of Animal and Food Science

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Shifts in animal husbandry and landscape use have significantly changed ungulate grazing effects on ecosystem functioning. These changes are now the subject of extensive research with respect to plant and soil communities, but the results of these studies are highly varied and context dependent. The objective of this study is to address contextual...
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Invasive rodents have a detrimental impact on terrestrial ecosystem functioning, this is often exacerbated on small islands. Rat eradication campaigns are often used to deal with this environmental perturbation given their classification as invasive species. Studies assessing the effects of rodent control at ecosystem scale are scarce and thus litt...
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The INCREMENTO project attempts to evaluate the consequences of a progressive increase of wild ungulate (red deer, Cervus elaphus) abundance on the structure and functioning of two Mediterranean environments (Quintos de Mora, Toledo and Muela de Cortes, Valencia). We are conducting a manipulative approach based on the release of herds of female red...
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Alpine grasslands are essential for carbon sequestration and food supply for domestic and wild herbivores inhabiting mountainous areas worldwide. These biomes, however, are alternatively threatened by the abandonment of agricultural and livestock practices leading to a fast-growing shrubification process while other mountain grasslands are sufferin...
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L'elaboració dels programes de maneig i conservació d'espècies d'ungulats requereix el coneixement de la diversitat, distribució i disponibilitat anual de les plantes que els serveixen d'aliment. Per això, s'elaboren els "mapes de menjar", un treball que exigeix un esforç humà i econòmic que en limita la realització. Aquest estudi, proposa una nova...
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The threat of large forest fires is increasing, and the main causes are the depopulation of rural areas, along with the effects of climate change. To counter this threat in recent decades, there have been numerous proposals and actions aimed at promoting grazing in the forest as a tool for controlling biomass fuel. However, the continued disappeara...
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The assessment of landscape condition for large herbivores, also known as foodscapes, is fast gaining interest in conservation and landscape management programs worldwide. Although traditional approaches are now being replaced by satellite imagery, several technical issues still need to be addressed before full standardization of remote sensing met...
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Traditional methods to assess the effectiveness of animal grazing on biomass removal take considerable time and effort. In this study, we assess the effect of goat grazing on vegetation structure comparing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with manual sampling. The study has been conducted in scrubland area in Mallorca that is often grazed b...
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Conocer la diversidad y distribución de los recursos alimenticios para los grandes herbívoros es fundamental para el desarrollo de programas de manejo de fauna, flora y paisaje. En la actualidad, hay una tendencia a substituir los métodos tradicionales de cartografía vegetal por métodos basados en la teledetección. Sin embargo, aún no existe una me...
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Feral goat management is becoming the main conservation concern in the Majorca Island, Spain. Farming abandonment in the 1960s, when island tourism emerged, has resulted in a free ranging feral goat population linked not only to the deterioration of native vegetation but also to damages in crops and urban infrastructures. The lack of information ab...

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Determine the degree to which populations of ungulates (especially feral goats, Capra hircus L.) are limiting the dynamics of regeneration of Mediterranean vegetation on the islands. Special attention will be paid in areas disturbed by wildfires or by past silvicultural uses. The main species under investigation are Quercus ilex L. and Pinus halepensis Mill. Likewise, it is intended to evaluate the possibilities of transition from unmanaged herbivory to its management as a tool to prevent forest fires by modifying the forest fuel in firebreaks areas (grazing and brush control). Finally, the aim is to analyze the historical perspective and the technical and social perception of the unmanaged goat populations, currently present on the island, in order to determine a possible integral management plan.