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Luis Merino-Martín

  • PhD
  • Research Fellow
  • INRA, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, France
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Research interests

My main research interest is to study ecological processes in the soil-water-vegetation continuum with special focus on soil erosion. I am now studying the role of vegetation (particularly plant roots) and microorganisms in protecting soil against erosion

About

I completed my BSc in Environmental Sciences in 2004 at Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain. After that, I did an MSc in Life Sciences at the same university with a Thesis entitled: ‘Ecological succession on restored slopes under Mediterranean continental climate’ in 2007. Following the MSc I obtained a PhD in 2010. During my PhD I studied the interaction between vegetation and overland flow and its relationships with ecological succession patterns, focusing on the effects of overland flow routing along the slope on these interrelationships (thesis title: Ecology of restored slopes from opencast coal mining: ecological interactions). In 2010, I obtained a postdoctoral fellowship for a two year research project from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for Spanish citizens in foreign countries (MAEC-AECID) to carry out the project: 'Participatory research project: Cloud forest conservation initiative, Uspantán, Quiché, Guatemala'. The project area is among the poorest and most underdeveloped regions of Guatemala and is suffering severe deforestation that has compromised the area’s biodiversity, ecological resources, and socio-economic potential. In this project, we established cooperative relationships with eight Indigenous 'conservation communities' to promote the sustainable use and conservation of forest resources through progressive social initiatives and performed the first forest inventory in the pristine cloud forest of Cerro El Amay. I moved to Kings Park in 2012 where I worked on a restoration project in Koolanooka Hills, located in the Midwest on the edge of the Wheatbelt. In this project, we worked in partnership with Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Limited (SMC) in a Banded Ironstone Formation where the challenge was to restore a threatened ecological community. At Koolanooka we made innovative research to study interactions between seed ecology and soil conditions under different climate scenarios. Recently, I am working between AMAP (Montpellier) and CEH (Wallingford) where I am studying the role of vegetation (particularly plant roots) and microorganisms in protecting soil against erosion processes.

Co-authors (49)

  • Jillianne Segura

Publications (5)

  • Interactions between seed functional traits and burial depth regulate germination and seedling emergence under water stress in species from semi-arid environments

    • Merino-Martín L
    • Courtauld C
    • Commander L
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  • Land cover effects on water balance partitioning in the Colombian Andes: improved water availability in early stages of natural vegetation recovery

    • García-Leoz V
    • Camilo Villegas J
    • Suescún D
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  • Overcoming topsoil deficits in restoration of semiarid lands: Designing hydrologically favourable soil covers for seedling emergence

    • Merino-Martín L
    • Commander L
    • Mao Z
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  • Seed ecology informs restoration approaches for threatened species in water-limited environments: A case study on the short-range Banded Ironstone endemic Ricinocarpos brevis (Euphorbiaceae)

    • Turner S
    • Lewandrowski W
    • Elliott C
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  • A framework for the practical science necessary to restore sustainable, resilient, and biodiverse ecosystems

    • Miller B
    • Sinclair E
    • Menz M
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Professional experience

Research Fellow

INRA, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, France

May 2014 - Present

Education

PhD

Universidad de Alcalá

October 2007 - October 2010(3 years)

DEA (MSc) Life Sciences

Universidad de Alcalá

September 2005 - September 2007(2 years)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

September 2005 - September 2006(a year)

BSc Environmental Sciences

Universidad de Alcalá

September 1999 - September 2004(5 years)